The American Veterans of today's military live within a dual identity: that of soldier and civilian. They exist within a middle narrative of these two identities, facing not only the invisible wounds of war, but also the realities of civilian life. Taking a close look at the lives and memories of three contemporary Veterans, How Can I Tell You About War reveals the complexities of identifying as an American Veteran.
We hope that our film is able to bring more attention and a larger discussion around what needs to be done for Veterans in this country, and the struggles that they face. We also hope that it honors the lives of John, Kevin, and Isa by telling their stories and allowing them to represent their generation of soldiers whose stories are still in the shadows.
Jerome is an MMA fighter. He's vivacious, resilient and tenacious. While he is only a few years shy from forty, which is when many fighters slow down, Jerome has decided to train for a fight in Thailand so he can "smash people". This a small insight into his fighting life.
A young female astronomer confronts cosmic mystery, inspiring uncertainty and wonder about the origins of the universe and the possibility of life after death.
"I was interested by the connecting concepts of both Astronomy and Catholic Spirituality, particularly the notion of cosmic mystery." -Katherine
Cabaret is Georgetown University's own annual rock extravaganza. This was the 39th edition of Cabaret and the biggest to date, hosted by one of DC's favorite music venues, the Black Cat, on U Street.
"This was my first experience covering a live 2-hour concert in a crowded venue like the Black Cat. The goal was to create a cool video that captured the event's highlights and general atmosphere, so that it could be recorded and shared with the public." -Juliana
Has Facebook changed the way love and attraction work? "Likable Matters" is a contemporary silent short that tries to explore this question. It is told from the point of view of an anti-hero who is deeply engaged with social media and doesn't distinguish the virtual world from the one he inhabits.
FROMANCE! This is a short about a 20-something college student and his barber/brothuh/classmate.
Andrew gets his hair cut by Darryl, his friend and barber. In Darryl’s townhouse, the brothuhs (emphasis on the “-uh”) talk about sports, girls, and their shared experience of being a black face in a white place.
Showcase Showdown Fall 2014 winner!
As part of my Art 166: Intro to Animation course, I was assigned to create a claymation project. 'La Danza de Ellos' shows my inspiration from my Mexican folkloric dance experience at Georgetown (through BFMG). The piece is meant to be a fun mini representation of the 'Jarabe Tapatio' folkloric dance with skeletons.
"To Be Dunbar" examines the nation’s first public high school for African Americans, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, a site of academic excellence in DC until desegregation. The film examines several key turning points in the school's history and the consequences of these changes for the local community and for public education in DC. Johnathan Carrington, a current Georgetown student who graduated from Dunbar, is featured as a main character along with other alumni who speak to the identity of Dunbar, its past prominence, its recent challenges, and the possibilities of its new campus.
This is a short video I created for my Intro to Animation class. I made the sock puppets (and took much longer on them than any self respecting nineteen year old ought to) and recruited my family members to perform in our backyard over Thanksgiving Break.
A short film on the unique hair journeys of several of Georgetown's African-American women.
This is an experimental documentary that explores the challenges our society poses to artists, specifically musicians. Value art, and remember to be grateful for it.
30 years after the Hoyas claimed the NCAA title, Georgetown is back and ready to claim the title again. This is The Hoya's official 2014-2015 Georgetown Basketball preview.
The main event that was recorded was Midnight Madness where each player made his/her debut. Special appearance by Jack the Bulldog and Trey Songz.
Also, clips from the 1984 NCAA National Championship game, where Georgetown won, is included.
Dominican painter Jeankarlos Cruz talks about his most recent art project, a series of informal meet ups with New Jersey-based artists combining live music, painting and other expressive forms.
The documentary focuses on Cruz’s new project of bringing together local community artists in a series of informal meet ups where various expressive forms, such as live music, painting and poetry, come together. Cruz briefly talks about how young artists face difficulties in pursuing their talents professionally and how they seek independence from jobs they aren’t passionate about but that they need to maintain for financial reasons. Cruz ends by meditating on the end objective of his project in inviting attendees to both think and act as spectators and performers respectively: his intent is to make them achieve a place of “clarity”, “inspiration” or “enlightenment”, as he puts it, by uniting the physical and the mental, the tangible and the intangible, through the arts.
