Snapshots of the Valley

The students in valuable collaboration with community members across the Lehigh Valley made meaningful, cinematic work with deep attention to location, ethical engagement and the framing of stories that often go unnoticed, yet are snapshots of the intricate moving parts in the Valley.

A Model of Collaborative Archival Documentary Storymaking

Faculty, staff and student collaborators presented their work on documentary and archival work at the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, October 11-13, 2019. Docstorymaking faculty Kate Ranieri, Muhlenberg College special collections archivist Susan Falciani Maldonado, and Muhlenberg College Digital Cultures Media Technologist Anthony Dalton have been engaged in longterm collaborative research that brings together documentary storymaking, […]

Inside/Outside Screens at NCC Peace and Social Justice Conference

On October 1, Northampton Community College held a daylong Peace and Social Justice Conference, including a screening of Professor Nandini Sikand’s film, Inside/Outside. Inside/Outside (2019, 94 minutes) is a feature length documentary film about women and mass incarceration in the United States as they struggle with the challenges of sexual assault, substance abuse and often, motherhood. Seen […]

Graduate Accepted into Scribe’s New Film Scholars Program

One of Documentary Storymaking’s  first graduates, Drew Swedberg, has been accepted into the inaugural cohort of Scribe’s new Film Scholars Program.  Swedberg, who received Muhlenberg’s James D. Schneider Social Justice Award in 2017, will participate in a series of video-making training workshops to support new documentary media making.   Swedberg first encountered Scribe in Philadelphia through […]

An Evening of Docs in Progress

On Tuesday, May 9, students in Prof. Ebrahimi-Bazaz’s Docs in Progress course shared their projects with peers, faculty, and community members.  Each documentarian introduced their project with a statement about the “meaningful progress” they defined for their work this semester.  Some of the work began in Fall 2016 in DOC 150, and some will continue beyond […]

Senior Drew Swedberg Screens Documentary Film

On April 27, 2017, Muhlenberg senior Drew Swedberg screened a short documentary, Ciento uno años.  Drew began the project during a MILA (Muhlenberg Integrated Learning Abroad) course on sustainability in Costa Rica with Professor Niesenbaum (Biology) and Professor Elliott (Art).  “I was taking the class as a way of exploring community sustainability, documentary ethics, and the relationship […]

Docstory Student Emmia Newman Receives Awards

Congratulations to Emmia Newman, a documentary storymaking student from Muhlenberg College, who was recently awarded a Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Scholarship for her outstanding work in documentary filmmaking. The scholarship will support Emmia as she finishes production on a documentary, “The True Ingredients of My Mother’s Indian Cooking.” Emmia began this project in Prof. Andy Smith’s DOC 150 […]