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). DocuLab is a joint initiative of the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and VCAM.
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 2022 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.
Note: This call is for Summer 2022 proposals only. If a proposal is accepted, the successful candidate commits to pursuing the project for Summer 2022. All proposals will be reviewed by the HCAH Steering Committee, and applicants will be notified by May 1, 2021. The proposal cannot be deferred to future summers, and if the applicant can no longer commit to this summer, then the Hurford Center must be notified by May 15, 2021.
For ten weeks during summer 2020, five students participated in the production of the experimental documentary film Smile4Kime. Fellows conceptualized, developed, and created animated scenes for the film in collaboration with local Philadelphia artists.doculab-archive
For ten weeks during summer 2019, five Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students helped create a documentary centered on the city of Philadelphia in the summer of 1976. The project took place in Philadelphia with professor Thomas Devaney, collaborating with Greenhouse Media artists and filmmakers Matthew Suib and Aaron Igler.doculab-archive
Dizhsa Nabani is a documentary web series that explores the relationship between identity, language, and daily life in the Valley Zapotec community of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya.doculab-archive