Afterimage Interview with Lance Weiler


Last spring I was fortunate to have my USC graduate seminar, Digital Pedagogies, receive an invitation to a virtual showing of Lance Weiler’s documentary project, Where There’s Smoke, It was amazing experience that brought together Zoom, a Miro whiteboard, film, photography, and live performance. Weiler’s project began as an installation and premiered at Tribeca in April 2019 but with covid shutdown, he reimagined for an online context. Last summer, I interviewed Lance about the work, its past, present, and future permutations and his thoughts on what he has called “generative documentary.” You can read the interview in the latest Afterimage, March 2022, which you can find here:

Below is a photograph from Lance Weiler’s show, Where There’s Smoke

Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth


I have been working on a documentary project on the South Carolina lowcountry for the last few years, which looks at issues of corrective histories and restorative justice. I was honored to be asked to contribute to a collection of essays and poems on history, truth, and healing in the Charleston area to be published in the book, Ukweli Searching for A Healing Truth, edited by Horace Mungin and Herb Frazier. The collection draws from a diverse collection of artists, activists, historians, community leaders in exploration of the topic. It is an important conversation that has insights throughout our country. For more on the book, please see this excellent essay from the editor, Herb Frazier,

You can purchase the book here:

UFVA Conference presentation

The UFVA 2020 conference went all online this year, and the event featured a diverse array of speakers and events. I was honored to be asked to present a forum on online teaching of group/collaborative work. The audience was lively with a great conversation going in the chat and lots of questions. My slideshow from the session is posted below.

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:

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.

Callahan_Conducttr conference 2015, Links Only

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.