I think the very subject matter that the documentary explores and one of my main motivations in creating it are directly related to the "Ideologies of Exclusion" Unit in our class, and that is to give more visibility to minority groups pursuing art through new perspectives.
I've wanted to be a YouTuber since my very first YouTube video. It was 2005, I was 10, and my neighbor showed me "Crazy Asian Mother." It shattered my horizons.
Due to my innately introverted nature, I've avoided extensive social interaction most of my life. However, to live is to build relationships that expand my world views, challenge my conception of the universe...and I didn't have that. I felt stagnant, misunderstood, and very much alone. Therefore, I decided--I don't remember how long ago--that I someday must be a YouTuber, and I must be willing to put myself out there for the public to see, and watch, and listen to, and question, and, perhaps, understand. I truly do love people. I love stories, I love the connection that arises between people who spark a momentary intuition between their psyches. I want it, as well, and I am creating situations where I am forced to interact in order to get the footage I want, in order to ask the questions I want, in order to get the experiences I, perhaps just on a whim, want.
Results? Frequent all-nighters, deeper friendships, heartier laughs, and less self-conscious. Loving life.
In addition to my YouTube channel, my Wordpress blog is a very important part of ADILAI: https://adilyfeofanintrovert.wordpress.com/
We went around Georgetown University interviewing students and Summer Hoyas asking them to pronounce several words and see how being from different locations can affect our English, and how diverse the campus truly is.
Although some people answered in the exact same way, it showed that no matter how far away they are from each other, we are still one culture, and that deep down, we're all the same.
Broadcast Journalism Institute: Each summer, Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies hosts Summer Programs for High School students. The various programs and courses provide opportunities for talented and motivated high school students to learn more about a subject area of their interest. The students hear from Georgetown faculty, Washington decision-makers and subject matter experts. The students experience hands on learning through classroom activities and unique educational off-site visits.
A commentary on rejection. Wonderland, a place I made up, where rejection and failure are forgotten.
A tongue-in-cheek homage to French New Wave cinema of the 1960's. In the true spirit of "La Nouvelle Vague", I scrapped any notion of a "shot list" and made the film almost entirely over the course of three days.
A parody of Georgetown's finest betches.
This project contains content, imagery or language that some may find objectionable. Viewer discretion is advised.
A new student develops trichotillomania (obsessive urge to pull out one's own hair) after reading a distressing Buzzfeed article.
Showcase Showdown Spring 2014 winner!
I made this documentary for my Intro to Video class with Professor Bocci, Spring of 2014. I'm also currently a member of the breakdancing team on campus and I thought it'd be nice if we were able to get our name out there with this project. Most of it was shot on an XA10 with a Sennheiser shotgun mic for audio.
“Capedal” is a documentary exploring Washington, D.C. off the tourist path and onto the cycling path. With 56 miles of bike lanes and 137 Bikeshare stations, Washington, D.C. holds a place among the most bike-friendly cities in the world. From forested trails running alongside the Potomac to busy urban streets in the shadow of the Hill, “Capedal” joins six D.C. cyclists in the areas they love most.
As part of GAAP's continued efforts to attract the best and brightest to Georgetown, our Digital Media Team worked to create a comprehensive video tour of the four freshmen dorms, to provide students unable to attend the GAAP Weekends in person the opportunity to learn more about residential living experience here at Georgetown.
As short film about a boy who finds an emotional outlet in an unexpected place. Winner "Best Story / Screenplay" at the GU Film Festival. Made for Melissa Bruno's "Narrative Filmmaking" (ARTS-182).
In Petals, a young woman overcome with guilt seeks redemption with the help of a bouquet of yellow roses. The film, written for Melissa Bruno's Narrative Filmmaking course, explores love, loss and healing through the eyes of the misunderstood. The film was shot on location in Georgetown, Washington D.C. by first-time writer and director Brett Treacy.
These videos were created as part of an ITEL project (CLED Flipped Grammar: Jennifer Lubkin & Andrew Screen). The purpose of the project is to explore what type of impact flipping specific units of a grammar class has on student learning.
