When Experimental Storytelling Provokes Social Inquiry
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, New School faculty from across the university are hosting a conversation: When Experimental Storytelling Provokes Social Inquiry. To join this influential talk, even if you aren’t in the mountains of Park City, UT, livestream from The New School website.
Professors are coming together at this iconic festival to explore forms of storytelling that have far-reaching impact beyond the screen. Together they’ll discuss how both creative end products and the act of creation itself can consciously address issues of social justice and inclusion. Faculty will share their practices and illustrative examples from their work, inviting attendees to consider the use of experimental techniques to conduct social inquiry, and probe how unconventional filmmaking can empower others.
Faculty panelists include:
- Melanie Crean, filmmaker and professor at Parsons School of Design, specializing in emerging media, narrative, social engagement, and visual culture. Her work explores the relationship between speech, space, and social structures of control.
- Erica Fae, filmmaker, actor, and theatre professor at our drama school within the College of Performing Arts, focuses on feminist issues and telling the stories of powerful, radical women. She workshops embodied movement practices and uses film to share the uncovered lives of women from history.
- Abou Farman, anthropologist and graduate professor at The New School for Social Research, also a filmmaker and specialist in sensory ethnographies. He recently produced Icaros, a film addressing social issues of community exploitation while working collaboratively with native cultures.
- Nitin Sawhney, filmmaker, digital storyteller, and graduate professor in the School of Media Studies. He focuses on participatory research and the filmmaking process. He created Flying Paper, a documentary film co-produced with Palestinian youth.
- Caveh Zahedi, filmmaker working with controversial and autobiographical modes of storytelling. He is currently producing The Show About the Show, a self-reflexive TV show about its own making, and is a professor of culture and media at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.