Earth Week

What to do with Earth Week? That’s the question we’re asking – and I think it’s a good one. Without goals, what will success look like? Earth Week is an opportunity to capture the attention of individuals who might not necessarily consider the environment on a day to day basis. What would we want that […]

Global City Symphony

Influenced by the modernist and avant garde movements at the turn of the 20th Century, artists began to embrace a new form of expression – the documentary film – to capture the ultimate human achievement: the modern city. Films that emerged from this artistic style captured both individual cities (such as Walter Ruttman’s Berlin: Symphony […]

Bumble Bee Garden

Bernice Chu, a Monroe scholar, completed her research on school gardens. As a ENSP senior with an interest in local food and diet, Bernice As part of her project she produced a short documentary about Blayton Elementary School’s process of building a garden on school grounds and getting students involved. Bumble Bee Garden. A film […]

Visualizing St. Petersburg

Visualizing St. Petersburg: Documentary Filmmaking Abroad The documentary filmmaking process requires a tremendous amount of patience, discipline, creativity, and flexibility. You need to deal with people, but know how to troubleshoot technology; you must be organized, but open to spontaneity; you should be prepared for everything, but comfortable working in the unknown. For the eight […]

Greener & Gold: the Greening of a College Campus

On Thursday evening, in a small corner of Swem Library, an audience of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alum, and Williamsburg residents came together to watch Greener & Gold: the Greening of a College Campus, a documentary film made by four student filmmakers – Aaron Port, Pratyush Dubey, Nimah Rahman, and Bernice Chu – and filmmaker-in-residence Jes […]

Documenting Community Resource Management in Ecuador’s Threatened Forests

In November 2010, Stu Hamilton, Program Director of the GIS Lab, Professor Kris Lane in History and I got together to talk about our shared interest in Ecuador. Stu has spent years looking at the destruction of mangrove forests on the coast, Kris studies the gold-mining communities in the Highlands, and I spent time teaching […]

Ghosts of Ancient Campus

History permeates the buildings on the campus of William and Mary. This part of the country has fascinated many individuals with the ideas of ghosts and lost souls. As part of an Advanced Documentary Production class, 8 students explored this notion of ghost and spirits and produced a 12 minute documentary film. The film premiere […]


I’ve been on campus for a little over seven weeks. As the first filmmaker-in-residence at William and Mary, one of my priorities, apart from introducing myself to as many in the community as I can, had been assessing the need for a filmmaker. What do professors, students and administrators want? What might be potential collaborations in […]