DocuLab is a donor-funded five-year program that will develop student-faculty documentary work in VCAM.
Students will spend ten weeks both on campus and in the field developing documentary projects, working with faculty, visiting filmmakers, and technicians. Taking advantage of the new filmmaking spaces and equipment in VCAM, the initiative builds on the College’s successful Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Fellows Program (WAKE, Capitalish) and the Hurford Center’s Tuttle Summer Arts Lab (The Pool Movie Project).
Contact: James Weissinger, Associate Director, Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities and VCAM Operations Manager
Summer DocuLabs Faculty Proposal
Summer DocuLabs invites faculty applications for Summer 2020 projects. Taking advantage of the filmmaking spaces and equipment in VCAM, the donor-funded initiative builds on the College’s successful Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Fellows Program (WAKE, Capitalish) and the Hurford Center’s Tuttle Summer Arts Lab (The Pool Movie Project).
In projects proposed by faculty, student-faculty teams will work within the field and on campus with visiting filmmakers, and other collaborators. If the proposing faculty member needs assistance in finding a filmmaker, the Hurford Center staff can help to identify one prior to application due date. Note: the application must include specific option(s) for filmmaker collaborator, even if this has not been finalized. Students will apply to join the approved project in the fall, with the project taking place during the following summer, where four-five students from multiple disciplines will spend ten weeks working together with a faculty member and the visiting artist.
Summer DocuLab projects may also involve curricular components for student participants the semester prior to the actual filming. Faculty members leading the project may work on a variety of levels, from co-teaching a course, to co-designing/hosting workshops and events, to co-advising the student fellows over the summer on campus or in the field.
Groups will produce ambitious documentary work, guided both by the faculty member, filmmaker, and college staff. The form of the work produced will also be dynamic: In any given summer, the result could be a traditional single-channel documentary, a web documentary, a site-specific public video installation, or a locative media project accessed through smart phones and experienced on a walking tour – the lab-style design of the institute and the diverse resources of the VCAM building will permit this freedom to explore.
FACULTY DEADLINE: Please email your application as a MSWord attachment to email@example.com by April 12, 2019.
Contact: Laura McGrane
Director, Visual Culture, Arts, & Media (VCAM) - Programs, Grants, Assessment
Chair and Associate Professor of English
Director, Trico Digital Humanities (TDH)
Summer DocuLab 2019: The Bicentennial in Philadelphia
Faculty Lead: Thomas Devaney, Department of English
Student Deadline to Apply: Friday, 2/8/19
Info Session: Tuesday, 1/29/19, 4:30 p.m. VCAM 102
For ten weeks during summer 2019, four students will create a documentary centered on the city of Philadelphia in the summer of 1976. The project will take place in Philadelphia with professor Thomas Devaney and assistant Natasha Cohen-Carroll, collaborating with Greenhouse Media artists and filmmakers Matthew Suib and Aaron Igler. The team will conduct archival media research as well as oral history interviews with a cross-section of people from across the city to tell their personal accounts and stories about the summer of 76.
The 200th birthday of the United States was a national event, which had a heightened focus in Philadelphia. A vast regatta of tall ships sailed from around the world up the Delaware River. A team of Conestoga wagons traveled from the west coast to the suburbs of the city in time for July 4th. All of the fire plugs in the city were painted red, white, and blue. The summer also saw an infamous outbreak of Legionnaires Disease before the main celebration. It was the first occasion where a cluster of pneumonia cases had occurred in one place. The spring of 1975 was the exit of the US from Vietnam. President Nixon had resigned in 1974. The country and the city were in need of some upbeat news and all efforts were made to make the Bicentennial an extraordinary celebration. Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo called in the National Guard for fear of protests at Independence Hall on July 4th. Reviews of the Bicentennial were mixed, and yet the memory of the summer of 76 retains a deep hold on the imagination for many Philadelphians.
How has the Bicentennial left its mark the psyche of the city? Our project will be to explore how myth and memory are interwoven in the collective memory. The team will complete the filming and editing process over the course of the summer. The group will produce an ambitious documentary guided both by the faculty member, filmmakers, and college staff. The form of the work is an ensemble of voices and collaged images: many formats can be envisioned, including:
- an installation (multi-channel) format
- public presentation/projection of the work
Because of the innovative work, and the expertise of the Greenhouse Media partners, other “expanded” presentations of the work are possible.
The program is open to Haverford students, including graduating seniors, as well as Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore students majoring at Haverford or those who have otherwise completed significant film-focused coursework in the Tri-Co. Student Fellows will receive a $5000 stipend to cover room, board, and other expenses. Financial aid summer earnings expectations will be covered by the program.
Arts Lab for Summer 2016: The Pool Movie Project
Vicky Funari, Haverford College Artist in Residence
Hilary Brashear, Emerging Artist in Residence
The John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce a new Tuttle Summer Arts Lab to take place during Summer 2016. The Summer Arts Lab Student Fellowship will offer students the opportunity to participate in a multiplatform documentary project with Haverford College’s Artist in Residence Vicky Funari.
Funari is currently producing the Pool Movie Project, a multiplatform documentary about older women, water, exercise, and community. The 2016 Summer Arts Lab will convene a team of artists, students, community members, scholars, and public health experts to collaborate in envisioning and creating elements of the project website and the community engagement campaign. The film, now in post-production, tells the story of an aqua-cise class held at a small suburban YMCA, attended primarily by 60-90 year old women. It traces the class’s final year in the old Main Line Y, as the branch prepares to close its doors forever. The film is a study of older bodies and souls in water, in motion, in transition, and in community with each other.
What the Fellowship Entails
- Summer Arts Lab Student Fellows will work collaboratively with lead artists, women in the film, and advisors to help envision and design a project website and to produce audiovisual elements for that site, including video portraits and oral histories of community members.
- Student Fellows will also help lay the groundwork for a community engagement campaign to promote healthy aging.
- Student work will take place over 7 weeks, June 13 - August 1, 2016.
- The work will be carried out on the Haverford campus and in the surrounding region.
- Students will be provided with a stipend to cover housing and other living expenses.
- Haverford College will provide all necessary production and post-production equipment.
- Haverford’s Artist in Residence Vicky Funari will direct the Lab, and Emerging Artist in Residence Hilary Brashear will supervise Lab activities.
The Summer Arts Lab is open to Haverford students (including graduating seniors) from all majors, as well as Tri-Co students who are majoring at Haverford or who have completed substantial film-focused coursework at Haverford. Applicants must have taken at least two courses involving the production of digital media (photography, video, data visualization, web design, social media).
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Name, Class Year, Major/Minor (or interests if undeclared), Advisor
- a one-paragraph proposal explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and what you’d hope to bring to it;
- a list of relevant courses you have taken; and
- a resume with any previous film, video, web design, data visualization, and/or social media organizing work you have done, or any work around aging or public health.