The film session at EPIC explores the ways ethnographic practitioners have used moving images to interpret data, share insights, and tell the stories of their work. Filmmakers showcase these forays in visual storytelling by screening examples and discussing the limits and possibilities of the form. Films were selected through anonymous review.
Introduction, Charley Scull
Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security in Newark, RUCHIKA MUCHHALA, Third Kulture Media
The Learning Library: Using Ethnographic Film as an Organizational Change Tool by Scaling Human Insights across a National Preschool System, HAL PHILLIPS & MEG KINNEY, Bad Babysitter
Clyde in Mulberry, ALLEGRA OXBOROUGH, Aero Creative
Agency in the Smart Home of the Future, NICK AGAFONOFF, Real Ethnography
CHARLEY SCULL, Committee Chair and Film Session Curator
Considering the theme of agency through the lens of film offers many avenues for exploration, in terms of both the stories that film can feature and the power...
DONNA LANCLOS, Anodyne Anthropology LLC
AUTUMN SANDERS FOSTER, Founder, Quire Consulting
AMBER HAMPTON GREENE, Experience Research & Service Design, Cityblock Health
JORDAN KRAEMER, Research Associate, Implosion Labs, LLC
RUCHIKA MUCHHALA, Consultant/Filmmaker, Third Kulture Media
Ethnographers take pride in representing people’s voices with fidelity, empathy, and deep contextual understanding. But our work can end up reinforcing a distinction between people who “have experience” that we study for insights and people who “have expertise” to use, shape, and monetize that experience. We’ll tackle a range of core questions:
As organizations increasingly value representations of “user” or “customer” experience, what responsibilities come with this role? To what extent are we confronting the ways that the anthropologist on the project gets used to distancing people from their own expertise about their everyday lives? When we present our research and recommendations to clients...