Collaborative Ethnographic Film: A Workshop Case Study
The development of ethnographic film is inexplicably interrelated with the history of cinematography itself, and holds a special relation to documentary film. Anthropologist and filmmaker-centric models have long dominated ethnography and have remained a focal point for most major theories within visual anthropology, while collaboration has often been relegated to the fringes of ethnographic work. Furthermore, within the limited collaborative approaches that have surfaced there has been scant discussion or critical analysis of the workshops and training sessions that are designed to prepare cultural constituents working with anthropologists in the practices of visual ethnography and film. In this article I examine the development and direction of ethnographic film within anthropology, with an emphasis on collaboration and workshops. By highlighting the Stonewall Mountain and Flat Ethnographic Film project led by Dr. Jeremy Spoon and Elder Richard Arnold as a case study, I present argument for the need to develop a rigorous collaborative methodology within visual anthropology.
Faculty Mentor: Jeremy Spoon