A group of Visual and Media Arts students and faculty attended the Camden (Maine) International Film Festival (CIFF) last month, to watch documentaries, meet filmmakers, and talk shop with other creators.
The trip marked the first time an Emerson contingent has gone to an in-person festival since the pandemic began in March 2020.
This year, VMA Professor Kathryn Ramey participated as an LEF/CIFF Fellow with her film El Signo Vacio, a feature-length “cinematic essay” that examines the U.S. occupation of Puerto Rico and how American democratic narratives obscure the country’s colonial power in the region.
Media Arts Production major Lucy Ma ’23 called the experience “eye-opening.”
“It is definitely a unique experience … when you can share your thoughts to the documentarians in person, ask them questions, and learn from them,” Ma said in the VMA newsletter.
CIFF and the annual Points North Documentary Forum was created in 2005 by alum Ben Fowlie ’03. Taking place in venues across Midcoast Maine, the festival is one of the premiere nonfiction film events in the country.
“CIFF is much more than a film festival, this trip is much more than a school trip, it’s a … platform tht encourages people to exchange their perspectives, feelings, thoughts, and dreams,” Ma said.