Course Description

Faculty:  Anne de Marcken | demarcka@evergreen.edu

8 Credits  |  Second Session  |  Tues & Thur 10am-4:30pm, Wed 1:30-4:30pm


Today, media consumers are producers. “Broadcast Yourself” is the anthem of our age. And, it’s a global compulsion. The stuff of media is everywhere—a digital storm that won’t let up of cat videos, dog videos, porn, international cricket matches, performance videos, corporate promos, activist videos, do-it-yourself videos, breaking news videos, fan videos, you-name-it videos along with live streams of fashion shows, game shows, sporting events, chats with experts, and anything else imaginably televisable.

Ubiquitous. Witness—on city streets, in corner cafés, on buses, in bedrooms, classrooms, and courtrooms—media ease and media comfort. But that is not the same as media literacy. And media literacy is not the same as media competency.  The Video Essay aims to advance both media literacy and media competency to media art—through lectures, screenings, readings, writing, and making and critiquing nonfiction media art.

Our Work in the Program

The Video Essay explores the creative nonfiction media art of the writers, filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists who defy the digital status quo, who dare to confound the boundaries of literature and time-based art, and who risk making meaning and creating new awareness inside the “Broadcast Yourself” media sphere. These writers, filmmakers and artists test the essay itself—autobiographic, lyrical, contemplative, improvisational, poetic, performative, critical. They assay the essay. Through an inherently interdisciplinary process they push the essay to its next and best-yet incarnation: the video essay.

Emergent and experimental, the video essay is deeply rooted in literary and filmic history, theories, and practices. In The Video Essay we’ll study the most germane aspects of literary and film history and theories, and we’ll explore relevant elements of literary craft and filmmaking techniques. And, we’ll examine literary and film harbingers and exemplars of this aesthetic fusion.

Practice will be a significant part of this intensive program. Faculty will guide students though approaches to crafting video essays—giving progressive assignments in writing, scripting, audio recording and editing, image making, multimedia editing and publishing. We’ll privilege creative process as much as creative product. Finally, students will present works created in the program and participate in extensive peer-critique sessions.

Faculty:  Anne de Marcken | demarcka@evergreen.edu