Faculty Research and Creative Activities

Faculty Research and Creative Activities

Faculty Research and Creative Activities

Creative Activities

Jennifer Machiorlatti

2009   Copyright and Creativity in the Digital Age (42:00, 
documentary)

Producer/Director, Camera, Online Editor.  Produced with Rebekah 
Farrugia.  Digital video that explores how artists in various media 
(visual, music, film) are affected by copyright law.  Interviews also 
include cultural historians, scholars, lawyers and policy experts. 
(status: filmmaker distribution, festival entries). 
www.copyrightculture.com

Juried screenings (film festival official selection)
2009 East Lansing Film Festival (Lake Michigan 
Film Competition) (East Lansing, MI March 2009)  AWARDED SECOND 
PLACE, Lake Michigan Film and Video Competition, Documentary category.

2008 Detroit/Windsor International Film 
Festival official selection (Detroit, MI June 2008)

2008 Dallas Video Festival official selection 
(Dallas, TX August 2008)

  Invited screenings
2008 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture 
Association Conference.  Invited Feature (solo) Screening at annual 
conference. (Albuquerque, 
NM, February 2008).

2008 University Film and Video Association 
Conference.  (Colorado Spring, CO, August 2008).  Reviewed by John 
Schmit, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University.

Copyright, Culture (remixed) Vol. 4: “Borrowing and Stealing for 
Art’s Sake” (2007, 3:00)

Producer, Editor, Camera.  Produced with Rebekah Farrugia. Vol. 4 
features artists who employ sampling or mash up aesthetics in their 
work, as well as commentary on freedom of expression in the digital 
age. www.copyrightculture.com

Electronic Journal webcast

2007 Vagueterrain.net.  Quarterly electronic 
journal. [Invited contribution].

Copyright, Culture (remixed) Vol. 3 : Illegal Art (2006, 12:00)

Producer, Camera.  Produced with Rebekah Farrugia. Volume 3 explores 
factors of fair use and creative expression.  Focuses on the “Illegal 
Art” exhibit, curated by Carrie Mclaren, founder of StayFree Magazine 
and scholarly interpretation of fair use. www.copyrightculture.com

Distribution
2007 Media Education Foundation DVD: Freedom 
of Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual 
Property. Produced by Kembrew McLeod. Short featured as “extra” on 
DVD project.  www.mediaed.org [national and international]

Film Festivals
2007 Can Indie Film Festival, May 2007

2007 Waterfront Film Festival, Michigan Lodge 
selection (2 screenings) [juried selection]

2007 Battlecreek (MI) Film Festival, [official 
selection]

2007 Dallas Video Festival, August 2007 
[juried selection]

Webcast or Broadcast

2006 – 2008 Non-exclusive webcast contract for Docupyxx, a 
new online documentary channel.  Competitively selected for web 
distribution/exhibition.[www.docupyx.com]

Invited Screenings

2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts 
and Humanities, Waikiki, HI

2006 University Film and Video Association 
Conference, Chapman University, Orange, CA. Reviewed by Carolina 
Loyola-Garcias, Robert Morris University

Copyright, Culture (remixed) Vol. 2: Outsider Outside/Her (2006, 2:00)

Producer, Camera, Writer.  Produced with Rebekah Farrugia. Volume 2 
illustrates the practice of fair use in an interpretive documentary 
short about one woman’s travels abroad and the influence of 
television on her U.S. identity.  Submitted to the “Fair Use & Free 
Speech” competition, sponsored by the Documentary working group of 
University Film and Video Association and Center for Social Media. 
www.copyrightculture.com

Film Festivals

2007 Can Indie Film Festival, May 2007

Copyright, Culture (remixed) Vol. I: Other People’s Art  (2006)

Producer, Camera.  Produced with Rebekah Farrugia.

Volume I is the first in a series of shorts that examine copyright 
law, fair use, art and expression in culture. This volume focused on 
visual artists.  www.copyrightculture.com

Distribution
2007 Media Education Foundation DVD: Freedom of 
Expression: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual 
Property. Produced by Kembrew McLeod. Short featured as “extra” on 
DVD project.  www.mediaed.org [national and international]

Outsider Outside/Her (2005)

Project Creator, Executive Producer, Editor, Writer  (Associate 
Producer Rebekah Farrugia).

An interpretive-evocumentary, in installation and DVD formats. This 
installation explores the emotional, intellectual and physical 
effects of traveling outside of the United States for an extended 
period. Its primary commentary is communicated through the mother-
daughter relationship and the real letters they exchanged over five 
months.  Addressed are experiences of self/identity, mainstream media 
saturation, cultural liminality, patriotism/ isolationism, and 
multicultural immersion.

