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The Filmmaker’s Voice in Changing Media Landscape
Join us for an engaging conversation with award-winning filmmakers and professors in the Social Documentation MFA program Jacqueline Olive and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, whose most recent feature documentaries are Always in Season and For the Love of Rutland.

Award-winning filmmakers Jacqueline Olive and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor make documentary feature films and shorts about a range of contemporary social issues, often through the points of view of people in communities that have often been overlooked or misrepresented, but whose lives, stories, and struggles are vital to more deeply and accurately understanding the world.

This conversation will focus on the documentary filmmaking process in today’s shifting media landscape, strategies for working with nuance and in deep relationship with the people and communities featured in their films, and ways in which they bring their practice and values to the classroom and UCSC community.

Apr 21, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Jacqueline Olive
Jacqueline Olive is an independent filmmaker and immersive media producer with more than fifteen years of experience in journalism and film. Her debut feature documentary, Always in Season, which was premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, examines the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans. This film was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency, and has received numerous festival jury awards and other honors that include winner of the 2020 SIMA Documentary Jury Prize For Ethos, nominations for Best Writing from IDA Documentary Awards 2019 and the Spotlight Award from Cinema Eye Honors 2019. She earned a master's degree from the University of Florida, Documentary Institute.
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Social Documentation MFA Program at UC Santa Cruz. Taylor received a Bachelor’s degree from the New College of California, and a Master’s degree in Specialized Journalism from the University of Southern California. Taylor’s research interests include long-form and short form filmmaking for emerging platforms, collaborative production practices, and the intersection of point-of-view storytelling and journalism. She has over two decades of experience as an award-winning filmmaker of feature and short documentary films, exploring diverse topics such as gentrification battles, Latin American Dirty Wars, Puerto Rican American Muslim hip-hop culture, families coping with mass incarceration and currently, rural and small-town life in an era of refugee crises, the opioid epidemic, and “white rage.”
Madhavi Murty
Madhavi Murty is an Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her research and teaching interests center on popular media, nationalism, globalization, feminism, postcolonial theory, cultural theory, and modalities of difference such as race, caste, and gender. She received a PhD in Communication from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. Murty is currently working on a book manuscript focusing on the intertwined projects of Hindu nationalism and neoliberalism in India and their narration in popular culture. Previously, Murty was a lecturer at Yale University’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies department and the South Asia Studies Council. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as SIGNS – Journal of Women in Culture and Society, thirdspace – Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture, and Popular Communication.