7.00pm , 4.15pm
Craft Lecture with Theo Anthony
“This film really could’ve been made about any place with a rat infestation or with a history of racist housing policies, which is really any city in America… When you start to look at why these boundaries exist, you realize that they are not accidental. These things are intentionally planned, meticulously mapped out and masterfully enforced at every level of government.” – Theo Anthony via HotDocs
In this intimate lecture, Theo will share insights from his career and creative process in documentary filmmaking, along with specific techniques from the production of his debut feature Rat Film. Rat Film plays at NWFF Oct. 25–29, with Theo in attendance for the screenings on the 25th and 26th.
Tickets to screenings sold separately.
“There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.” In his dazzling directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat as a passageway into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore. A unique blend of history, sci-fi, poetry and portraiture, Rat Film brilliantly breaks documentary norms and dissects how racial segregation, redlining, and environmental racism built the Baltimore we see today.
Theo Anthony (b. 1989) is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker currently based in Baltimore, MD. His work been featured by the The Atlantic, Vice, BBC World News, and other international media outlets. His films have received premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, SXSW, and Anthology Film Archives. In 2015, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. His first feature, Rat Film, debuted at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival to critical acclaim, with Richard Brody of the New Yorker calling it “one of the most extraordinary, visionary inspirations in the recent cinema”. Rat Film will be distributed domestically by Cinema Guild and internationally by Visit Films.
7.00pm , 4.15pm