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MAC SUMMER EVENT SERIES! Occidental College

The Media Arts & Culture Department (MAC) invites you to participate in our MAC Summer Event Series! Join us for six one-hour online events hosted by department faculty and staff as we preview some of the creative and conceptual topics at the heart of next year’s courses and initiatives. These one-hour events will run biweekly on Thursdays at 5:30 PM PST from May 28-August 6. This free series is open to all, so whether you’re a current student, an incoming student in the Class of 2024, an alum, or a community member, we hope you’ll join us and stay connected with MAC this summer!

Hands-on Short Film Screenwriting Workshop with Prof. Aleem Hossain

Thursday, May 28th, 5:30 p.m. PDT

This workshop will use writing prompts to spark creativity and brainstorm short film screenplay ideas. Required materials: You will need some blank paper (or a notebook) and a pencil or pen, whichever you prefer. Whether you are interested in screenwriting or not, this workshop will give you tools to explore new ways of thinking and expression.

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Up Your Social Media Game using Adobe Spark with Manager of Digital Production Diana Keeler

Thursday, June 11th, 5:30 p.m. PDT

Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile design app that allows you to easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages. This interactive workshop will explore some of the features, talk about social media strategies, and permit participants to create a fun and engaging #quarantine post!

The Media Arts & Culture Faculty and Staff stand in solidarity with the Black community, our students of color, and all those who reject intolerance and injustice. During this workshop, we'll also address ways to utilize social media platforms to promote change and action.

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An Introduction to World-Building in Practice with Prof. Amanda Tasse

Thursday, June 25th, 5:30 p.m. PDT

Through demos and conversation with a special guest creator, this session explores what world-building is and how its methods are put into practice in the entertainment and tech industries.

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Refugee Hauntings in Transnational Cinema with Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak

Thursday, July 9th, 5:30 p.m. PDT

This session will explore Refugee Cinema though an analysis of Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts. The film is available on Amazon Prime, if attendees wish to watch it, though this is not required to engage in the event.

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The Power of Participatory Video with Prof. Broderick Fox and Visiting Prof. Vivian Lin

Thursday, July 23rd, 5:30 p.m. PDT

This session explores the ethics of “participation” in documentary media. Fox will engage with Dr. Lin, MAC’s 20-21 Visiting Assistant Professor of Media for Social Change, about her organization Voices of Women Media--which uses participatory video models to provide community members with the skills and technology to make media for and about themselves.

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The Critical Video Essay with Prof. Allison de Fren and Tracy Cox-Stanton, video essayist and founder, the Cine-Files

Thursday, August 6th, 5:30 p.m. PDT

Through screenings and a conversation with a guest video essayist, this session explores what it means to "think and write with video" about film, media, and popular culture.

You can learn more about the Cine-Files here.

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