PhD Lab | Mari Jørstad on the Hebrew Bible
This is a video I directed, shot, and edited for the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at Duke University. It highlights the research and instruction of Duke PhD candidate Mari Jørstad, who is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament. She uses Accordance Bible Software to augment her research and as a pedagogical tool in her classroom.
PhD Lab | Kathryn Desplanque on Satirical Art & the Digital Humanities
This is another PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge video that I directed, shot, & edited to help get the word out about the great collaborations taking place in the lab. Scholars of different disciplines come together to critique one another’s projects while sharing the digital tools they use in their research. Kathryn Desplanque defended her dissertation on satirical images from the French Revolution that depicted the Paris art world. Here, she explains her motivations for her project. She uses QSR International’s NVivo qualitative data analysis software to help organize her almost 500 image library.
¿Qué Será del Caribe?
This was a film I directed while completing a summer documentary outreach program facilitated by Actuality Media. This short documentary focuses around ATEC, an organization in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, that works to connect tourists with locals working in the industry. These locals are very concerned about the imminent destruction of their homes and lives, and the future of their children, due to laws that seem aimed to remove them not just from the Caribbean, not just from the coastline, but from the land entirely.
Viva La ( )
Ani Stark is a phenomenal NC-based indie electronic artist, prolific and talented as any artist can become. This video, which I directed, is for her provocative single, Viva La ( ). It is a visual manifestation of the war inside we face as we decide to either belong or walk our own paths in life & society.
A short documentary that explores the lives of four bi-racial parents as they tackle the question of teaching their children about race in America while looking back into their own childhoods for answers. Each of the parents presents their unique view on growing up from a mixed heritage which presents a contrast of opinions, although they all have a similar story to share. This was done as the result of my Documentary II class at Saint Augustine’s University.
A young African-American girl compares herself with a model in a magazine and questions if she will ever be as beautiful. ‘Pickaninny’ was inspired by Norman Rockwell’s Girl at Mirror which was the cover for the March 6, 1954 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. In the original painting, a young girl sits at a mirror with an open magazine on her lap turned to the page of a glamorous model. It’s the theme of measuring up to societal standards of beauty.
The Journal at Lake Johnson
Community journals provide safe places to speak, listen and to be heard. This documentary, which I directed in New Media class at Saint Augustine’s University, focuses on the entries of the random park-goers over at Lake Johnson in Raleigh, NC. The journal sits on a memorial bench erected in the memory of John Gentile by his family. Annelies, one of John’s daughters and producer of the film, walks us through some of the touching entries shared in this public space.