|Class of 2014|
For Kayla Reopelle '14, the Documentary Studies and Production major is a perfect fit.
“This major really let me create a program a study that simultaneously developed professional skills for the media industry while pushing me to intellectually engage with the topics that I wanted to cover.” said Reopelle.
For her Nonfiction Production class assignment, Reopelle produced a film with three other students titled Chester. The film investigated the budget crisis of the Chester Upland School District in Chester, Pennsylvania. When funding problems almost forced the school district to close its doors, teachers pledged to work for free to keep the children in classes. This film was accepted into the Reality Bytes Film Festival as well as was featured in Ithaca college’s 2012 Best of Park ceremony.
Reopelle also uses her documentary and media skills outside of the classroom.
As the editor of SeeSaw, a multimedia section of Buzzsaw magazine, Reopelle has worked on several projects with her peers such as Thinking About Inking, a series of interviews "featuring tattoos, the people who get them, and the specific reasons why we get inked." Swords to Plowshares focused on Veteran’s Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to helping soldiers adjust to life after war. And Slutwalks documented a local protest against rape and victim-blaming.
Reopelle is now studying abroad in Amsterdam, Netherland, through SIT's International Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality program and includes a cross-cultural excursion to Morocco. She is taking four classes including Theory and Application of Feminist and LGBT Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Migration; and Research Methods and Ethics with an emphasis on Oral History.
“ I wanted to learn more about Islam in Europe and issues of Gender and this program allowed me to do an independent study project on these issues,” said Reopelle, “ I'm researching the immigration and integration experiences of Western and Non-Western women who came to the Netherlands between 2000 and 2010 by collecting Oral History interviews and plan to compile the information into an interactive documentary.”