Public Exhibitions
2005 Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL. 
(August 1-24)  Submitted and selected for “Photon Flow” a curated 
gallery exhibition.  Premiered at the University Film and Video 
Association Conference (Chicago, IL, August, 2005).  Curator: Jeff 
Warmouth.

Reviewed by Annette Barbier, Media Artist and Professor, Columbia 
College.

Wise Women Wisdom Multimedia Installation Project (1994 – 2008)

Project Creator, Producer, Curator, Director, Writer and Camera for 
three video documentaries, a multimedia installation (includes 
contributions from five invited artists), DVD and website.

This comprehensive project explores the identities of women and girls 
through the life cycle. Founded www.wisewomenmedia.com to showcase 
and distribute the project and other works by women media producers.

Public Exhibitions (juried or invited)
The full multimedia installation was exhibited at the following 
venues, conferences or gatherings.

2008 Feminist Working Group guest lecture, 
Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University. [invited, DVD 
only]

2004 Art for the Earth's Sake - "Spirit 
Matters: Wisdom Traditions and the Great

Work" a gathering hosted by the Ontario Institute For Studies in 
Education (OISE), University of Toronto, May 2004, Toronto, ON 
[Juried: Curator invitation of installation].

2004 International Digital Media Arts 
Association Conference iDEAS EXHIBITION, March 2004, Orlando, FL 
[juried DVD only]

2003 Mackenzie Hall Gallery, Windsor, ON.  
October 2-5. [Artist Produced Installation Exhibition]

 

COMMUNITY VIDEO PRODUCTION
2009-2010 Romance sans Parole (November 2009 – February, 2010)

Co-Director, Producer.   Co-production with Western Michigan 
University Department of Dance.  Pas de deux performance with video 
projection (two dance teams).  Performance – Kalamazoo, MI February 
2010.

2008–present Kalamazoo Media Youth Initiative (March 2008 
- present)

Senior Coordinating Producer/Educator for youth media literacy / 
production project w/ Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) students. 
Coordinated media education curriculum, scheduling, team 
coordination, HSIRB protocol, post-production editing, publicity and 
exhibition.  Project partners: Walker Institute for the Study of Race 
and Ethnic Relations, The City of Kalamazoo, Community Access Center 
of Kalamazoo. Douglass Community Association, Eastside Neighborhood 
Association, Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo.

Welcome to the Northside (documentary, 2009, 14:00)

A Different Promise: The Evolution of the Eastside (documentary, 
2009, 20:00)

Award: Michigan Association of Broadcasters, College Broadcasting 
Competition – first place talk show/non fiction category

Our Neighborhood, Our Education: Stories from the Southside 
(documentary, 2009, 21:00)

Award: Michigan Association of Broadcasters, College Broadcasting 
Competition – first place talk show/non fiction category

  Public/Conference Screenings
Clifford Media Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI  
(February 2009)

University Film and Video Association Conference, New Orleans, LA 
(August 2009)

Central States Communication Association, Cincinnati, OH (April 2010)

2008 For the Seventh Generation (10:00 Advocacy non-fiction)

Executive Producer, Faculty Advisor. Produced in Advanced Video 
production in partnership with the Detroit Metropolitan Bar 
Association Foundation.

Informational/promotional short about the Seventh Generation Project, 
which provides services to Wayne County, MI youth and families 
currently wards or monitored by the 3rd Circuit Court of Michigan 
(Family Division).

Feature Screening

2008, 2009, 2010 Park West Gallery, Southfield, MI.  
Played throughout fund-raiser  “In Seventh Heaven” sponsored by the 
DMBA Foundation, May 2008, April 2009.

Webcast on www.seventhgeneration.org

FOX Student News (2006)

Executive Producer of 30-minute student newscast for WXMI FOX 17, 
Grand Rapids, MI. Produced with Jan Kruse. Supervised 15 students in 
production. Submitted for ATAS Student Emmy consideration, January 2007.

Regional  Broadcast (Grand Rapids market)  July 9, 2006

Articles in refereed journals / invited articles

  Machiorlatti, Jennifer. “There’s No Place Like Home: Media Art and 
The Paradox of
Embodiment in the Work of Annette Barbier.” AfterImage: The Journal 
of Arts and Criticism.

34.3 (Fall 2006): 24-28. (Invited, editor review)

Machiorlatti, Jennifer.  “Revisiting Julie Dash’s Daughter’s of the 
Dust (1993): Feminist

Narrative and Diasporic Recollection.”  South Atlantic Review.  70.1 
(Winter 2005): 97-116.

Chapters in books
Machiorlatti, Jennifer.  “’Children, welcome to your past’ Native and 
First Nation Film and Video

as the Enunciation of Interdependence.”  Ethnic Media in America: 
Book 1, Building a System of Their Own.  Eds. Alice Tait and Guy 
Meiss.  (2005). Kendall/Hunt: 128-151.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  HONORS / AWARDSAlso see Press Appearances and Grants
2008 Emerging Scholar Award, university 
awarded to two scholars for impact on the state of scholarship or 
advancement of knowledge in the discipline, impact beyond the 
discipline or on the general public, evidence of international 
professional recognition, evidence of outstanding promise to achieve 
renown in continuing work.

2008 Top 3 paper – Cultural Studies 
Association, Visual Cultural Division.  “Feminist Art Area 
“Feminism’s Red Road: Activist, Archival and Anarchy Aesthetics in 
Indigenous Women’s Cinema and Video Art.”, New York, May 2008.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: RESEARCH

2010 “Youth Media Programs: Media Literacy and 
Self Representation.” Central States Communication Association, 
Cincinnati, OH, April 2010.

2009 “Youth Media Programs: Media Literacy, 
Training and Self Determination.”  University Film and Video 
Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, August 2009.

2009“A Story about Storytellers: Working 
with Indigenous Women and Film andVideo.” Presented at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture 
Association

Conference, Albuquerque, NM, Feb 2009

2008 “Ecocinema Aesthetics in Native and First 
Nations Filmmaking.”  University Film and Video Association 
Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, August 2008.

2008 “Feminism’s Red Road: Activist, Archival 
and Anarchy Aesthetics in Indigenous Women’s Cinema and Video Art.”  
Cultural Studies Association, Visual Cultural Division (Top 3 Paper - 
Feminist Art Area), New York, May 2008.

2008 “Subverting the Popular, Reclaiming 
Identity and Building Bridges:

Emerging Native and First Nations Women’s 
Film and Video.”  Southwest                                     
Popular Culture Association, Indigenous Cinema Division, 
Albuquerque, NM, 
February 2008.

2007 “Ecocinema, Ecojustice and Native 
Worldview.”  Indigenous Film and Media in International Context.  
Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, May 2007.

2007 “Copyright, Culture (remixed) Vol 3: 
Illegal Art” screening and discussion of the Best Practices for 
Documentary Filmmakers (a fair use document).  Hawaii International 
Arts and Humanities conference, Honolulu, HI, January 2007.

2007 “Ecocinema, Ecojustice: Native and First 
Nations Film and Video as Cultural Recovery.” Hawaii International 
Arts and Humanities conference, Honolulu, HI, January 2007.

2006 Chair: “Teach Your Children Well:  
Communication and the Continuing Crossroads of Social Justice 
Scholarship and Critical/Cultural Studies” Central States 
Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN.  Panel participants 
included graduate students from WMU Media Theory course.

2005 “Recovering From the Wound of Race-Based 
Genocide: Native and First Nation Media as Social Activism and 
Cultural Recovery.”  Clarence, Condoleessa and Colin: Dismantling the 
House that Race Built Conference / Race Matters in the Media panel.  
Western Michigan University, February, 2005.

2005 “Ecocinema and the Aboriginal Aesthetic”  
Society for Cinema and Media Studies.  London, United Kingdom, March 
2005.

2005 “Narratives of Border Crossing: Native 
and First Nation Ecocinema, Literature and Cultural Continuity.”  
Film and Literature Conference.  Florida State University, January, 
2005.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: SCREENINGS

2009 “Kalamazoo Youth Media Initiative.” 
University Film and Video Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, 
August 2009.

2008 “Copyright and Culture in the Digital 
Age”  University Film and Video Association Conference, Colorado 
Springs, CO, August 2008.

2008 “Copyright and Culture in the Digital 
Age”  Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, 
February 2008.  Invited solo/featured screening.

2007 “Copyright, Culture (remixed) Vol. 3 
Illegal Art”  Hawaii International Arts and Humanities Conference, 
Honolulu, HI, January 2007.

2006 “Copyright, Culture (remixed) Vol. 3 
Illegal Art” University Film and Video Association Conference, 
Chapman University, Orange, CA

2005 “Outsider Outside/Her” a multimedia 
installation (w/Rebekah Farrugia).  University Film and Video 
Association Conference, new media section, Columbia College of 
Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2004 “Wise Woman Wisdom DVD” University Film 
and Video Association Conference, New Media section, University of 
Toledo, Toledo, OH.

 

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