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NY Emmy® Nomination Announcement

The Writing Code

Reception: 6:00 – 6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30 - 8:30 PM (Q&A to Follow)
 
RESERVATION REQUIRED due to LIMITED SEATING.
Please RSVP via EMAIL info@nyemmys.org

All attendees must be listed on our guest list due to building security.
 
"The Writing Code" (Programs One and Two will be screened):
 
This is a preview of a major new series of films for Public Television on the most important invention in the history of mankind.  Something even more important than the wheel.  It is what created civilization.  It is the incredible communication system we know as Writing. 
 
Even though writing is both our most creative technology and our greatest art form, nobody has made films about it before.  The Writing Code is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation. These films of special interest to people who care about documentary film making.
 
The films are of special interest, also, because they follow the hugely successful PBS series of films, by the same producers, on language.  The Human Language is now seen as a “basic text” and is being used in over 3,000 colleges. 
         
The distinguishing qualities of the human species are that we walk upright, that our bodies don’t have hair, and that we have large brains.  The asset that made us top creature was that we acquired language.  The asset that gave us civilization was the invention of writing.  It happened a mere five thousand years ago.  The first of these films shows where and how it happened.

Program One, The Greatest Invention, The distinguishing qualities of the human species are that we walk upright, that our bodies don’t have hair, and that we have large brains.  The asset that made us top creature was that we acquired language.  The asset that gave us civilization was the invention of writing.  It happened a mere five thousand years ago.  The first of these films shows where and how it happened.

Program Two, The Art and The Craft, is about writing in stone; how papyrus was made; how Gutenberg changed the world; how the post office works; the life and death of the typewriter; the invention of spaces between words; how to make paper out of blue jeans; and about how writers write – with crime writer Elmore Leonard, poet Quincy Troupe, and author Margaret Atwood who says that “Call me Ishmael” is the best opening line she has ever read.  The Writing Code shows that we are totally dependent on writing in the “civilized world” today.

Program Three, The Literate Society.  Clay school tablets in Sumer, Egyptian scribes, Irish monks putting spaces between words… Democracy brings the goal of universal literacy, from the one room schoolhouse to today’s overcrowded, multi-cultural public schools. Learning to read and write has never been easy. With the rise of the internet in this information age, the new literacy includes an “economy of attention,” knowing what to throw away.

Speaker
Gene Searchinger (producer/director) started making industrial films (for oil companies, etc.) in the 60’s.  Around the world ten times.  Later, films for the Metropolitan Museum (on Velasquez, Noguchi, building the Chinese Garden Courtyard) and the Metropolitan Opera (the chorus, the ballet, tenors and divas).  Favorite films: The Dam at Nagajunasagar; ...

Gene Searchinger (producer/director) started making industrial films (for oil companies, etc.) in the 60’s.  Around the world ten times.  Later, films for the Metropolitan Museum (on Velasquez, Noguchi, building the Chinese Garden Courtyard) and the Metropolitan Opera (the chorus, the ballet, tenors and divas).  Favorite films: The Dam at Nagajunasagar; Paradox on 72nd Street; and In a Brilliant Light, on van Gogh, for the Metropolitan.


Suzanne Bauman (producer/director/editor) has produced and directed films for all networks, for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian.  Her last PBS special was the immensely popular Jackie Behind the Myth. She has won numerous awards including an Academy nomination for A Cuban Odyssey and an Academy Special Merit award for La Belle Époque. Her feature-length documentary Shadow of Afghanistan premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006.


Norman C. Berns (producer/director) has co-produced a number of films with Gene Searchinger, has been line producer, director and/or assistant director on documentaries, features and TV series including My Dinner With Andre and The Chair as well as 18 productions for Mobil Oil Production and eight productions over four years with The Metropolitan Opera. 
 


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When?

Tue, Aug. 28, 2007
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Eastern

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Where?

NY NATAS
1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
(Between 37th and 38th Streets)