MacDowell Downtown 2016 Participants

Starlee Kine is a sleuth who narrates and solves mysteries, and in the process turns seemingly mundane investigations into fascinating and enlightening explorations of the lives she comes across along the way. Kine was at MacDowell for her second residency to work on the second season of her popular podcast, “Mystery Show.” In fact, she brought an unsolved case to The Monadnock Center for History and Culture for the season opener in March.

Award-winning filmmaker Jeanne Liotta makes work at the lively intersection of art and science. The path to that intersection, she says, led her to work with atmospheric scientists and climatologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for her most recent project, which she screened and discussed at MacDowell Downtown in April.

Dave Malloy appeared in May at MacDowell Downtown to take the audience at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture on a musical journey through Moby Dick and he offered a preview of his musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry plays. He even played two songs from that work in progress before taking questions.

MacDowell Fellow Paul Festa, at MacDowell for his second residency, played three Bach solo violin concerts at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, the Mariposa Museum, and at All Saints Episcopal Church on dates in June and July. He performed the suite of six unique compositions, recorded them, and will use them as the basis for six short films.

Performance artists Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt are storytellers who weave together haunting and atmospheric traditional ballads with visual art and historic research. Devotees of Appalachian music, the duo, who perform as Anna & Elizabeth, brought their unique stage presentation to The Monadnock Center for History and Culture in June.

Writer ZZ Packer fleshed out the cultural import of the works of this year’s MacDowell Medalist, Toni Morrison. Packer, who was in Peterborough for her third Fellowship, presented an overview of Morrison’s work, placing it within the American literary canon and magnifying the significance of her appearance on the Medal Day stage on August 14 where she accepted the 57th Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts.

Lawrence “Ren” Weschler told stories about his current book subject—author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks—that provided glimpses into the man behind such books as Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Musicophilia. At MacDowell for his first residency, Weschler offered insights into the beloved late writer and neurologist in September.

A veteran of nine MacDowell fellowships, composer Eric Moe’s inspired music filled the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on a Fridayin October. Moe shared insights into his composition process, performed some piano pieces, and screened a short video highlighting his work and illustrating the creative possibilities of a MacDowell Colony residency.

Documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown closed out the season of MacDowell Downtown events to a packed house, showing short films that were both political and timely as the nation approached one of the most hotly and divisively contested election days in recent history. She screened ‘Never Trump.’ But Then What? an incisive and thought-provoking film shot at the annual RedState Gathering in Denver in 2016 andThe Black Belt, a study of regressive voting laws enacted by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley in 2015.