Tag: Filmmaking

Only Half the Story – Rethinking the Relationship Between Digital Ethnographers and Their Devices*

Franziska Weidle** “Digital cinema is pre-computational” – from Quelic Berga’s presentation at ECREA 2018; author of original image: DRs Kulturarvsprojekt; title: Steenbeck…

Its Only an Evil Cactus if Donkeys Chase You: Ethics and Psychedelics with Hamilton Morris – This Anthro Life

When TAL first interviewed Hamilton Morris, it was shortly after he and his production team had finished season 1 of Hamilton’s Pharmacopoeia. Now, Morris has completed two seasons…

“Living Art” and aesthetic learning – An interview with filmmaker Tina Krüger

Living Art is a sensory oriented film that uses audiovisual methodologies to study the aesthetics and embodiment of contemporary art. I became interested, as a researcher on the…

Collaborative music video making in the cityscape of Goma (RDC) #VisualANTH

This paper presents a collaborative approach to making music video clips as an ethnographic research tool. The case study is a one-month fieldwork trip in Goma, the Democratic…

How Can Making Movies Do Sheep Any Good? #VisualANTH

John Adair and Sol Worth, American anthropologists and filmmakers, found themselves in the sticky situation of answering the above question in 1966. They had just presented the leading…

Shadows and Illuminations: A Multi-Touch Film Guide

With a complete documentary film, ethnography, and multi-media interactive study guide contained in one package, the “Shadows and Illuminations: A Multi Touch Film Guide” is an immersive e…

An interview with Noemi Charlotte Thieves

I had a chance to interview Noemi Charlotte Thieves on January 10. We were at a going-away party in Brooklyn and fell into conversation. The conversation was SO INTERESTING…

The State of Visual Anthropology and Multi-Modal Ethnography: A Report from the Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2014 (Part 2 of 2)

(To read Part 1, click here). What Can Multi-modal Ethnography Do? So, to return to the questions of the conference: how can anthropologists tell our stories differently through…

The State of Visual Anthropology and Multi-Modal Ethnography: A Report from the Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2014 (Part 1 of 2)

Earlier this month I braved the lingering polar vortex to head out to the second annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, organized…

“Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory, and the Performance of Violence” Book Review

The documentary world has been talking about Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing for a while now, and the buzz has grown since the film’s recent Oscar nomination,…

Narco Cultura : Drug Culture, Musical Innovation, and Depictions of Violence Onscreen (Film Review)

As we are well into the New Year, I am still finding myself thinking about a film I watched just before the holidays: Narco Cultura, a documentary about…