2/11/21: screening/discussion with filmmaker Franklin López, moderated by Stephen Charbonneau.
On February 11, 2021, Media Burn and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago hosted Franklin López, who screened and discussed a selection of his work as a politically engaged DIY filmmaker, including his current project documenting a series of major blockades and protests by Indigenous groups in Canada that aimed to stop construction of a gas pipeline. López was joined by moderator Stephen Charbonneau.
Franklin López was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has been making political films for over 30 years, with a focus on social justice and environmental issues. He has published hundreds of films online since 1998 under the name subMedia, which have been watched by millions, broadcast on international TV networks and screened in alleyways and movie theaters all around the world. He has received accolades from the New York Times and Wired magazine, and had an entire chapter dedicated to this work in Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas.
Stephen Charbonneau is an Associate Professor of Film Studies and Graduate Director in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He is also the author of Projecting Race: Postwar America, Civil Rights and Documentary Film (2016) and co-editor (with Chris Robé) of InsUrgent Media from the Front: A Media Activism Reader (2020).