Cocreation Documentary During Pandemic and Protest Convening

Facilitated interactive discussion led by Helen De Michiel and Liz Miller


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Helen De Michiel, Independent Media Maker


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. She 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; and, along with Berkeley Vs. Big Soda (2016), continues 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.  Hernew documentary project, Between the Sun and the Sidewalk, is slated for a 2021 release.

Liz Miller, Concordia University

Liz Miller

Liz Miller is a documentary maker and professor interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns.  Years of experience in community media and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies fuel her ongoing explorations of new media as art, advocacy, and a powerful educational tool.

She teaches courses in moving images, food and film, research-creation and more. Having lived in Central and South America for over six years, she continues to collaborate with groups in the region. She has organized and led media institutes and workshops with a range of groups such as youth, senior citizens, human rights advocates, refugee organizations, teachers, water experts in video advocacy, digital storytelling and media production.

She is the co-author of Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice. Her films/educational campaigns on timely issues such as water privatization, immigration, refugee rights and the environment have won international awards, been integrated into educational curricula and influenced decision makers.


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