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Filmmaker Sarah Colt ’88 On History and Storytelling

Filmmaker Sarah Colt ’88 On History and Storytelling

“We think history is understanding the facts, but facts aren’t always clear. Historical narratives are shaped by the individuals doing the telling.”

Independent documentary filmmaker and alumna Sarah Colt ’88 spoke with Class I and II students as this year’s Henry R. Heyburn ’39 Lecturer. Ms. Colt shared her process of developing documentaries of historical subjects, specifically the work involved in creating her film “Geronimo,” one part of the PBS American Experience series on Native American history.

After a warning by her filmmaking mentor to steer clear of the project because “native history is too complicated,” Ms. Colt teamed up with co-director Dustinn Craig, a White Mountain Apache filmmaker based in Arizona. Ms. Colt learned quickly that not all Apaches view Geronimo as the venerated hero he’s often portrayed to be, and that Apache culture—which values the collective group—rejects the idea of exalting one individual above others. Together, the pair set about finding a way to tell the story of an historical legend that respected Apache culture, incorporating Apache stories and perspective.

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Bassist Victor Wooten Performs at Milton

Bassist Victor Wooten Performs at Milton

Five-time Grammy-winning bassist, Victor Wooten, returns to Milton’s campus on Monday, December 5, from 7:30–9 p.m. to perform a fundraising concert in King Theatre to benefit the jazz program’s 2017 South Africa Tour.

Mr. Wooten first performed at the School in 2014 with his group, Bass Extremes. Music faculty member Bob Sinicrope is excited to welcome him back for this rare solo concert. “Victor Wooten has a new MIDI bass that allows him to produce sounds of different instruments,” says Bob. “This should add a special dimension to this performance.”

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Milton’s 1212 Play, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, opened in Wigg Hall on Thursday. Free tickets are still available for this weekend’s performances. View more photos of the show.

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