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 Mendal Polish. (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.

Mendal Polish is a graduate of Duke University’s MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts program and has taught an LGBTQ Cinemas class for Duke’s Arts in the Moving Image program. She has spent most of her adult life facilitating citizen journalism classes for groups involved in political struggles as well as digital literacy classes at the Prison Reentry Center in Philadelphia. Originally from San Francisco, Mendal began making movies in high school as a vehicle for activism and education, and has been creating media in many forms ever since. Last fall, she curated an audio installation, The Body and Queer Listening, which featured eleven sound artists and premiered at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, North Carolina. Currently, she is a teaching artist and empire resister in Philadelphia. Mendal spent 2017–2018 teaching a variety of media classes at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and is happy to return to Durham.

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

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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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