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Collection Description

Mark Freeman, a filmmaker with over 40 years of experience, is a Professor of Television, Film and New Media in the School of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University. He has produced and directed, written and edited programs for broadcast on public television.

Freeman’s documentaries have won numerous awards including a Gold Apple at the National Educational Film and Video Festival, a Certificate of Merit at the Chicago International Film Festival and a Red Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival. They are in the collection of libraries and universities throughout the country, and have screened at museums including the Weltmuseum (Vienna), Hong-Gah Musuem (Taipei), Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art (NY).

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Body/Bag, 2017
A dance by a figure covered in transparent plastic is accompanied by music. The accompanying text is "We are born in a sac--we live in a bag." The cinematographer is Smangaliso Ngwenya, the "Enchanted Drones" by Shaun Acker, the "post production wizard" Greg Penetrante, with a list of "special thanks" that includes CueTV and the Rhodes University School of Journalism & Media Studies. The video was "made possible in part by support from the Fulbright Program, Hugh Le May Fellowship, Rhodes University, and San Diego State University." Gavin Krastin choreographed and performed in the video., San Diego State University
Conquest and Prison, 2018
This is a film of a two-part site-specific dance set in Grahamstown, South Africa. Part I, "Oscar's Journey," is a solo performance by Oscar Buthelezi, the first African choreographer to win the Kurt Jooss Price ("Road," 2016). This part combines spoken word and a performance at a cannon emplacement at British-built Fort Selwyn. Here, the introduction says, "the AmaXhosa resisted the settlers' army for 100 years." Music composition was by Andrew Mario Smith, and music compilation by Teboho Gilhert Letele. Part II, "Child's Play," features Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson at the 1824 Old Gaol, where thousands of black South Africans were imprisoned. Music for this part was by Matt Vend, and the "post production wizard" for both parts was Greg Penetrante Venues for screening and broadcast included the New York African Film Festival/Brooklyn Academy of Music and the San Diego Central Public Library. It was "made possible by support from the Fulbright Program, Hugh Le May Fellowship, Rhodes University, [and] San Diego State University.", San Diego State University