#Film&Friends Presents: Discourse

December 2, 2015

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2439 18th St NW

Free

Join Discourse‘s Neil Brandvold and Spencer Chumbley at The Lookout DC Film and Friends for a screening and discussion of their latest work, including:

• “Meet the Fearless Ebola Hunters of Sierra Leone,” which follows the courageous frontline health workers tracking and stopping the spread of Ebola throughout West Africa;
• TEASER TRAILER: “The Dogs Will Eat them Later,” a FoxTale Films production – a sneak peak into the feature length documentary currently in production which gives an in-depth look at one of the world’s most fearsome rebellions: Congo’s M23;
• And “Oil and Water,” which exposing the Keystone XL of the Midwest, a 62-year-old pipline lying at the bottom of the Great Lakes.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Screenings will begin promptly at 8 p.m.

About the filmmakers:
Neil Brandvold is a freelance photojournalist and filmmaker with experience working in conflict, disaster, and post-disaster zones across Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East. His work has been featured on the Washington Post, National Geographic, Newsweek, Al Jazeera, USA Today, BBC, CNN, as well as many non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Brandvold extensively covered the 2014 Ebola epidemic working in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Spencer Chumbley is a journalist and filmmaker based in Washington, DC and is the managing member of Discourse. His work has been featured in VICE, Al Jazeera, The Economist, and TIME, among others. Chumbley’s documentary work is grounded in a strong academic foundation gained through the study of conflict, international development and economics at graduate level. He holds a MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies and a Honors BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

About the films:
“Meet the Fearless Ebola Hunters of Sierra Leone”
After spending time during the initial Ebola outbreak I returned to Liberia and Sierra Leone in March this year to follow the courageous men and women known as Ebola hunters, who track down potential Ebola cases across West Africa. They intercept infected and fleeing patients, set up quarantines, and handle proper burials while facing fear and daily death threats. In taking on this difficult job, the hunters hope to help contain the spread of Ebola and earn the public’s trust.

TEASER TRAILER: “The Dogs Will Eat Them Later”
The Dogs Will Eat Them Later, a FoxTale Films production, is a real-life thriller giving audiences unprecedented access to one of the world’s most fearsome rebellions – Congo’s M23. Our team of filmmakers follow journalist Mike Shum through the web of proxy powers competing in the lawless jungles of the war-torn country through extensive on-the-ground reporting, embeds with M23 rebels on the frontlines of the conflict and secret encounters with a high-level informant. A complicated relationship between journalist and subject emerges as Shum sheds light on why one of the world’s richest supply of natural resources has been plagued by crushing poverty and violence for decade.

“Oil and Water”
The world’s largest crude oil transporter has a secret buried deep in the Great Lakes: two unsupported, aging pipelines that transport 23 million gallons of crude oil every day through the largest freshwater system on earth. In a new VICE Motherboard documentary, filmmaker Spencer Chumbley travels to Michigan to investigate accusations of secrecy and neglect aimed at Enbridge, the Canadian energy delivery company responsible for two 62-year pipelines stretching across the Straits of Mackinac. While Enbridge insists that the aging pipelines are secure and continuously maintained, many Midwest residents accuse the company of withholding valuable information from the public. View the trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw9gNK2h5O0

For more information about Discourse, visit www.fosterdiscourse.com.

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