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Videography Fellow: Amanda Matles

IMG_1745Matles Amanda Matles is a third year doctoral student in the Earth and Environmental Science Department, Geography specialization at the CUNY Graduate Center. As a central component to her research practice, Amanda uses video based methods to develop research about the everyday intersections of law and social control, and to document the complex makings of human geographies. She recently worked with the Paper Tiger Video Collective producing a feature length documentary called Rerooting the Motor City : Notes on a City in Transformation in 2013. Highlighting the voices of veteran labor activists, local historians, rappers, and urban gardeners, Rerooting explores the potential for radical social and ecological regeneration in post industrial urban geographies. The film has been shown in numerous cities across the US and Europe since its debut. Amanda’s ten years of video work ranges from a feature length documentary and video essays to experimental multi channel projections. Her work has been exhibited in New York, London, Washington DC, New Brunswick, Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Amanda earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2004 and was a 2010 fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, NY. She is currently at work on a participatory video research project with youth researchers in Bushwick, Brooklyn called Being Policed. Together they are producing a series of video shorts visualizing statistical data and archiving interviews with youth about Stop and Frisk policing and aspects of harsh Zero Tolerance policies in schools. Amanda is committed to making compelling research contributions to public discourses through engagement with social movements for economic and social justice in her writing, teaching, and visual research.

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Videography Fellow: Stephanie M. Anderson

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Stephanie M. Anderson is a doctoral candidate in the Social Personality Psychology Program. She earned her Master’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the Graduate Center and Bachelor’s degrees in Religion and Psychology from Kalamazoo College. Within her academic pursuits, Stephanie has been interested in using film throughout the research process and in particular as a means to engage in public discourse. She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies at The New School and her final documentary short, Purple Shoelaces, premiered at the HBO Theatre in May, 2012. The film is a portrait of the Women’s Division of the New York City Gay Basketball League and explores experiences of gender, sexuality, and camaraderie on and off the court. The film has screened at academic conferences internationally. She is currently working on expanding the film and plans to release final short in Spring, 2014. Stephanie’s dissertation research examines the role of gender (non)conformity in experiences of antigay discrimination against sexual-minorities.

 

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