Projects & Media
Occidental College Students make a wide variety of media projects. Check some examples out below:
Talon Gonzalez ('14) produced this experimental senior comprehensives documentary which gives voice to the experiences of multiracial/multiethnic Occidental students. After an incredible 2-year global festival journey, the piece is now publicly available to view here.
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 narrative peice, Reuben must search the streets of East L.A. for the essential part of his outfit, a Duranguense style hat. Watch it here.
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.
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.
Water, consumerism, public spaces, sports, entertainment, rhythm, immigration, storytelling...what are the cultural currents that charcterize, challenge, and connect Los Angeles communties and citizens?
On April 25, 2014, Oxy Freewaves: FLOW marked the fifth annual collaboration between the MAC 242 Projects in Documentary students and community partner Freewaves, a Los Angeles media arts organization that champions alternate exhibition of art and activist media across the city.
Student-produced documentaries were curated alongside artists' videos from Freewaves, transforming the main quad of Occidental into an open-air alternative screening event and reception. Students then produced a web space to archive the event, showcase their videos, and frame ongoing conversations. Click here to visit the site.
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