Call For Applications: Summer DocuLab Production Coordinator
Apply to be the Production Coordinator for the College’s 2021 DocuLab project, “For, With, and Against the Camera: Performance Cinema,” led by Haverford Visual Studies faculty member John Muse. Deadline: 1/22/21.
Call For Applications
Summer 2021 DocuLab Production Coordinator
June 1 - July 31, 2021
Deadline to Apply: January 22, 2021
Haverford College’s Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities and VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) invite applications for the position of Production Coordinator for the College’s Summer 2021 DocuLab project, “For, With, and Against the Camera: Performance Cinema,” led by Haverford Visual Studies faculty member John Muse.
DocuLab is a donor-funded program that develops student-faculty documentary work in the College’s VCAM facility. Faculty propose a film project in collaboration with a visiting filmmaker or artist. Five students then spend ten weeks both on campus and in the field working on the documentary film project, collaborating with the faculty lead, the visiting artist, and other creative partners.
With “For, With, and Against the Camera: Performance Cinema,” students will explore performance-based film practice and produce their own experimental films and installation projects. COVID-19 restrictions permitting, this DocuLab will begin with an intensive, seven-day early summer performance workshop in Saxony, Germany led by renowned international performance artist BBB Johannes Deimling and media maker Monika Deimling. Upon returning to campus, the student fellows will employ the research methodologies learned with the Deimlings to conceptualize, develop, and create original works in collaboration with John Muse and Philadelphia artists, dancers, theater makers, and performers. The Lab will conclude with a fall 2021 omnibus performance event and screening of works by the Fellows and critiques with the Deimlings. Learn more about the project at hav.to/doculab.
The Production Coordinator is a key role within the DocuLab team, working closely with both the project’s Faculty Lead John Muse and Hurford Center Associate Director James Weissinger to support most logistical matters surrounding the project. The Production Coordinator will:
- Participate in monthly pre-production meetings with the team starting in late January 2021 and leading up to the start of the DocuLab;
- Coordinate travel logistics in partnership with the Hurford Center Associate Director and the Center’s Financial & Administrative Assistant;
- COVID-permitting, travel with the team to Germany and, working with Faculty Lead, support the students in the weeklong performance workshop;
- Supervise pre-production, production, and post-production with the Faculty Lead upon returning to Haverford, help students develop their craft skills, and aid in scheduling and coordinating the production of their bodies of work;
- Meet regularly with Hurford Center Associate Director to check in about the project, budget, and schedule;
- Maintain the group’s bookkeeping system and work with Hurford Center Financial and Administrative Assistant to track expenses;
- Supervise the unpacking & return of equipment in coordination with Haverford’s Digital Media Specialist;
- Help the Faculty Lead coordinate creative workshops and “coaching” sessions led by visiting artists;
- Help the Faculty Lead and Digital Media Specialist coordinate technical workshops;
- Help the Fellows complete all deliverables, output and archive their final film productions, create multiple copies in multiple formats, and clean up the file management system prior to the DocuLab’s conclusion.
The Production Coordinator role is a full time commitment during the trip to Germany. It reverts to part time for the remaining eight weeks of the lab.
The Production Coordinator should have a strong background in filmmaking. Experience as an Assistant Director, Producer, or similar role is beneficial, as well as any formal or informal educational experience supervising younger filmmakers. Strong bookkeeping and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to work with a diverse team of faculty, staff, students, and artistic collaborators. Background in performance would be greatly appreciated.
Note: In the event that the DocuLab team can’t travel to Germany in June of 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Deimlings will be in residence at Haverford College; the performance intensive will take place on and around campus. If the Deimlings cannot travel, they will conduct their performance intensive remotely, supported by the Faculty Lead and the Production Coordinator. The Hurford Center and VCAM hope to have greater clarity about the project’s final itinerary by late January, 2021. Beyond pre-planning meetings January - May, 2021, the scope of the Coordinator’s work will take place June 1 - July 31, 2021.
The Production Coordinator will receive a stipend of $6000 for their work on the project. Travel to and from Germany, as well as lodging there, will also be covered by the project budget.
To apply, please email HCAH Associate Director and VCAM Operations Manager James Weissinger at jweissin [at] haverford.edu a cover letter describing your interest in the project and CV/resume by January 22, 2021.
Please direct any questions to James Weissinger at jweissin [at] haverford.edu or Faculty Lead John Muse at jmuse [at] haverford.edu.
Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status. Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of the College. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the College’s mission.