At Beyond the Front Porch 2012, 19 undergraduate students pursuing the documentary studies certificate will showcase their capstone presentations, which constitute a semester-long project required for the interdisciplinary program. The free exhibition, which will be on display at the Center of Documentary Studies (CDS) until the end of the summer, will present a variety of documentary works in film, photography, audio and writing.
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Charlie Thompson says that while the projects are thematically diverse, they are united in their interaction with an outside community.
“It’s art based on fieldwork,” said Thompson. “People have done interviews, gone out into the communities and [used] a variety of different methods to tell a story.”
For Kimi Goffe, a senior majoring in cultural anthropology, the story she chose to spotlight was one that she grew up with. Her project, titled Unforgettable, centers on her father and his relationship with music.
“It’s a project about my dad and his love of music and how music has increasingly become a great way to communicate,” Goffe said. “Basically it shows how it is a unifying factor for my whole family.”
Comprised of song clips, narration, and interviews with family members, Unforgettable exemplifies the creative engagement with community that the CDS program encourages and promotes.
Beyond the Front Porch 2012 will hold an opening reception for the exhibition on Sunday, April 29 from 3-6 pm, followed by a free barbecue.