University of Rochester

EVENT: Filmmaker to Screen Documentary on Mexican Border, Immigration

October 10, 2006

Filmmaker Bill Brown will give a talk and present his 2006 documentary, The Other Side, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Hubbell Auditorium in Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus. The event is part of a year-long series of talks by leading commentators on law and the war on terror and is free and open to the public.

Brown's film tracks 2000 miles of the United States and Mexican border where migrant activists have attempted to establish a network of water stations to aid Mexican migrants in their pilgrimage through the Southwest's deserts. Since U.S. immigration policies have sealed the traditional avenues of migration from Mexico, scores of migrants have resorted to crossing the remote deserts and many have died in transit. Brown presents the border as a natural landscape and also as a human one of cross-border migration.

A filmmaker from Lubbock, Texas, Brown has made several short experimental documentaries about the dusty corners of the North American landscape. His films include Roswell, Hub City, Buffalo Common, and Confederation Park.

Brown, along with filmmaker Tom Comerford, created the Lo Fi Landscapes tour, during which they traveled across the country in 2002 and 2005 presenting a program of short films concerned with history and place. In 2003, The Museum of Modern Art hosted a retrospective of Brown's work as part of its MediaScope series. Brown currently teaches at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich.

The "Law and the 'War on Terror'" is one of 10 projects funded by the Humanities Project, a year-long initiative at the University of Rochester emphasizing the influence and contributions of the humanities to academic and civic life. For more information, visit the website at or email