I was punched in the gut. It hurt. I thought this would be the seminar session to bring all the theories and histories of documentary across analog and digital together with a big political and epistemological impact. But I should have summoned my semiotic training to...
Posts By Patricia R. Zimmermann
The Migrating Documentary Cinema of Yi Cui
Augmentation is not defined exclusively by emerging digital media forms, software, and interfaces. Instead, augmentation explores how to generate new processes about how to think through, with, and within place that spans the digital, the analog, and the embodied. Not...
Academic Austerity Survival Kit: 15 Ways to Make It Through
It’s bad, really bad, in higher education these days. Whether the pandemic is over or ongoing, its continuing impact has catapulted colleges and universities into a maelstrom of student disengagement, faculty quiet quitting, outright resignations, and draconian budget...
Struggles, Solutions, Solidarities: Julia Reichert (1946-2022)
Julia sat in the basement of the Student Union at the University of Iowa engulfed in a circle of women college students wearing flannel shirts, jeans, and work boots, drinking coffee to power them through a study night at the university library. It was 1976. I was a...
A Hole in the World: Brian Winston, 1941–2022
Brian electrified us with his commitment to the politics and ethics of documentary and journalism, his mission to rewire academia as a place to galvanize hearts and minds, his interrogation of everything written or filmed or said and his insistence that solidarities matter more than anything else.
Aria for Cindy and Lament for the Post-Roe United States
On Friday, June 24, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. This day also marks exactly four months of fighting in Ukraine. Both are wars, entangled and unsettled. These conjunctions offer a way to fashion a mosaic of connections, rather than...
Normal Does Not Exist
The concept of normality, favored by so many executives and administrators, is like a mantra attempting to stave off the grieving for the end of our lives as we lived them in 2019.
The COVID 10 Million
Around May 15, 2022, depending on whether you doomscroll the New York Times or the Center for Disease Control, the United States reached one million COVID deaths. Silences wrapped around COVID’s epic global story have been normalized.
Cannes, Zelenskyy, Social Media, and the Mise en Abyme of Independent Media
“Hundreds of people are dying today. Is cinema going to stay out of it?” demanded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Urgency of Participatory Small Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Dale Hudson and Patricia R. Zimmermann Patricia Zimmermann, Professor of Screen Studies and Co-director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), and Dale Hudson, Associate Professor of Screen Studies, New York University Abu Dhabi and new media...