FOR MEMBERS IN THE WASHINGTON DC AREA...
Participatory video engages and empowers groups of people to work together to tell their own stories, experiences, and viewpoints through video. Facilitated by more experienced filmmakers, participatory video can help provide a voice for marginalized communities with potential for advocacy, therapeutic benefits, and community-building. The process of filmmaking is often as important as the resulting films.
Docs In Progress is excited to welcome local facilitating filmmakers and participants to talk about the process and impact of making a participatory video and share their resulting works. It is a way to find out more about this unique genre of documentary filmmaking both from a logistical perspective and to examine larger issues of the relationship between filmmakers, “subjects,” and audiences.The participants will include filmmakers Joy Haynes and Ellie Walton, accompanied by Maureen Jais-Mick, the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital; and filmmakers Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer, accompanied by James Magruder, a Green Corps trainee.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
6:30 pm Networking and Refreshments
7:00 – 8:30 pm Program and Q&A
Docs In Progress
8700 First Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Walking distance to the Silver Spring Metro and convenient to garage parking.
$10 if register and pay online no later than 5 pm on September 21.
($20 if paying at the door. Cash only)
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Ellie Walton and Joy Haynes from Video Diary Productions, LLC have produced a range of radio and video documentaries, from an ex-guerrilla radio station in Guatemala to prisons in London, from Scotland to Washington, DC. Feature length documentaries include, Chocolate City, which explores the gentrification of Washington, DC, and Igual Que Tú, which takes you through a week in the life of an immigrant day laborer. Their most recent project, Voices From Within, is an intimate look into the lives of five residents of Saint Elizabeths psychiatric hospital, Washington DC’s public psychiatric hospital. Like many of their other works, Voices From Within represents a collaborative approach to filmmaking where the subject is not just examined, but is the examiner. By providing equipment, training, and support to communities who are often generalized and stereotyped, Video Diaries LLC offers an unexpected glimpse into the lives of immigrant day laborers, senior citizens, incarcerated teens, and long-term residents of mental hospitals, among others. The belief is that filmmaking as an interactive and transformational experience that reveals and inspires deeper understanding and dialogue around our common community. They will be joined by Maureen Jais-Mick, the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital who was instrumental in making the Voices From Within project possible. Jais-Mick was previously a volunteer with Lens & Pens, Brushes & Friends at Saint Elizabeth’s while working as director of Development and Community Outreach at Green Door, a program that supports adults with mental illness who live in the community. Before joining the staff of Green Door, she was director of Development at N Street Village, a community for homeless women and low-income families.
Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer from Meridian Hill Pictures are award-winning filmmakers and educators dedicated to producing and sharing innovative documentaries from diverse community perspectives. Based in Washington DC, their focus is on crafting films that advance dialogue and impact broad audiences. They have worked with a diversity of local and national organizations and programs, including the Kennedy Center’s On Location program, Seeds of Peace, Human Rights Campaign, and the Center for Inspired Teaching. Their latest participatory video project is with Washington Parks & People’s DC Green Corps. Funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, Green Corps is an innovative green job training program empowering low-income Washington DC residents with the knowledge and tools to enhance community parks and other public spaces throughout the city. Through a collaborative media education project with Meridian Hill Pictures this past spring, 34 Green Corps trainees employed video storytelling to express in their own voice how urban forestry and greening are helping to meet critical needs in DC’s underserved communities. The Kramers will be joined by James Magruder, one of the Green Corps trainees and narrator of one of the Green Corps videos.
Edited Mon 19 Sep 2011
by Erica Ginsberg