Meet the Filmmaker: Sumner Jules Glimcher
“A Problem of Power”
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway (between 37thand 38thStreets), Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
*Free to NY NATAS Members!
$15 for those without current NY NATAS membership.
In 1970, Bill Fore, the Director of the Department of Broadcasting & Film at the National Council of Churches, called Sumner Jules Glimcher, then the Manager of the Center for Mass Communication at Columbia University. Each year, said Fore, the NCC decided on a topic that needed national attention and created documents that were sent to member churches for discussion. The topic for the following year was going to be “Poverty in Latin America” and the NCC had raised sufficient funds to commission a documentary to be the centerpiece for the upcoming year. Fore asked Glimcher if CMC would make the film. One major problem would be that although most interviews would be conducted in Spanish, of course the completed film must be in English. The budget allowed for a crew of five: producer/director; cinematographer; soundman; interviewer and a representative of the NCC. Gustavo Nieto-Roa, not only bi-lingual, but actually a native of Bogotá was selected as cinematographer. Warren Johnson served as director of sound, and also as the second cameraman. Bill Wipfler, an associate of the NCC was not only the bi-lingual interviewer, but also greatly knowledgeable in all things Latin American. Laura Hogan was the representative of the NCC. Since the funds were insufficient to shoot in multiple countries, it was decided to confine the location to one country representative to most of Latin America, and that nation was Colombia. The CMC crew spent one month on location and covered all aspects of that nation from the richest to the poorest and “A Problem of Power,” a 45-minute work was the result. Although produced several decades ago, it is apparent that most of the problems then have changed little in the intervening years.
About the Filmmaker:
Sumner Jules Glimcherhas had a divided career having spent two thirds of it in program production and one third in academe having taught at Harvard, his alma mater, Columbia and most recently at NYU, where until his early retirement he headed the “Department of Film, Video & Broadcasting” at NYU’s School of Continuing Education. He has also been a consultant to the President of Harvard, the United Nations and for more than twenty years, the Consulate of Japan. He has lectured on eleven luxury cruise liners, led groups of photographers and filmmakers to China and Japan, and his films have earned more than three dozen national and international awards. He recently completed his memoir, “A Filmmaker’s Journal” self-published as an EBOOK.
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Producer & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher.