2019

Susan Tifft Fellow

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Event Details

2019

Susan Tifft Fellow

2019 Susan Tifft Fellow Daphne McWilliams, a native New Yorker, is a documentary film producer and director. In her public talk at CDS, “Crossing the Fourth Wall: When the Filmmaker Becomes the Subject,” McWilliams will speak about her passion for documentary and the making of her film In a Perfect World—when she found herself not only the director but the subject—as well as her evolution in the world of doc film as a woman of a color. In a Perfect World explores the dynamics of what it means to be a man who is raised by a single mother. The film goes beyond statistics and news reports to create a deeply personal and impressionistic documentary portrait. “Crossing the fourth wall is my version of ‘breaking the fourth wall’; my documentary allows for transparency and self-reflection by allowing the audience to see both the subjects’ and the crew’s interactions as the story unfolds,” McWilliams says.

“Over the last two decades, approaches to documentary filmmaking have changed. There are a significant number of new platforms on which people can stream their content at low cost. More than ever, I feel that I have a responsibility to create detailed and accurate content that has been thoroughly vetted; it is crucial to collaborate with the best people in their fields in order to tell the truest stories.”

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

12/12/2019

Screening - In a Perfect World ...

6pm - 8pm

NYU - INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS & CENTER FOR BLACK VISUAL CULTURE- 14A WASHINGTON MEWS - located on 1ST FLOOR SPACE

Event Details

12/12/2019

Screening - In a Perfect World ...

Join director Daphne McWilliams as she discusses her film,

In a Perfect World...  in which she explores the dynamics of what it means to be a man who is raised by a single mother. Over the course of several years, independent filmmaker and Producer Daphne McWilliams interviewed men about the relationships they had with their mothers and, to varying degrees, their absentee fathers. 

The documentary became both a personal depiction of her son's maturation process as well as a sociological overview of what it is like to be a man raised solely by his mother. 

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Q&A and reception to follow . 

6pm - 8pm

NYU - INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS & CENTER FOR BLACK VISUAL CULTURE- 14A WASHINGTON MEWS - located on 1ST FLOOR SPACE

10/3/2019

Screening - In a Perfect World ...

All day

Duke University

Event Details

10/3/2019

Screening - In a Perfect World ...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

2019 Susan Tifft Fellow Daphne McWilliams returns to Durham/Duke for a special screening of her film In a Perfect World, which goes beyond statistics and news reports to create a deeply personal and impressionistic documentary portrait of men who were raised by single mothers, and the impact that having absentee fathers had on their lives. Daphne and her son, Chase Myles, who is featured in the film, will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening. Watch trailer.

6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening; Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus

All day

Duke University