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Everything you’ve always wanted to ask ethnographic filmmaker but never had a chance to

A roundtable discussion

Authored by: Phillip Vannini , Peter Biella , Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier , Carlo Cubero , Lorenzo Ferrarini , Harjant Gill , Kathy Kasic , Molly Merryman , Mark Westmoreland , Christopher Wright

The Routledge International Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367185824
eBook ISBN: 9780429196997
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Few ethnographic filmmakers or practitioners of video-based methods are fortunate enough to find themselves surrounded by lots of like-minded colleagues, equally passionate as they are about technical issues surrounding the pre-production, production, and distribution of research-based video work. While it is possible to find occasional discussions of “behind-the-scenes” reflections in the pages of select journals, for the most part most of us work in silos from one another, unaware of how we carry out our work differently or, perhaps, in similar ways. In recognition of the fact that answers to practical issues are often impossible to find, I (Phillip Vannini) asked the contributors to this handbook a few questions that my students and I have always wanted to ask ethnographic filmmakers and that we never had the chance to ask.

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