What is collaborative Filmmaking?
Collaborative Filmmaking is an embodied, participatory, and visual research method in which participants are trained to create, analyze, and screen films to answer a research question. The method is useful for exploring sensitive health topics and providing nuanced insight into practices, relationships, and spaces that are difficult to capture using existing methods. Additionally, the participant-produced films center community voices and can serve as powerful, authentic advocacy tools. Fun fact? The research method was developed at Pitt Public Health by Drs. Sara Baumann and Jessie Burke!
Why is it important for new students?
We want to give you every opportunity to express yourself, and as new students you are going through a lot. Some of you are beginning graduate school for the first time in your lives, some of you are moving to a new state or even country, and all of this experience brings new feelings. For some of us, embracing art and creativity through filmmaking is a great way to showcase your thoughts in a way that is therapeutic for the creator and inspiring for viewers.
What are we asking of you?
We are inviting students to create short film projects over the course
of their first term of graduate school to illustrate their experiences and
showcase their passions at Pitt Public Health. These pieces do not have to be
completely refined and can be as creative as you want them to be! At this
session, students will learn more about the Collaborative Filmmaking research
process, view examples from around the world, and get an opportunity to do some
of their own filmmaking! (*Please bring your cell phone for recording)