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Courses

Fall

Coms 385Video 2

Coms 301Latin American Film

Winter

Coms 435The Politics of Food and Film


Links

Refugee Youth
A new media project with refugee youth involving digital cartography!
This project is connected to a larger initiative called LIFE STORIES
http://www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca/en/experiences-of-refugee-youth

Red Lizard Media
My web site of ongoing projects.

The Water Front film
An award winning documentary profiling an American city struggling to defend their right to water.

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Elizabeth L. Miller

Professor

MFA, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BA, Social Thought & Political Economy, University of Massachusetts

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

media advocacy, community media, gender and communication, electronic art, documentary, video art, youth media, Latin American film, food politics, water privatization, migration, refugees rights, web documentaries.

WHAT’S NEW FALL 2013?

Planning the conference “Confronting adversity: Women in Media during conflict and crisis” with the International Association for Television and Radio (IAWRT – http://www.iawrt.org) for October.

Just finished “En La Casa” a film in collaboration with the Nicaraguan non-profit group – Puntos de Encuentro (www.puntos.org.ni ) – http://redlizardmedia.com/en-la-casa-la-cama-la-calle/

Releasing “All I Remember” (Tous dont je me souviens) a documentary that follows Leontine, a young survivor of the Rwandan genocide, as she takes her story public for the first time.http://redlizardmedia.com/all-i-remember/

Coordinating a documentary on women and climate change and working with directors from Kenya, India, Norway and Canada!

Collaborating with Ted Little (Theatre) and Steve High (History) and a range of organizers and artists on – Going Public: Oral History, New Media, the Performing Arts -http://www.goingpublicproject.org/. This three-year initiative builds on our experience with Montreal Life Stories ( www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca ) and we are exploring innovative interdisciplinary methods to instigate dialogue around sensitive issues.

HEADS UP:

Check out our book/DVD/website, Mapping Memories, http://www.mappingmemories.ca/book and see the video about our tour of 30 schools and universities Contact me for more information or visit — www.mappingmemories.ca

BACKGROUND:

As an independent documentary videomaker, trans-media artist, and professor who lived in Central and South America for over six years, I am committed to producing work that connects individuals across cultures. Fifteen years of community media experience and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies, fuel my exploration of new media as art and as an educational tool. I am interested in new approaches to community collaborations and the documentary format and my work connects personal stories to larger social concerns. Most recently I have been exploring a range of non-linear documentaries.
redlizardmedia.com

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS:

IAWRT: I evaluate and work with womens’ organizations internationally and have been studying innovative communication projects developed by women. I currently serve on the board of the International Association of Women in Television and Radio — www.iawrt.org

WITNESS: Human Rights Advocacy. For two years we hosted the WITNESS Video Advocacy Institute at Concordia to train human rights activists in new media advocacy – www.witness.org

PROJECTS:

Mapping Memories, http://www.mappingmemories.ca/:

Mapping Memories is a participatory media project involving DIY cartography and refugee youth in coordination with the various partners including the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Cote de Neige Youth Center, the YWCA. http://www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca/en/experiences-of-refugee-youth
which uses personal stories and a range of media tools (DIY cartography, video, sound walks, mapping, photography) to better understand the experiences of youth with refugee experience in Montreal. Our objective has been to produce creative work that will have an impact on policy, education, art and on the lives of the youth involved. We have produced a book in english and french, both of which are available for download as well as over twenty films and documentaries.

The Water Front, 2007 — www.waterfrontmovie.com

A documentary film project that brings the controversial issue of water privatization to the larger public. The film has been screened around the world, won seven awards and been broadcast in Spain and the United States. The project involves a viewing and curriculum guide, a screening guide, an interactive website (powered by Drupal), an on-line streaming media channel with 8 short videos, a 20-minute educational version, a feature length documentary for festivals and broadcast, and a DVD with educational materials. In coordination with a national environmental organization, Food and Water Watch, the film toured around the Great Lakes from September 2008 to March 2009, and visited 30 cities. To build participation amongst youth, we launched an on-line audio remix competition of the theme song of the film, which was written by legendary blues singer, Joe L. Carter. www.waterfrontmovie.com

Novela, Novela, 2002, http://www.redlizardmedia.com/novela/index.html

A 30-minute documentary about a group of Nicaraguan feminists who have fused human rights with popular culture to create Nicaragua’s most popular tele-novela (soap opera). Novela,Novela examines how this ground-breaking series made it to broadcast, and how the creators, writers, actors and viewers grappled with controversial themes like domestic violence and homophobia. The project has won five awards including: Women’s Rights Award, Media That Matters Festival, 2004
Honorary Mention, International Association of Women in Radio and TV, 2004
*Latin American Studies Association Award of Merit in Film, 2004
Freedom Award, Outfest
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 2003

Memories Under Construction, 2000

A nation wide project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation — Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium. I produced nine short video portraits, Parkville Portraits that were screened before feature films in the Real Art Ways Cinema. Portraits were also projected on buildings throughout the community and featured on a website. The project was featured on NPR. Moles, 1999 A personal web narrative using body moles as a navigational device. This early web documentary won three awards:
First Place, THAW 00, Fifth Annual Festival of Video, Film, and Digital Media of the Institute for Cinema and Culture, 2000
Co-winner of Art and Science, Collaboration, Inc. Digital 99 Competition.
2nd Place, McKinney Writing contest

Just Here, 1999

Four youth, ages 14-17 from the Taylor Housing Projects were hired to produce a personal story about living in a housing project. Their stories were cut into a 23-minute documentary. The project was broadcast on Free Speech TV and won the Golden Apple Award, (National Educational Media Network, 1999)


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