Digging In: An Artists' Retreat (ONLINE)


Are you in the middle of telling a story? Do you need a place to dig in and rejuvenate your work? Are you interested in exercising strategies for liberation in your telling? This week brings together makers and documentarians who use a myriad of tools like audio, moving image, photography, print, writing, and installation to engage people. Join us for a productive, invigorating, and transformative week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects. This retreat will help you delve into the work that’s most important to you (work that’s often hard to make time for). Whether you have a story you’re trying to finish, a project you’re researching or developing, a proposal you need to write, or just want space to think about your creative trajectory, spend a week as part of a great group of creatives, all of whom are doing the same thing! Guiding the way will be instructors Ligaiya Romero and Jasmine Huff. (40 hours)

Ligaiya Romero (pronouns: they, them, theirs) is a documentary filmmaker and cultural organizer working with collective memory and the decolonial imagination. Ligaiya was the Video Producer & Editor for The Argus Project, a transmedia documentary on police violence and citizen counter-surveillance, in collaboration with CopWatch NYC. The project was supported by Tribeca New Media Fund and presented at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Ligaiya was a fellow at Firelight Media's Documentary Story Lab and is currently a member of the Queer Producers Collective. Recently, as a Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ligaiya worked with a group of students to produce a short documentary about the student-led movement to remove the UNC confederate monument, Silent Sam.


Jasmine Huff (pronouns: she, her, hers) an intuitive visual artist, writer, and craftswoman, started her career early. As the product of an artistic family, she exhibited and sold her art, photography and jewelry in her family’s gallery, Huff Art Studio when she was only five years old. At nineteen she graduated from Salem College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Studies. She continued her studies at Northwestern University where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media in 2016. With a desire to keep things fresh and continue to expand her versatile portfolio, Jasmine now divides her time between exhibiting her work, freelancing as a photographer and filmmaker, co-running Huff Art Studio, and teaching media courses.

Additional information:

This course will be held using Zoom. The instructor will send further instructions for class access and equipment needed closer to the start date. 

Helpful links for students:

Join a Zoom meeting: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

Meeting controls : https://youtu.be/ygZ96J_z4AY

Please keep in mind that, while students need to be available during the listed course times, some of that time will be devoted to working on individual projects. Your instructor will communicate with you about the class schedule and the times that the class will convene online as a group as well as the times that will be spent working on your own..

Hours for the Intensive are:

Sunday, July 26: 3 p.m.–9 p.m.

Monday–Friday, July 27–31: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday, August 1: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.


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