In between studying new editing techniques and working on postproduction, I've been posting video vignettes to my blog, and teaching video ethnography in my seminar courses for college undergraduates.
(2014). 6 mins. While on fieldwork in Amman, Jordan, I was inspired by the repeated use of Lesh? by Arabic learners as both a question and a one-word commentary on social situations. When a taxi would pass us by without stopping, they would question Why? indicating dissatisfaction, but also the awkwardness of the situation. The documentary includes footage of our journey with a charismatic taxi driver.
This video was an important first, because I involved participants in verifying the subtitled translations I created in postproduction. The video was screened in Amman and Middlebury, VT. All postproduction completed on iPad.
Making Arabic Their Own
(2016). 12 mins. Coming soon! This documentary presents a little understood aspect of study abroad, the use of the target language among students beyond the classroom. While the central storyline follows Laye and Erica as they take new pics for Instagram, interviews address race and gender as part of their experience living abroad in the Middle East.
Next Sound Project: I can recall a moment walking the dirt roads of my Sinza neighborhood in Tanzania, when I thought to pull out my audio recorder and capture the singsong Swahili voice of the woman who circulated on foot every morning to sell fresh green beans . "Maharage, maharage!" My next project will be to incorporate this audio into an experimental sound ethnography based on my fieldwork in urban East Africa.