Enjoy: Final Projects by Fall 2015 Certificate in Documentary Arts Grads

On Friday, December 11, 2015, six Continuing Education students at the Center for Documentary Studies presented their final projects to the public and received their Certificate in Documentary Arts. Randy Benson taught the Final Project Seminar in which four of the students honed their projects for the night’s presentation. Lindsey Phillips worked remotely with instructor Simone Keith on her project, and Lisa Morehouse submitted an audio piece from her ongoing series, California Foodways.

The projects are below. Some students have requested their videos not be made public here, pending submission to film festivals; those projects have a photograph in place of an embedded video.

Congratulations to the graduates!

Christopher D. Lusk | Self-Made | Video
Self-Made is a documentary short about New Bern, North Carolina, resident and metal artist Martin Kampitch. Through his self-developed, blue-collar style, he has created works of art that are found across the world.

Christopher D. Lusk is a filmmaker and native of Bluefield, West Virginia.
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Lisa Morehouse | The Forgotten Filipino Pioneers of the Delano Grape Strike | Audio
Fifty years ago, one of the most significant movements in modern-day labor history—the Farmworker Movement—began in California’s Central Valley. You’ve probably heard of the United Farm Workers and know the name Cesar Chavez, but before he became the embodiment of the strike and international boycott, a small group of Filipino farmworkers walked off the fields. Now people in the small town of Delano and across California are determined to share this rarely told history.

Lisa Morehouse is an award-winning public radio reporter whose work has taken her from Samoan traveling circuses to Mississippi Delta classrooms. Her work can be heard on various NPR shows, The World, The California Report, and KCRW’s Independent Producer Project. For her series California Foodways, Morehouse is reporting county by county, exploring the intersections of food, culture, economics, history, and labor. A veteran public high school teacher, she also works with at-risk youth in the Bay Area to develop radio diaries and features.
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Lindsey Phillips | The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium | Video
The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium explores Jefferson Variety, a family-owned fabric and craft store that is the epicenter of all things costuming in New Orleans. The store is a place of both raw goods and social congregation, where a diverse array of the New Orleans community can be found. The film follows characters as they buy materials, create their costumes, and prepare for the 2015 carnival season, giving a deeper look in the culture and significance of costuming/masquerading in New Orleans.

Lindsey Phillips is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in New Orleans. Her most recent work includes directing and editing Welcome to the Music Box: The Roving Village Orchestra, editing short documentary films for The New Yorker and Time Magazine, and serving as an editor for the online interactive documentary Land of Opportunity. Lindsey is also the director of Cinema Reset, an experimental film and new media initiative dedicated to the exhibition of new media works and installations in partnership with the New Orleans Film Festival. She received her bachelor’s degree in digital media production from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
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Jon Ricker | First Fight | Video
A glimpse into the life of Durham, North Carolina, native Charles Estep and his dream to become a professional cage fighter.

Aspiring filmmaker Jon Ricker lives in Durham. First Fight marks his second film after 1280, which he made as part of the 2014 Anytown, USA class that focused on Scotland Neck, North Carolina.
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Ryan Stone | The Muralist | Video
The Muralist is a short film that highlights the artistic process and talents of Michael Brown, an established artist in the Triangle region. The film starts in Brown’s studio, where he shares his interests as an artist, his early works, and the process of mural making, and then moves to the street to follow the progression of one of his murals. To learn more about Michael Brown, visit www.muralsbymichaelbrown.com.

Ryan Stone is an elementary educator in the Durham Public Schools. He began playing with a video camera at a young age and today enjoys creating short films that highlight the people and places in his life. “Mister Stone” makes fun and creative videos with his students each year and creates a sense of community to his classroom and school. He enjoys the creative process and likes to highlight the passions of others. To learn more about Ryan Stone, visit www.misterstone.net.
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Alan Young | Los Taxistas | Video
Los Taxistas rides along with four Mexican taxi drivers who reveal intimate, and often poignant, thoughts about their lives and profession.

Alan Young is a Chapel Hill–based entrepreneur and an aspiring writer. While doing research for a novel set in Mexico, he took many taxis and got to know drivers who welcomed him warmly and taught him about their country.

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