Projects & Media
Occidental College Students make a wide variety of media projects. Check some examples out below:
In an assignment for her Senior Seminar, Molli Carlson ('13) considered the evolution of the screwball comedy. Looking at three screwball movies—one from the 1930s, one from the 1970s, and the last from the 2000s—she constructed an argument that showed how the function of these films has been a critical part of American film history and, in a more general way, American society. Read her work here.
Nelson Melgar's ('10) senior comprehensive project tells a story about Ruben, a man attempting to maintain his family's cultural past. In this narrtive peice, Reuben must search the streets of East L.A. for the essential part of his outfit, a Duranguense style hat. Watch it here.
Kyle Scoble ('13) has created an online journal focused on the art of Los Angeles. Cardinal Point West is a space where student and local artists can showcase their work and talk about their artistic choices. Check it out here.
Interested in both video games and representations of gender, Ashly Burch ('12) took the opportunity of her senior comprehensive project to look into the gender norms present in the western video game, Red Dead Redemption. You can explore her work here and see how she engaged critically with a modern media text.
Building off the documentary film she made in her advanced projects class, Verionica Pinkham looked to build a conversation through YouTube to let people from around the world share their relationship with the hair on their body. You can watch her original film, HAIRstory, here and join the conversation here, where you can also see how she was able to build an online community surrounding the topic of her documentary.
As a collaboration between Occidental’s Media Arts and Culture Program and Freewaves, eight students produced documentaries that frame questions about community in greater Los Angeles. The exhibition of the films happened on April 20, 2012, which coincided with the College's 125 anniversary celebration. Visit the website to learn more about the event and to watch teasers for all of the documentaries.
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