Diploma Program Director Elizabeth L. Miller, MFA
Professor, Communication Studies
As an independent documentary maker, trans-media artist, and professor who lived in Central and South America for over six years, I am committed to producing work that connects individuals across cultures. Over fifteen years of community media experience and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies, fuel my exploration of new media as art and as an educational tool.I am interested in new approaches to community collaborations and the documentary format and my work connects personal stories to larger social concerns. My new project, The Shore Line, is in interactive documentary looking at the tensions between unchecked development and climate change on coastal towns and cities around the world.
MFA, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BA, Social Thought & Political Economy, University of Massachusetts
Video advocacy, community media, gender and communication, electronic art, documentary, video art, youth media, Latin American film, food politics, water privatization, migration, refugees rights, web documentaries.
Coms 385 - Video Production
Coms 510 - Diploma Seminar
Research projects (Summer/Fall 2015)
The Shore Line
I have just finished production on an interactive documentary exploring the tensions of rising sea levels and unchecked development in coastal towns and cities around the world. Visit the site to explore 43 videos, interactive maps and more!
Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice
This fall our book and website will be available through UCB Press,
Going Public responds to the urgent need to expand current thinking on what it means to co-create and to actively involve the public in research activities. Drawing on conversations with over thirty practitioners across multiple cultures and disciplines, this book examines the ways in which oral historians, media producers, and theatre artists use art, stories, and participatory practices to engage creatively with their publics. The book offers insights into concerns related to voice, appropriation, privilege, and the ethics of participation.
En la casa, la cama y la calle, (At home, in bed and in the streets)
I finished En la casa in 2014 and the film has been screening around the world. The project profiles the feminist Nicaraguan group – Puntos de Encuentro (www.puntos.org.ni )and we recently launched our companion website.
Hands-on: women, climate, change
I produced/directed this collaborative documentary on women and climate change that premiered in 2014. The film profiles five women from four continents tacking climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. I developed the film in collaboration with directors from Kenya, India, Norway and Canada, all IAWRT (International Association of Women in Radio and Film) members.
All I Remember, 2013
This documentary follows Leontine, a young survivor of the Rwandan genocide, as she takes her story public for the first time.
Mapping Memories is a participatory media project involving DIY cartography and refugee youth in coordination with the various partners including the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Cote de Neige Youth Center, the YWCA which uses personal stories and a range of media tools (DIY cartography, video, sound walks, mapping, photography) to better understand the experiences of youth with refugee experience in Montreal. Our objective has been to produce creative work that will have an impact on policy, education, art and on the lives of the youth involved. We have produced a book in English and French, both of which are available for download as well as over twenty films and documentaries.
To launch the book, we organized a tour of 30 participating schools and universities.
The Water Front, 2007
A documentary film project that brings the controversial issue of water privatization to the larger public. The film has been screened around the world, won seven awards and been broadcast in Spain and the United States. The project involves a viewing and curriculum guide, a screening guide, an interactive website (powered by Drupal), an on-line streaming media channel with 8 short videos, a 20-minute educational version, a feature length documentary for festivals and broadcast, and a DVD with educational materials. In coordination with a national environmental organization, Food and Water Watch, the film toured around the Great Lakes from September 2008 to March 2009, and visited 30 cities. To build participation amongst youth, we launched an on-line audio remix competition of the theme song of the film, which was written by legendary blues singer, Joe L. Carter.
Novela, Novela, 2002
A 30-minute documentary about a group of Nicaraguan feminists who have fused human rights with popular culture to create Nicaragua’s most popular tele-novela (soap opera). Novela,Novela examines how this ground-breaking series made it to broadcast, and how the creators, writers, actors and viewers grappled with controversial themes like domestic violence and homophobia. The project has won five awards including: Women’s Rights Award,
Media That Matters Festival, 2004
Honorary Mention, International Association of Women in Radio and TV, 2004
Latin American Studies Association Award of Merit in Film, 2004
Freedom Award, Outfest
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 2003
Memories Under Construction, 2000
A nation wide project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation — Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium. I produced nine short video portraits, Parkville Portraits that were screened before feature films in the Real Art Ways Cinema. Portraits were also projected on buildings throughout the community and featured on a website. The project was featured on NPR. Moles, 1999 A personal web narrative using body moles as a navigational device. This early web documentary won three awards:
First Place, THAW 00, Fifth Annual Festival of Video, Film, and Digital Media of the Institute for Cinema and Culture, 2000
Co-winner of Art and Science, Collaboration, Inc. Digital 99 Competition.
2nd Place, McKinney Writing contest
Just Here, 1999
Four youth, ages 14-17 from the Taylor Housing Projects were hired to produce a personal story about living in a housing project. Their stories were cut into a 23-minute documentary. The project was broadcast on Free Speech TV and won the Golden Apple Award, (National Educational Media Network, 1999).