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Co-Creation in Documentary and Journalism: Small Media Entanglements

Facilitated interactive discussion led by Helen De Michel and Liz Miller, opening discussion about streaming, small media, and the Russian war in Ukraine

Helen

Bay Area-based director, writer and producer Helen De Michiel's creative media making work moves across independent film and digital platforms.

Beginning in the 1980s, she produced the pioneering series The Independents and Alive TV for public television, created several innovative community media projects with youth, and began writing regularly about issues in the public media and arts field. Her films are included in museum collections across the country.

She is deeply involved in co-creative and participatory media practices, including combinatory storytelling which she calls open space new media.

De Michiel co-authored Open Space New Media Documentary: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice (Routledge 2018) with film historian Patricia Zimmermann. She writes regularly about her creative experiences, knowledge, and insight into these processes and possibilities. Her episodic documentary, Lunch Love Community (2010-15), circulated as an open space project across live and online communities. With Berkeley Vs. Big Soda (2016), these projects continue to make a real impact for global food justice.

She currently teaches in the Film Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  Her new documentary project, Between the Sun and the Sidewalk, is slated for a 2021 release.

Liz Miller

Elizabeth (Liz) Miller is a documentary maker and professor who uses collaboration and interactivity as a way to connect personal stories to larger timely social issues. 

Her documentary projects on timely issues such as water privatization (The Water Front), refugee rights (Mapping Memories), gender rights (En la Casa), gender & environmental justice (Hands On), climate and resilience (The Shone Line) have won international awards, been integrated into educational curricula, and influenced decision makers. Her project SwampScapes is a multi-platform 360 documentary about the Everglades.

Liz is Professor of Communications Studies at Concordia University in Montreal and has partnered with international organizations including Witness (USA) and UNESCO.

Her article "Choreographies of Collaboration: Social Engagement in Interactive Documentaries" (2016) was published in Studies in Documentary Film. Her co-authored book Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice (2017) is accompanied by a website profiling the work of twenty-nine socially engaged practitioners exploring the political, aesthetic, and performative dimensions of their work. 

Cosponsors

PARK CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA

THE MDOCS COCREATION INITIATIVE AT SKIDMORE COLLEGE

FLEFF: A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT