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Subject: Re: [Vaneasa] Citizen Documentary Query

[list_name ]
Dear list (apologies for DOUBLE-posting!),

I realize that my message got strangely truncated - probably due to my own copy/paste mistake! - but the additional bit at the beginning provides a better sense of what I mean.

I’m working on a piece about citizen-produced documentary filmmaking and looking for suggestions of examples. In other words, I’m interested in cases and literature about people who independently and/or collectively make documentary films that are self-initiated and without the benefit of institutions or supervision by third parties. My use of the word citizen is based on the work of Mona Baker and Bolette Blaagaard, Luis Pérez-González, among others who conceive of “unaffiliated citizens” operating outside “the context of corporate structure, a political party, a media organization, an NGO, or similar institution.” Their notion of citizen media (http://citizenmediaseries.org/) implies a civic minded effort to influence one’s social situation, effect social/political/cultural change, or express personal ambitions and challenges.

Obviously, one of the challenges of such a definition is the question of how strictly to apply “independent” or “unaffiliated” to such initiatives. I’m not intending to advance a purist notion of independent documentary filmmaking, so any complications on this front are also welcome, but I am interested in knowing about documentary projects that emerge in some sense organically from individuals and communities in society rather than being initiated by media professionals and organizations.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

Kind regards,
Mark


> On Feb 13, 2017, at 9:55 PM, Mark Westmoreland <mrw0116@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Dear list (apologies for cross-postings),
>
> I’m working on a piece about citizen-produced documentary Bolette Blaagaard, Luis Pérez-González, among others who conceive of “unaffiliated citizens” operating outside “the context of corporate structure, a political party, a media organization, an NGO, or similar institution.” Their notion of citizen media (http://citizenmediaseries.org/) implies a civic minded effort to influence one’s social situation, effect social/political/cultural change, or express personal ambitions and challenges.
>
> Obviously, one of the challenges of such a definition is the question of how strictly to apply “independent” or “unaffiliated” to such initiatives. I’m not intending to advance a purist notion of independent documentary filmmaking, so any complications on this front are also welcome, but I am interested in knowing about documentary projects that emerge in some sense organically from individuals and communities in society rather than being initiated by media professionals and organizations.
>
> Looking forward to your suggestions.
>
> Kind regards,
> Mark
>
>
> Mark R. Westmoreland, PhD
> m.r.westmoreland@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
>
> Associate Professor of Visual Anthropology
> Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
> Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
> Leiden University
> P.O. Box 9555
> 2300 RB Leiden
> The Netherlands
>
>
>
>
>

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