"Enough White Teacups" Northeast Premiere

4:00pm Thur May 3 Gateway Community College

Environmental & Human Rights Topics

Enough White Tea Cups

The documentary Enough White Teacups is about sustainability, the wicked problems that plague the world and how design and invention can be used as an antidote. Enough White Teacups highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® (INDEX) and the film explores their history as an international design competition and showcases the most innovative INDEX award winners and highlights their future goals. INDEX believes that designs/inventions can be used to develop sustainable solutions for global and local challenges.  Enough White Teacups asks the viewer to think of the word “design” as a verb and to think of the word “design” in a Scandinavian context… as a way to create an intended result such as this invention was designed to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean.

Enough White Teacups Trailer from Michelle Bauer Carpenter on Vimeo.

Director Biography - Michelle Bauer Carpenter
Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Associate Professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts 
& Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her 2016 film 
Klocked: Women with Horsepower recently won a National Academy of Arts & Sciences Heartland Chapter Emmy for Excellence in Journalistic Enterprise. 
Klocked: Women with Horsepower was also awarded three national awards including an Award of Excellence Feature Documentary, an Award of Recognition Women Filmmaker from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, Winner in the category of Best Sports Documentary at the Louisville International Festival of Film and Winner Best Action Sports Film at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. It has screened at numerous national and international film festivals including the Breckenridge Film Festival, Louisville International Festival of Film, The Motorcycle Film Festival in New York, NY, ACTION! International Film Festival in La Jolla, CA, The Madrid Motorcycle Film Festival in Madrid, Spain, Toronto Motorcycle Film festival among others. Klocked: Women with Horsepower began National PBS distribution in October 2016. It was featured for Women’s History Month on KCET, Los Angeles and KQED San Francisco, California.
Carpenter’s 2014 film, Driven to Ride has telecast 533 times on PBS, played on 222 channels in 93 markets, in 32 states, with a market penetration of 58% of United States households. 64% of Driven to Ride’s broadcasts have been in the top 25 US broadcast markets.

In 2012, her film about the catastrophic Fourmile fire titled Above the Ashes was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry.

Carpenter’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative video and experimental video documentary. The content of her work is driven by and created in response to primary experiences in her life. She draws from personal experiences to develop documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations that encourage discourse on difficult subject matters, including the Fourmile fire, domestic violence, women’s body issues, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Director Statement

“For a writer, it’s a word. For a composer or a musician it’s a note. For an editor or a filmmaker, it’s a frame.”
Quentin Tarantino

Digital art and especially video, provides valuable contributions to the discourse on political and social issues of our day, and transforms the way people confront those issues. Utilizing the medium of video and installation, I address personal memories, loss and the construction of romantic and social mythologies about women, aging and even everyday heroism. In my work I seek to relate the complexity of human emotions and response.  Often using personal narrative and gathered experiences, my work discusses the manifestation of violence, social constraints, personal loss and individual triumphs. Combining techniques of montage and collage, I combine original footage with found footage and dialog. Metaphor and implied meanings are the basis for my image selection and fuels the content of my work. My film and artwork asks the viewer to critically examine humanity and tour de force of life.



05.03.18 - 4:00 pm
1 hour