These videos, as well others that were created for this class, are designed to serve as instructional video clips to enhance grammar instruction in text books or in class. One of the main goals of the project is to reduce the teacher talking time in class by "flipping" the class. By flipping, the explanations are provided through video and watched by students for homework, and the class time then allows more time for language practice.
Showcase Showdown Fall 2013 winner!
This documentary shows my quest to find mountain biking trails in the Washington DC area. It also documents whether it is possible to have an authentic mountain biking experience in an urban setting like Washington DC.
The purpose of this project was to explore some of the challenges and techniques associated with recording the sound of the rear-facing French horn. In this fantasia, I pieced together excerpts of my playing with the horn miked close to the bell, more distantly in the hall, and in the midst of the orchestra. The voice of the conductor is used throughout the mix as a commentary on the art of balancing symphonic sounds from a podium, which parallels what I learned about balancing sound from my seat as simultaneous musician and recording artist.
Do you remember playing with dirt in your childhood? And what do you think about dirt now? As we grow up, we tend to ignore the existence of dirt. For some people, however, dirt plays an important role in their lives. This film observes what dirt creates and brings to them.
MSFS students and administrators spent 11 days traveling through Saudi Arabia during March of 2013. This film follows the experience of three students before, during, and after their visit, as they react to the Saudi education system, government, and culture.
I created this short documentary video regarding gender inequalities for my Global Inequalities final last semester. I produced the video using Gelardin New Media Center equipment.
This documentary video is about students learning Chinese at Georgetown. It is based on the question of "why do you learn Chinese", featuring interviews with students and faculty as well as activities going on inside and outside the class.
This documentary tells the story of the history and current day status of Georgetown ROTC through shadowing one of its top cadets. It also simultaneously documents the legacy of the Vietnam War at Georgetown, and the evolution of perspective between the protests once held on the main lawns against ROTC and the presence of the traveling Vietnam War Memorial this past Fall, The Wall that Heals.
Creating this documentary was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at Georgetown. It took hours upon hours of hard work through early mornings shooting footage to late nights editing, but was worth every minute for the final product. Learning how to use Final Cut Pro was also an invaluable experience.
The project is an examiniaton of how space is related to sound. It feature three bands talking about their practice space and the limitations that arise.
"I started a personal project called 'Harmless Colors' to create simple colorful sentences on white walls of different public corridors. They are harmless because they are made by removable sticky notes, and I hope these simple sentences like 'and spring comes', 'how are you today', and 'be happy' could bring some colors to strangers' life. Also hope this tiny documentary could create some little good moods for audience."
The Podcast is a live radio broadcast of the verdict at Galileo's Trial. The digital story gives a summary about Galileo.
Spring Semester 2013 Showcase Showdown Winner!
We had five minutes to make a moral case for policy change: in less than 5, John Benjamin shows us why we should adopt universal background checks for gun purchases.
Students in French 442 (Parisian World’s Fairs: 1855-1900), in collaboration with Gelardin New Media Library and with support from the Department of French, worked in groups with iPads from Gelardin to download L’Illustration’s app and to read issues from 1900, the year of Paris’s last nineteenth-century Universal Exposition. Incorporating text and image from the journal, students created videos using iMovie treating different aspects of the representation of the 1900 Exposition in L’Illustration.
This experimental piece tries to visualize the cathartic experience that people - I was thinking in particular of students - undergo during or after moments of high stress of pressure. Through various visual elements I attempted to embody this spontaneous release.
A 10 minute documentary of the Georgetown men's rugby team that I filmed over the course of the season as my final project for my film minor capstone.
I broke my jaw in October of 2012, thus ending my rugby career. I still wanted to have a place on the team and give others a sense about what it means for those who are part of the organization.
Amir Kamergi found himself in the midst of a revolution. The 23 year old Fulbright scholar, who lived his entire life under the oppressive regime of Tunisia's President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, witnessed his country transform overnight. It all started with a single act of desperation - Mohamed Bouazizi, an educated Tunisian man who was forced to be a street vendor to support his family, set himself on fire in protest of the totalitarian government. That day, something awoke in Tunisia. Amir went from being an ordinary student to a passionate political activist. This documentary explores the personal story of the triumphs and tragedies that come with revolution.
