This year’s festival, on April 1-2, 2016, has the theme of “Race, Media and Social Justice.” camra welcomes innovative submissions exhibiting original work that either engages with how racial difference and its attendant intersectionalities are constructed within a particular national or local context, or work that engages with a careful analysis and critique of mainstream and new media coverage of race and racialized thinking as it materializes in everyday life.
Please visit the camra website to learn more about the theme and various categories of submission, and submit your materials before November 15.
We received great entries for our What Does Healthy Look Like? video contest. We welcome all to vote for their favorite video entry from our seven contenders; voting closes on May 28. Thank you for supporting our student video creators! Award winners selected by our judging committee (which includes faculty, students, alumni and staff) and our popular choice award will be announced in early June. Our entries are:
Public Health at Penn
Immune Checkpoint Blockade: Ipilimumab and the CTLA-4 Receptor
Should I take my organic chemistry exam or accept an invitation for coffee with a Nobel Prize winning scientist? Eric Shiuey C’16 and Evan Selzer C’16 hesitated. Fortunately, their professor Jeffery Saven set them straight. Exam rescheduled!
A few weeks earlier, Eric and Evan had created a video for the course CHEM 251, Principles of Biological Chemistry. They had pored over journal articles on prions, a new class of pathogens discovered by Dr. Prusiner. As part of the assignment, students share links to their videos with the scientists whose work is referenced. Eric and Evan wrote to six scientists and four responded with feedback. One email brought a surprise! An invitation to meet with Dr. Prusiner when he visited Penn this April as part of the Year of Health activities.
"We explore the affordances and challenges of multimodal representational strategies in research, and we interrogate their social implications. SSMF is a hybrid between a traditional academic conference and a film/media festival."
This guest post by Ellen Reynolds, Lecturer in Fine Arts at Penn Design and video creation guide for our Seltzer Award winners, describes an upcoming event on September 11 to showcase student creativity.
I’m delighted to present, on behalf of The Undergraduate Department of Fine Arts, a screening of student video work this Thursday. We offer a course sequence in Video Production that is challenging, rich, and exciting! You probably know (if you’re reading this blog!) that video production is very time consuming. In a 13 week semester, students always work until the last possible minute on their videos and as a result we frequently don’t even have an end of the semester screening – making it random and rare to see work produced in one of our classes. What a shame! I hope that students, staff and faculty who are interested in taking a video class with us, or in learning more about our course sequence, or who just love innovative short films, will come to our Screening and enjoy some cookies, beverages, and conversation about filmmaking at Penn!
Selected Student Work from Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Thursday, September 11th, 6:30pm – 8pm
Gregory House Screening Room, 40th and Spruce
Our own Christopher Vandegrift is participating in Philadelphia à la Pataphysique, a festival and academic conference being held this week at Penn. The festival is exploring the life, works, and influence of French modernist Alfred Jarry.
Christopher is performing as part of the festival’s Pataphysical Arts Night, an event being held tonight (3/20) at the Kelly Writers House. Here’s what Christopher had to say about the event:
I’m thrilled to be taking part in Pataphysical Arts Night! I’ll be screening two of my short films alongside a fantastic lineup: DJ Spooky, Andrew Hugill, Craig Dworkin, Judith Goldman, and Michelle Taransky! Hosted and emceed by Katie L Price!
The event begins tonight at 6pm and is free, but a full house is expected. RSVP details are at the event’s webpage. The event will also be live-streamed through the Kelly Writers House website (http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/) and later archived at PennSound.
We are really excited to let everyone know about Penn CAMRA’s first annual media festival, on Feb 24 from 12pm to 7pm at Annenberg School for Communication. CAMRA, a media pedagogy lab, is a new collective of professors, graduate, and undergraduate students on campus which focuses on the use of film and other media technologies – web platforms, social media, etc – towards university learning and research. We know that university learning is currently at a crossroads: we’re all still reading and writing in classrooms even though most students on campus, including all of us, are immersed in video and web technology when outside of the classroom. We are extremely interested in working with anyone who wants to learn the technical aspects of these diverse media, how to integrate them into classroom learning, or how to infuse such technologies into research. The media festival will bring together members of the Penn community and scholars from around the country to begin these discussions in earnest. We really look forward to seeing you all as we begin to create a strong community on campus!