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Dreams and Fires - Experiences in Documentary Filmmaking in Latin America

Maureen Gosling
Gosling talk flyer
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:30pm
Thomson Hall Room 101

In this lecture, Gosling will discuss her work in Latin America and screen clips from two award winning documentaries: Burden of Dreams, a view into the controversial filming of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and the reaction of Aguaruna and other Indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon, and Blossoms of Fire, a tribute to the Isthmus Zapotec People of southern Oaxaca Mexico.

Maureen Gosling, a filmmaker for more than 40 years, has worked as a director, producer, editor, sound recordist and distributor. Gosling produced and directed, with Chris Simon, the feature documentary, THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC!, on the life of American roots music record producer, Chris Strachwitz. Gosling directed, produced and edited BLOSSOMS OF FIRE (2000), feature-length, on the Zapotecs of Oaxaca, Mexico. Gosling is best known for her 20-year collaboration, as co-filmmaker, editor and sound recordist, with the late director Les Blank on more than two-dozen documentaries. Their best-known film is the British Academy Award winning “making of” classic, BURDEN OF DREAMS, on Werner Herzog’s filming of FITZCARRALDO in the Peruvian Amazon. Gosling is also a sought-after editor. Her current projects as editor include: A DANGEROUS IDEA, directed by Stephanie Welch; THE LONG SHADOW, directed by Frances Causey. She is also co-filmmaker with Maxine Downs on BAMAKO CHIC: THREADS OF POWER, COLOR AND CULTURE.

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