Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Mercedes Chavez on Documentary Filmmaker Natalia Almada

Mercedes Chavez has written a new essay on Mexican-American documentary and fiction filmmaker Natalia Almada. Written for the Wexner Center for the Arts blog, "Read, Watch Listen," this essay is a companion piece for the Cinetracts '20 residency project. The project is modeled after the Cinetracts '68 project which documented and interpreted the May 1968 protests and their reverberations in Paris. Films of two minutes or less and made on location were requested from some of the most innovative filmmakers across the globe. Entries form intimate portraits of time and place in our current moment.

Almada's work may be of special interest to those in the environmental humanities given her use of water as metaphor, attention to specificity of place, and interrogation of the southern U.S. border.

Mercedes's essay may be read here: Cinetracts essay: Mercedes Chavez on Natalia Almada

Cinetracts '20 shorts, including Almada's, may be seen here: Cinetracts '20

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Two Fellowships for VitA Members

 Two members of our working group have been awarded 3-semester team fellowships by the Ohio State University's Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme (GAHDT). The GAHDT recognizes outstanding and cutting-edge interdisciplinary work covering a cluster of emergent themes including Im/Mobility, Livability, Community, and the amplification of methods and practices with social impact that integrate the arts and humanities.

Jordan Lovejoy has been newly selected to join the 2020-2021 cohort of team fellows with her dissertation focused on environmental trauma narratives in West Virginia. Congratulations!

Mercedes Chavez served in the inaugural 2019-2020 cohort, focusing on her dissertation project Origin Stories: Cinema in the Anthropocene which bring together cinema studies and environmental humanities frameworks. Working with a diverse team of arts and humanities graduate peers, Mercedes developed a podcast exploring the fellows' interdisciplinary work (forthcoming).