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Manny’s: Filming the Resistance: A Conversation with Filmmaker Frank Chi
March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
During the first two years of the Trump era, civil society had only one lever of power to resist: protest in the streets. Filmmaker Frank Chi captured on camera almost every major resistance rally held from 2017 to 2019. In doing so, Frank and his team have created some of the progressive movement’s most popular video content – helping shape the perception of new movements and in turn, becoming known as the “filmmaker of the resistance.”
Frank will join us to discuss what he’s learned through the frenetic fights of the past two years, and what awaits the world of political video as the spotlight turns from protest to the Democratic Congress and the 2020 campaign. Has the way we consume video content on social media completely changed our politics? Or are we in for even more upheaval?
Frank Chi is an award-winning filmmaker, creative director, and digital media strategist. Since 2016, his short films on behalf of partners and clients in social activism have earned him the nickname the “filmmaker of the resistance.” His frequent partners include MoveOn, Color of Change, Indivisible, Women’s March, Be A Hero, among others.
Frank’s “Langston Hughes in Our Time” video series in collaboration with MoveOn, Color of Change and United We Dream brought to life Hughes’s poems “Kids Who Die”, “Let America Be America Again” and “Democracy” – and was called “the perfect Black Lives Matter tribute” by HuffPost. His collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution to celebrate America’s immigration legacy – including the short films “Letters from Camp” and “America is in the Heart” – remain the Smithsonian’s most popular videos on social media.
Frank has led digital creative campaigns for five U.S. senators, and his design work has been recognized by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, among others as flagship content for the economic justice and social justice movements. He was also part of the team that created the “Notorious RBG” meme honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and was featured in the Oscar-nominated film “RBG”.
A native of New Haven, CT and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Frank lives in Washington, DC.