Markets are all about interactions. Since the 1930s, Union Market has served its customers faithfully through the changing political, economic, and social climates of D.C. and the United States in general. The rich history of this market is now in jeopardy, as developers work to develop the property to accommodate the district's still-changing landscape. Should this development be halted to preserve the authenticity of this market, or is the redevelopment of the market necessary as a representation of the constant change necessary in Washington D.C. and in America?
"This project contains content, imagery or language that some may find objectionable. Viewer discretion is advised."
What is infant circumcision? Why is the practice common in U.S. hospitals and not in other countries? What does it remove and how does that affect the child? Does scientific data suggest that circumcision has benefits? What are the potential complications? How does it affect sexuality? Is it a medical procedure or a social surgery? If it's unnecessary surgery, what about contemporary bioethics principles?
Through both a review of scientific literature and a discussion of the human cost of the procedure, this presentation explores these questions from the perspectives of the child, the adult survivor, the parent, and the practitioner.
On any given day in the District, strangers come together on a metro train with nothing between them but space. While most riders do their best not to make eye contact, a portion of the Red Line offers plenty to observe out the window. Known for its high incidence and history of graffiti, the Red Line metro route has attracted countless writers over the years looking to get up and get their name out. But, what draws them there and what do commuters think of their anonymous works of art?
Using interviews with graffiti writers and red line riders, See Something, Say Something explores the indirect dialogue that graffiti creates. Equal parts craft and confusion, art form and illegal act, red line graffiti embodies all the contradictions of the capital city. As a vital sign of the District's changing pulse, the red line metro is as much a way to understanding D.C. as a way through it.
Place is not mere geography. It is a cerebral and emotional blend of associations, an awareness that is part physical, part science, and part history, culture and social memory. Place is a way of understanding the world and more. Can the internet host a "place?" If so, how and why?
The video shows family doctors who have chosen to find a niche within the family of medicine. These doctors express the view that they are both generalists and specialists. The message is that family medicine is a chance to pursue life-long learning
This short documentary explores how innovations in communications technology have changed how soldiers communicate with family and loved-ones, and how the same innovations create new challenges for the armed forces. The piece was created with a mixture of found footage, images and interviews.
"Does a street musician stand out from the chaos of the street or add to it? Do the unpredictable sights and noises around him compliment his music or obscure it? These are some of the questions that this ten-minute documentary about local musician Perry King attempts to raise. In addition to many other performances around the city, Perry plays nearly every Sunday afternoon in Columbia Heights. He graciously allowed me to film him throughout the spring semester, and my project quickly turned into an exploration of his relationship with his environment, the ever-bustling D.C. streets."
The video explores the controversial role and identity of Mary Magdalene by comparing the opinions of different religious ministers. Kipp and I interviewed three ministers (two Catholic and one Lutheran) in order to complete our study and understanding of the life of Mary Magdalene for our final project.
My project was a 9-minute short film assigned for Buddhism and Film class, Spring 2011. The film alternates footage of two student actors with an animated parable and split-screen footage of a dream sequence. The parable was colored and animated using Final Cut Pro. The footage was shot using the Sanyo camera, and the project utilized almost all of the Final Cut Studio editing software - Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color, and Soundtrack Pro.
Students in the Advanced Video Production Class in the Journalism program put together a collection of short, news-style pieces. The students put in many, many weeks of hard work and had extensive video production and editing training.
When world-renowned boxer, Bubba, was a baby mouse, his first words were, "Aimonokyu Aaowt Kawzaimbubbuhduhmaowse" translated in English as, "I'm going to knock you out because I'm Bubba the Mouse." All grown up, he debuts in his promotional video taunting his opponents with nicknames such as, "Mr. Double A-K," "Big Bubba," and "Aimonokyu Aaowt Kawzaimbubbuhduhmaowse." Watch Big Bubba at his best, but don't get in his way because he just might "KNOCK YOU OUT!"
This short documentary was made by students in the American Studies program at Georgetown University. "An Enduring Gift" examined the story and influence of the Japanese gift of cherry trees to Washington, D.C.
The project was to take a novel, film, and music from a particular country and create a narrative that gives voice to the culture in that area. For this project, I used 2 films, 1 novel, and 1 song from artists in El Salvador. I aim to show how those without agency can gain it.