Occidental students create an impressive variety of media projects. You can check out a few of them here:

Seeing Twice - a documentary short by César Martinez

César Martinez '17 produced this short documentary Seeing Twice as a junior in MAC 355 Advanced Media Practices. Since graduation, César was selected by the Carey Institute for Global Good as a 2018 Next Doc Fellow, one of 18 emerging documentary makers selected from around the globe to participate in the program. 


"Perpetuating the Witch-Hunt: Animals and Female Power in Film" - a video essay by Hillia Aho

Hillia Aho '17 produced this video essay as an Honors Project to accompany her Media Production Senior Comprehensives film, which challenged stereotypes around the mediated spinster/witch character. The essay was recently published in the undergraduate film scholarship journal, Film Matters. Hillia was recently accepted to the graduate M.F.A. Production Program at NYU. 


Before the Interview - a fictional short by Danny Scharar

Danny Scharar '17 produced this comedic short as his Media Production Senior Comprehensives project. It was an offical selection at the 2018 Portland Comedy Film Festival and garnered a Special Mention at the 2018 London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival. 


“Consuming Time: Examining Efficiency in Food Television" - a video essay by Miranda Clancy

Miranda Clancy '18 produced this video essay as her Critical Media Comprehensives project, researching the ways television cooking shows' narrative fixations with time-management fit into a larger history of Western industrialism and capitalism. Miranda was awarded the 2018 Kinder Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Critical Media for her comprehensives work.


Oxy Freewaves: FLOW

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. Check out this Documentation Video of the event.

Contact Media Arts & Culture
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Katarzyna Marciniak
Department Co-chair