Category: Documentary

Smile Because it Happened

This documentary is the result of ethnographic research conducted by cultural anthropology professor Michael Wesch and his students. In this case, students used digital tools to convey results of on-ground ethnography in a retirement home. The class sought–and found–community inside Meadowlark Hills and then used video to convey their findings: what life is like for residents when creating community is intentional. Wesch says about the project, “Students had to face their own fears of death, they had to grieve for those they lost, and they had to overcome their insecurities to reach across a generational divide that was both wider and narrower than they had imagined.”

Citation:

Wesch, M. [Michael Wesch]. (2013, June 14). Smile Because it Happened. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/68388753.

Second Skin

The documentary Second Skin lets players of various role-playing games (RPGs) tell their stories in their own words. While the director presents plenty of evidence–both anecdotal and qualitative–to demonstrate that gamers come from a wide range of backgrounds, most of the story Second Skin tells does come from “stereotypical” gamers. Included are couples who met while playing online and a discussion of addiction among gamers. Anyone interested in online gaming will likely find this film interesting, but it won’t shed light on what a viewer likely already knows.

Watch:

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/second_skin

Citation:

Pineiro Escoriaza, J. (Director). (2009). Second Skin [Motion picture]. USA: Pure West Films.