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Film & Digital Media

Lauren Scarff of Georgetown and Allison Dean of UCSC interview a former detective in Timothy James Young’s case

The assignments in UC Santa Cruz Film Professor Sharon Daniel’s two-quarter undergrad course, FILM 171S-02, are not your typical film school fare.

For Film and Digital Media senior Marisol Medina-Cadena, witnessing the bridge construction on the National Mall was not only a spectacular engineering feat but also a great visual metaphor—linking the historical legacies of this Inka tradition to a contemporary context in the shadow of the U.S.

"I'm always happy when I'm researching something that has an impact or when I'm trying to figure out something that's going on and hunting for clues. My early work was focused mainly on feminist film. That gave way to focusing on "New Queer Cinema" and going further into LGBT peoples.

Melanie Ho

Melanie Ho is a queer Vietnamese American filmmaker and writer who currently works as the Graduate Student Coordinator at UC Santa Cruz’s Women’s Center. She’s in her second year, pursuing an MFA in the Social Documentation program (SocDoc).

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Film and Dgital Media

Assistant professor of film and digital media Jennifer Maytorena Taylor has received a fellowship for a summer residency at one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations.

Soraya Murray (Photo by Derek Conrad Murray)

In her new book, On Video Games: The Visual Politics of Race, Gender and Space, UC Santa Cruz professor Soraya Murray goes beyond the technical discussions of games and instead offers a deep dive into their cultural dimensions.

Peter Bratt (photo by Tommy Lau)

Tapped by iconic guitarist Carlos Santana to make a film about the life of legendary farmworker activist Dolores Huerta, Peter Bratt panicked.

Greg Neri

He didn’t always have his heart set on being a writer, but as he prepares to complete his 15th book for young people, UC Santa Cruz alumnus Greg Neri is getting used to what he refers to as his “third career”.

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