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Video Activist Presents Revolutionary Documentary at Hobart and William Smith

May 8, 2000 Geneva, NY – Filmmaker Jacqueline Soohen from Big Noise Films will screen two digital documentaries and speak on video activism on May 11 and 12 in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Fresh from filming the IMF protests in Washington, D.C., Soohen will show the award-winning documentary of urban street politics called “Black&Gold” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, and present “Breaking the Bank” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12. The events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Both films are lauded for their innovative aesthetic quality as well as their political timeliness. “This is what documentary films will look like five years from now,” predicts Rita Meno, Director of Vistas Film Festival.

“Black&Gold” is a 76-minute digital video documentary that tells the story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation. The product of more than one year of filming in New York City, “Black&Gold” combines the testimony of Kings and Queens with a fast-paced stream of images and hip-hop beats that capture the texture of their struggle and of the urban landscape in which it takes place.

“Breaking the Bank” provides eyewitness accounts of the April 2000, protests in the nation's capital. After the Seattle victory that shut down the WTO, thousands of protesters converged on Washington, D.C., to challenge the IMF and the World Bank. “Breaking the Bank” makes available non-corporate coverage that is not available anywhere else.

Big Noise Films is a non-profit media collective dedicated to producing beautiful, politically and culturally challenging films. Big Noise Films aims to imaginatively redeploy new digital technologies to challenge the corporate media monopoly. Selected for Cannes Film Festival's “Emerging Filmmakers” Series, Big Noise Films have won numerous honors, including Best of Festival at the Smithsonian Latino Film Series and first place awards for documentaries at both CineFestival and Nextframe. Their Web site is

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