Elizabeth L. Miller
MFA, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BA, Social Thought & Political Economy, University of Massachusetts
video 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.
As an independent documentary maker, 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. Over 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. My new project, The Shore Line, is in interactive documentary looking at the tensions between unchecked development and climate change on coastal towns and cities around the world.
WHAT’S NEW FALL 2014?
The Shore Line, http://theshorelineprojec.wix.com/the-shoreline-
I have just started production on an interactive documentary exploring the tensions of rising sea levels and unchecked development in coastal towns and cities around the world. Check out our temporary site.
Going Public: Oral History, New Media, the Performing Arts, http://www.goingpublicproject.org/.
In summer 2014, we launched Going Public, an online series of conversations with community based practitioners around the world on their methods and ethical frameworks of using media, theatre and oral history to Go Public.
En la casa, la cama y la calle, (At home, in bed and in the streets) http://casacamacalle.tv/en/
The film premiered in 2014 and has been screening around the world. We recently launched our companion website. The project profiles the Nicaraguan non-profit group – Puntos de Encuentro (www.puntos.org.ni ).
Hands-on: women, climate, change, http://www.redlizardmedia.com/climateandgender/
This collaborative documentary on women and climate change premiered in 2014 and profiles five women from four continents tacking climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. The film was directed in collaboration with directors from Kenya, India, Norway and Canada, all IAWRT members.
International Association for Television and Radio (IAWRT – http://www.iawrt.org)
November conference in Nicaragua.
Visible Evidence, http://www.visibleevidence21.org/
December conference in India.
IAWRT: I evaluate and work with womens’ organizations internationally and have been studying innovative communication projects developed by women. I am an active member 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
All I Remember, 2013, http://redlizardmedia.com/all-i-remember/
This documentary follows Leontine, a young survivor of the Rwandan genocide, as she takes her story public for the first time.
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., http://www.mappingmemories.ca/book
To launch the book, we organized a tour of 30 participating schools and universities
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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