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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. 

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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

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