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22 student documentaries to screen at UBC exhibition April 30

April 28, 2014 - 4:12 PM

UBC Okanagan hosts its fifth annual student digital media exhibition, featuring 22 short documentary films made by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Digital Media and History: Filmmaking for Activists and Scholars. The exhibition takes place Wednesday, April 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Arts Building atrium, 1147 Research Rd. at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna.

Students chose their own projects based on their passions and fields of study. Included are documentaries on subjects including the local drag scene in Kelowna, the impact of globalization on labour in the global South, the rise of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses, migrant farmers’ rights, and the “return of the salmon” in local indigenous culture.

The student exhibition connects media industry professionals with UBC’s emerging digital media talents.

The event has a history of success, with students gaining valuable industry experience through the showcase of their work.

“At the first one of these, many of the students ended up with summer internships, as a result of showcasing their talent and finding just the right partnership with local filmmakers, researchers and media producers,” says course instructor Jessica Stites Mor, assistant professor of history.

Several students have gone on to create their own full-length documentary productions, host multi-media websites and blogs, or to integrate digital media into their careers in education and business.

“Our students are very lucky to have a tremendous amount of technical support and access to resources such as equipment and lab space,” says Stites Mor. “This is one of UBC’s real advantages in offering not only the foundational knowledge to produce media content but also the skills base to get the job done right.”

The course is offered by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, with support from UBC Okanagan’s Media Centre.

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