Alumna Returns to Philly in New Role at BlackStar

Lehigh University and Documentary Storymaking alumna Ashley Ijoema Omoma is one of six newly hired staff at Philadelphia’s BlackStar, critical to the organization’s growth as it celebrates a ten-year anniversary. Ashley joins BlackStar as submissions open for this year’s film festival. Guidelines for submission are here: Ashley’s review of Time and her interview with […]

Spring 2021 Classes

We are excited to share the spring 2021 semester schedule, with two required Documentary Storymaking courses offered. Doc 250: Rights and Responsibilities in Documentary Inquiry Professor Lora Taub, Muhlenberg College Through the lens of documentary filmmaking, Doc 250 explores the legal and ethical issues associated with documentary engagement with the social world. In so doing, […]

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 […]