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Esther Podemski
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Recent exhibitions include 5 Days in July, a two screen projection that re-visits the Newark riots of 1967; one of the first racial rebellions to spread across the U. S. in the summer of 1967. The installation was first exhibited at Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark from October 2007 until February 2008. Holland Cotter reviewed the installation in the New York Times Arts section in December 2007. During the summer of 2008, 5 Days in July traveled to The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama. The piece was also included as a video in an exhibition entitled "1968: Then & Now" on display at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2008, as well as the 6th International Berlin Director's Lounge in Berlin, Germany in 2010. It will be included in the Video Arts Festival at Tribeca Cinemas in December 2011." 5 Days in July won the 3rd Directors prize in the Black Maria Film Festival and the Jury Award for the best short in the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival. Podemski and Schultz also produced a radio program also called, 5 Days in July. Their radio collaboration consists of a one-hour special, which was broadcast throughout the U.S. on NPR. The radio production merges drama and documentary to re-examine the historical events surrounding the 1967 Newark Riots. The 14- member ensemble cast includes Chad L. Coleman and Dion Graham of HBO's acclaimed series The Wire. The drama is followed by a 30-minute discussion with scholars .The radio program was funded, in part, by the New Jersey Council on the Humanities. 5 Days in July received Public Radio Exchange's 2007 Zeitfunk Award.