Petter Ringbom is a New York-based director of documentary and narrative films. His debut feature documentary The Russian Winter, a film about American musician John Forté, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and screened at IDFA, Moscow Int’l Film Festival, and Gothenburg Int’l Film Festival. His short film “May Fly” premiered at Stockholm Int’l Film Festival and screened at festivals around the world. Petter’s video collaboration with the artist Karl Haendel, Questions for My Father, has been shown at Harris Lieberman Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, and Wexner Center for the Arts. Questions for My Father was selected for the Art Video program at Art Basel Miami in 2012. After studying at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, Petter partnered in the creative agency Flat, where he served as an art director for clients like MoMA, Red Cross and ESPN. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and New York University and served on the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Petter is a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow for 2013.
Film Synopsis: An artist paints a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma that provokes a lawsuit, death threats and a massive street protest. An Afrikaans musician devises a stage character based on an archetypal African dictator to more freely comment on his community and his country. For a group of designers in Soweto, their fashion creations and style are manifestations of freedom. A photographer dedicates her life to documenting the LGBT community and exposing hate crimes that go unnoticed by the government and mainstream media. While one Johannesburg based band is overtly political, another band makes a conscious decision to not deal with politics. Shield and Spear explores a constellation of stories about art, music, identity, race, and freedom of expression in South Africa, twenty years into democracy.
October 19, 2015: DP Culp University Center, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
October 20, 2015: Harrington-Peachtree Academic Center (First Floor Amphitheater), Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
October 21, 2015: Williams Gymnasium, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
October 22, 2015: Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
October 24, 2015: Colleen O. Williams Theater, Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA
October 26, 2015: University Center Theater, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC