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Anthropology of Media in Turkey: Theory, Methodology, and Future Orientations:
The goal of this workshop is to launch a sustainable platform for media ethnographers of Turkey where they delve into critical theoretical issues and pressing methodological discussions that are specific to the Turkish context. The Turkish context is comprised of a dynamic and complex cultural field, which makes it a challenging task for media anthropologists to define their researcher identity and to designate their theoretical approach. The current media environment marked by censorship, political pressure, and deepening polarization further complicates the picture for ethnographers of Turkish media and renders it difficult for them to find safe entry points for participant observation. A first in this area, this workshop will constitute a platform where a select group of media ethnographers would develop channels of conversation to define, refine, and expand the tools of anthropological knowledge on media. For three days, eighteen invited media ethnographers would engage in discussions on ethnography as both a methodological endeavor and a theoretical outlook in studying the social and cultural processes of media. Moreover, the workshop devotes a full day to the extensive discussions of the practical issues that come directly from the participants’ field experiences. The participants will work in small groups on specific research situations. Role-playing would be used as a technique to embody field experiences and unpack complicated examples of entries, skills of immersion, instances of being labelled and co-opted, threats and dangers encountered, and the process of ending the fieldwork. The anthropological discourse that flourishes in and through the workshop would result in two forms of concrete outcomes. One of them is a collected volume. The second is a web blog that would have dynamic and interactive content about both media ethnography in Turkey and global tendencies in the relevant anthropological literature.
CALL FOR FILM PROJECTS for AAA FILM PITCH WORKSHOP
Are you currently working on a film? Are you interested in getting feedback?
Are you interested in ethnographic film production but not yet ready to share a project in progress?
Due to the enormous success of the 2016 Pitch Session, we are once again convening a FILM PITCH Workshop at the 2017 AAAs. Please join us for the Second Annual Society for Visual Anthropology FILM PITCH workshop, December 1, 1-5 PM.
A PITCH SESSION FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMMAKERS: DEVELOPING YOUR STORY, INTEGRATING YOUR RESEARCH, FINDING FUNDING AND DISTRIBUTION
This workshop uses the pitch format of documentary film festivals in which filmmakers pitch their work-in-progress to a jury of funders, distributors and award winning filmmakers. For each film presented, the jury will provide feedback including strategies for visualizing anthropological content and suggestions for developing your narrative and structure. Other discussion topics include conceptualizing your audience, and opportunities and strategies for funding and distribution.
Pre- Selected filmmakers will give a 10 minute presentation of their project, that includes a description of the story, themes, research, visual style, plans for completion and a short video sample. Our workshop format is intended to encourage lively discussion between jurors, other workshop participants and the presenting filmmakers. Discussion will address both the effectiveness of the pitch and the substance of the film project. Jury and audience awards.
The goals of the workshop are:
- To model how to present a film project to potential collaborators, funders & distributors.
- To provide concrete strategies for turning research into visually compelling stories.
- To direct participants to funding and distribution opportunities.
Pitch jurors TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Two ways to participate in this workshop
PITCH YOUR PROJECT: Whether your project is in development, production, or in rough cut stage, this is an opportunity to get feedback on your work-in-progress from a jury with expertise in anthropological filmmaking, funding and distribution. Seven filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) will be selected to pitch projects. Those interested in presenting their film project should send a brief Pitch Proposal (see below) to Alice Apley ([email protected]) by October 15, 2017. The organizers will select a mix of experienced to first-time filmmakers.
NONPITCHING WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: As a workshop participant, you can observe the pitches, join the discussion about the projects in progress, learn from the pitches, get ideas, and plan for a future visual project.
If you are interested in pitching, send a one-page description of your project and a video sample. It should include:
- Short synopsis describing the significance of the project, brief discussion of the issues, themes and story you will explore, and the visual style of the film (e.g. observational, experimental documentary etc).
- Your bio, including your unique qualifications for completing this project successfully, such as knowledge, skills, access or history of involvement with the characters and/or subject matter.
- Please also include a short status report describing where you are in the research, development and/or production process, what work has been completed and a brief timeline.
- Production-related photo (optional).
Also send a trailer, teaser, or clips via a single streamable link of film footage or visuals (still or moving). (7 minutes maximum)