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Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker and Artist Explores Gun Violence and Public Education

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Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu
 

Free screenings of two documentaries by Otis College of Art and Design’s Artist in Residence Brad Pruitt.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Jan. 16, 2013 - Otis College of Art and Design, in collaboration with Watts House Project and MKE<->LAX, presents two free public screenings with filmmaker Brad Pruitt in Culver City and Watts. Otis faculty member and director of MKE<->LAX Sara Daleiden will lead discussions following the screenings.

Screenings
Bending Towards the Light: February 2, 7 PM, Otis Grad Studios, 10455 W Jefferson Blvd, Culver City 90232

Mark my Words: March 7, 7 PM, Watts House Projects, 1726 E. 107th St, Los Angeles, 90002

The Milwaukee-based filmmaker will be artist in residence in Otis Graduate Public Practice from January-April 2013. As an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and artist, Pruitt explores issues such as gun violence and new approaches to public education, finding new voices and ideas to help develop solutions for seemingly intractable challenges. He will co-teach a course on education, community engagement and the value of social change work by artists.

Bending Towards the Light focuses on the U.S. heartland to examine the challenges and hopes of students, parents, teachers, reformers and activists. Mark My Words documents 24 hours in the lives of American poets, featuring their day jobs, home lives, families and routines.

About Otis Graduate Public Practice
The only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, the Program focuses on both collaborative and individual art production. Public practice – also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture – consists of video, performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and web-based projects. The Program, under the leadership of Suzanne Lacy, the renowned author and artist, educator, theorist of socially engaged public art, prepares students to re-invent traditional media-specific ways of thinking about art making.

About Watts House Project
In this artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment organization, artists and design professionals, in collaboration with the Watts Towers area residents, employ art as an economic and community development engine to promote and enhance the quality of residential life in the Watts neighborhood. WHP brings residents together in a creative partnership with artists, architects, design professionals, and volunteers to revitalize the neighborhood and re-imagine the environment through inventive programming, community involvement, and functional and creative housing renovations.

About MKE<->LAX
MKE<->LAX investigates cultural exchange, through residencies and public programs between Milwaukee and Los Angeles. MKE<->LAX moves between regions to pose questions about the influence that location, size, market, cultural values and other regional factors have on the arts and cultural identity.

Bending the Light trailer: http://vimeo.com/1905294
Mark My Words trailer: http://vimeo.com/19053522

Contact Consuelo Velasco Montoya (310) 846-2610 or publicpractice@otis.edu

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.