Cosponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 4-5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

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Karen Van Meenen, Editor, Afterimage
Reece Auguiste, Associate Professor, University of Colorado
Helen De Michiel, media artist and writer, San Francisco Bay Area
Brenda Longfellow, Professor, York University, Canada
Dorit Naaman, Professor, Queen’s University, Canada
Patricia R. Zimmermann, Professor, Ithaca College

Moderated by Raza Ahmad Rumi, Director, Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca College

In partnership with the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, join us for the launch of the special Afterimage dossier, “Co-creation in Documentary: Toward Multiscalar Granular Interventions Beyond Extraction.”  All five dossier writers, leading figures in documentary practice and theory, will present in a salon that focuses on co-creation practices, documentary, the pandemic, and protest. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to offer considered commentary and robust dialogue.

Access the full dossier here, free access through the end of 2020.

See the Facebook event here.

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Reece Auguiste

Reece Auguiste is a documentary filmmaker and scholar whose research focuses on the African Diaspora, transnational screen cultures, and archival studies. He was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Black Audio Film Collective (UK) and worked on many of the Collective’s productions. He directed  the award-winning films Twilight City (1989) and Mysteries of July (1989). His current films are Duty of the Hour (2015) and Stillness Spirit (2019). His essays have appeared in Afterimage, Journal of Media Practice, CineAction, Questions of Third Cinema and many others. He is the recipient of several awards including the Josef Von Sternberg Award.

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Helen De Michiel

Helen De Michiel is a San Francisco Bay area filmmaker, writer, and professor. Her award-winning documentary, narrative films, installations, and new media projects are in the Museum of Modern Art and Walker Art Center collections. She served as Co-Director of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and Board Member for the George F. Peabody Awards for Electronic Media. With Patricia Zimmermann, she co-authored Open Space New Media Documentary: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice (2015). She teaches at California College of the Arts (San Francisco). Her documentary Between the Sun and the Sidewalk chronicles California Central Valley youth fighting for democracy.

Brenda Longfellow

Brenda Longfellow

Brenda Longfellow is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Her documentaries have been screened and broadcast internationally, winning Best Cultural Documentary for Tina in Mexico at the Havana International Film Festival (2002); a Canadian Genie for Shadowmaker/ Gwendolyn MacEwen, Poet (1998) and the Grand Prix at Oberhausen for Our Marilyn (1988). She has published on documentary, feminist film theory, and Canadian cinema, and is a co-editor with Scott MacKenzie and Tom Waugh of The Perils of Pedagogy: The Works of John Greyson (2013) and Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women Filmmakers (1992). Her interactive documentary OFFSHORE, is available at:

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Dorit Naaman

Dorit Naaman is a film theorist and documentary maker from Jerusalem, teaching at Queen’s University, Canada.  Her research focuses on Israeli and to a lesser extent Palestinian cinemas, primarily from post-colonialist and feminist perspectives.  In 2016 Naaman released her award-winning interactive participatory documentary project Jerusalem, We Are Here. The project virtually brings back Palestinians into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled by the 1948 war.  Naaman’s documentary work focuses on  identity politics, and politics of representation. She developed a format of short videos called DiaDocuMEntaRY.  Her videos have been screening in international film festivals and curated screenings.

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Patricia R. Zimmermann

Patricia R. Zimmermann is Professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College and Codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). Her most recent books include Thinking Through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (with Dale Hudson, 2015); Open Spaces: Openings, Closings, and Thresholds of Independent Public Media (2016); The Flaherty: Decades in the Cause of Independent Film (with Scott MacDonald, 2017); Open Space New Media Documentary: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice (with Helen De Michiel, 2018); Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics (2019); and Flash Flaherty: Tales from a Film Seminar (with Scott MacDonald, 2021).