What Is Power?
(In Progress—2023, 30 minutes, 4K digital video, color, sound)
Produced by the Fred Rogers Dewey Legacy Project. A film of the essay "What Is Power?" by Fred Dewey composed of 28 paragraphs read by 32 readers.
The late democracy activist, writer, organizer, teacher, book editor, publisher, and designer Fred Dewey (1957-2021) published essays and organized cultural events that urged readers to realize their own capacity for a different kind of politics, one in which people claim their own power. He organized many public "table readings" of Hannah Arendt's work all over the world—Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Asheville, and Oslo. He seemed to believe in the transformative power of people reading out loud to each other. The aim of this film is to record the effect that reading Fred’s essay aloud has on the reader.
Dennis Cooper Sandra Cruze Dorit Cypis Alexandra Epps Laura Flanders Simone Forti
Todd Gray Dakota Higgins Hedi El Kholti Peter Kalisch Chris Kraus Suzanne Lacy John Malpede Eileen Myles Russell Marling Meena Nanji Jeffrey Owens Renée Petropoulos Pilar Petropoulos-White Linda Pollack Rachel Grace Potts Pamela Ramos Manuel Ramos Ruiz Trinidad Ruiz Guy Santiago Catherine Scott Kyungmi Shin A.K. Toney Shirley Tse Jack Skelley Will Alexander