SCMS conference 2018, The Collaborative Video Essay

This year at the SCMS conference, I will be participating in the workshop on Saturday, March 17,  “In the Mix: The Collaborative Video Essay in Theory and Praxis,” with Christina Lane, Daniel Clarkson Fisher, Liz Cambron, Nina Bradley, and Nicole Richter.  Our workshop will share our remixes over the last couple of months of a shared pool of clips dealing with the issue of “Post-Truth.”   We are doing a couple of rounds, remixing from the collaborative pool of clips and then remixing our team’s remixed videos.  Here’s a sample of some from our first round:

Liz Cambron’s “Look, He Denies it” 

Look He Denies It from Liz Cambron on Vimeo.

Christina Lane’s “Post-Truth”

Post-truth 3_02_Lane from Christina Lane on Vimeo.

Daniel Clarkson Fisher’s “The Twilight Zone”

The Outer Limits (SCMS Round 1) from Daniel Clarkson Fisher on Vimeo.

and my remix, “Willkommnen”

Willkommen from DJ Zoe Trop on Vimeo.

For more remixes and info about the workshop, see here:


Special issue of THE CINE-FILES #11, The Video Essay: Cinematic Writing

Virginia Kuhn and I have co-edited a special issue of the journal, The Ciné-Files,  “The Video Essay: Cinematic Writing” (#11).  The issue began as part of an ongoing conversation on digital scholarship with faculty and students at UCC during my Fulbright stay in Cork, Ireland and then grew into an international collaboration of scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.  Many thanks to all the collaborators and to Tracy Cox-Stanton for this opportunity to share this dialogue and experimentation in cinematic writing. 

Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies


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I am delighted to announce the publication of a collection on contemporary feminist media edited with my USC colleague, Virginia Kuhn. The collection, Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies, looks at work from music videos, video games, contemporary cinema, television, and online web series with attention to issues of race, gender, and identity.  Parlor Press has been a delight to work with, and they have been incredibly supportive of work that takes in a diverse range of issues, methods, and venues.


Conducttr Conference, London, October 2015


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It’s great being based on the other side of the pond this autumn with the Fulbright award as I am able to attend the excellent conference organized by Robert Pratten and his great crew at Conducttr.  The year’s conference had a focus on Transmedia for Change: Connected Learning and Persistent Engagement.  I co-presented with my USC colleague, Michael Bodie, on Teaching for Transformative Change, and we used two case studies from courses that we teach in the Media Arts + Practice program.  I will share Bodie’s part of the presentation (or link) once he has had the opportunity to post.

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Fulbright Scholar in Ireland, part 1: Workshop on Digital Media Research and Pedagogy


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I am spending the autumn semester as a Fulbright Scholar in University College Cork in Cork, Ireland.  It has been a hectic first month with a presentation for the Performance, Politics, and Protest conference held on September 5, 2015 (presentation slides forthcoming!) and two day-long workshops on September 18 and October 2 on Digital Media Research and Pedagogy (with “hands on” segment on the audio-visual essay).  I will have more to say as I catch my breath — UCC and Cork has been a welcoming and stimulating environment — but I wanted to post the slideshows from today’s workshop on: Digital Media: Principles, Tools, Strategies and Video Editing.  Two of the three slideshows begin with a zen garden to put us in relaxed mode for the conversation and practice to follow.

Participatory Pedagogy, SCMS 2015

Finally, I am getting a chance to post from the workshop at SCMS this year, Participatory Pedagogy.  It was a partnership between the Women’s Caucus (I Co-Chair with Christina Lane, Alyx Vesey is our Grad Rep), the Media Literacy SIG, the Queer Caucus, and the Women and Silent Screen SIG.  This effort in collaborative pedagogy was designed as a hybrid panel/workshop/networking session that invited participants to crowdsource strategies, tools, and resources for film and media courses that integrate media, technology, praxis, and/or activism.   For more on the workshop, please see the website our group put together, including video provocations for the event and names and bios of participants, here.


Learn Do Share, Los Angeles, October 2014

October has been a bit crazy.    I am just back from UK (see blog post below) but on October 12, I was part of an event from the always inspiring and newly reborn DIY DAYS, now LEARN DO SHARE, organized by Lance Weiler and The Hub, Civic Innovation Lab.   Below is a photo taken during the presentation by BUKE, the Youth Design team working on designing a bike future for LA.


I presented with my colleague at USC, Michael Bodie, who has been developing the concept of an immersive social change space, which he has called: the 360° docu-narrative.  


Since Bodie and I both work in reconfigurations and experimentations in the area of  non-fictional narratives, we thought it might be interesting to do a workshop on this topic.  We had some great participants in the session, who brought a lot of energy to the event and some great ideas for how they would design their own 360º docu-narrative around the issue of South Los Angeles Gentrification.  The groups only had 20 minutes but came up with some great ideas on how to foster dialogue and connection across diverse community interests.   At the very end of this post you will find our slideshare presentation for the event.

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Conducttr Conference, London, October 2014

I am just back from the fabulous Conducttr Conference in London, organized by Robert Pratten.   It was a great event that brought representatives from the creative and academic communities together to discuss transmedia storytelling.  We heard about some amazing projects such as  Jonny Virgo’s City of ConspiracyJill Golick’s Ruby Skye PI, and Alison Norrington’s work on the transmedia world, The Chatsfield, which was tied to a series of Harlequin Mills and Boon’s novels.

Sarah Atkinson (University of Brighton) and myself presented on our ongoing transmedia database project that hopes to establish a shared taxonomy as well as research and archival site for projects across the diverse world of transmedia storytelling.   We had a lively conversation with artists, archivists, and academics at the conference that brought some wonderful new ideas and great connections.

Big thanks to Robert Pratten for a super event that brought people together and initiated a productive conversation on cross-platform storytelling.

Here’s Sarah and my presentation on our TMDB project. Big thanks to Robert Foster and Jeff Aldrich, who have been working on the tech and design site of the site with us for some time. Our site is very much a work in progress, but you can follow our adventure here: