Cinema 53: An Evening with Judy Hoffman
An Evening with Judy Hoffman
In conversation with Tracye Matthews and Jacqueline Stewart
From her work in the Alternative TV Movement of the early 70’s, through her projects with Jean Rouch, Albert Maysles, Ronit Bezalel, Michelle Citron, Gordon Quinn and the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation of British Columbia, University of Chicago’s Judy Hoffman has embodied and championed the collaborative nature of documentary filmmaking. Hoffman screens clips from her 40+ years of work, in conversation with University of Chicago historian and filmmaker Tracye Matthews and University of Chicago film scholar/Cinema 53 curator Jacqueline Stewart.
Judy Hoffman is one of the founders of Kartemquin Films, worked on many of their award-winning productions, and was the first woman Camera Assistant in Chicago. She worked on widely released feature films and documentaries but a major focus of her work has been with the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation of British Columbia, producing films and videotapes about the reclaiming of Native culture and directing a video training program on the N’amgis Reserve so that the Kwakwaka’wakw could make their own tapes. Hoffman received an MFA from Northwestern University, and is a Professor of Practice in the departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Visual Arts at University of Chicago.
Tracye A. Matthews is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at University of Chicago. She is co-producer of the documentary ‘63 Boycott with Kartemquin Films. Matthews earned her doctorate in American History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Presented with support from the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at University of Chicago.