SOCIAL JUSTICE & DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING: A Talk and Screening with Tim Guthrie

Tuesday, April 5 // 7 PM

Tim Guthrie is a multi-media artist who works in traditional drawing, painting, and sculpting as well as digital animation, 3D printing, and filmmaking.  As Kim Carpenter points out in a June 2015 issue of Omaha Magazine, “[while [Guthrie’s] mediums vary widely, he uses them all to advocate for social justice, often by focusing on controversial issues.”  The evening will include a screening of the short (20 min.) documentary Mother Kuskokwim (directed by Guthrie and made in collaboration with students and faculty colleagues from Creighton University) and an artist's talk by Guthrie on the process and purpose of social justice through documentary filmmaking. Free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by Gonzaga University’s Public Humanities Task Force.

Mother Kuskokwim profiles the Yup'ik people of southwestern Alaska. The Yup'iks still practice a subsistence way of life that has sustained them physically and spiritually for thousands of years. This way of life is now threatened by chronic poverty and the growing threat of climate change. 

This film has been recognized nationally and internationally, as an official selection for numerous film festivals, including the 8th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, the Omaha Film Festival, the UNO Native Film Festival, and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. It has also won awards for Best Emerging Filmmaker(s) from the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and Best Short Feature at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.