SocDoc graduate documentary films to be screened June 13 at Del Mar Theater

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UC Santa Cruz will present the premiere of thesis films by three graduating students in the field of social documentation on Wednesday, June 13, at the Del Mar Theater in downtown Santa Cruz. The documentaries that will be screened are the culmination of an intense two years of immersion in the art of documentary media and craft, scholarly research and analysis, nonfiction storytelling and the politics of representation.One of the most innovative and progressive programs in the Arts Division, the Film and Digital Media Department’s masters program in Social Documentation is designed for future documentarians committed to social change and to documenting communities, cultures, issues, and individuals.“This is the first SocDoc class to be graduating with the M.F.A. degree,” noted film and digital media professor B. Ruby Rich. “Their investment in the craft and meaning of their work is clear, and we couldn’t be prouder of their ethical practice and commitment to telling stories that often go unheard.”“This year’s graduating class came to SocDoc in advance of the momentous presidential election and have tracked their subjects through the most fraught time in recent U.S. history,” Rich added. “Interestingly, though, their projects are classic: one immerses the audience in children’s imaginations through the work of an inventive artists; one examines the mythology and branding of a western town, Nevada City; and one meets agricultural workers at a key time in their lives, mediated by the efforts of a dedicated activist who remembers his own past in the fields.”The Del Mar screening begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The films include: Tailings By Cebe LoomisPerched on the highest eastern slope of Nevada’s Virginia Range sits Virginia City, a town of 855 inhabitants with a history that predates the discovery of the town’s Comstock Lode of 1859. …

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