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Spring 2012

Students Showcase Their Films at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville  

Students from Dr. Jillan Smith‘s Documentary Workshop class worked throughout the fall semester to create seven short films that were screened Dec. 7, 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville during the monthly First Wednesday Art Walk.

 

AfterImage Documentary, Dr. Smith‘s production "company," presented the three-to-ten minute documentary shorts to a maximum capacity audience in MOCA‘s auditorium. The event proved to be highly anticipated as many audience hopefuls were turned away at start time.

 

The ten mini-docs were all part of the Working series of documentaries. On the Job, the title of the show, was designed to begin an archive of the working people of Jacksonville—to paraphrase Studs Terkel, to ask simply "what people do all day and how they feel about what they do."

 

All ten documentaries captured the essence of living and working in North Florida. Garagin’, by Tori Rand and James Effinger, captured bargain hunters who go from garage to garage looking for discounted treasure. Coffee Shop, by Misty Fuller and Jonny Ferrentino, chronicled the camaraderie of regular customers at Five Points Coffee and Spice as the local business faced its closure in November. A former boxer, now boxing trainer; a drag queen; a radio host for The Bargain Channel; the protesters of the Occupy Jax movement; a French restaurateur and motorcycle racer; a homeless musician; and a downtown bicycle gang all offered themselves as subjects for the documentary portraits. Nature in Progress, by Stacey Longhofer, followed local artist Jim Draper as he looks for inspiration in nature and works on a new painting in his Riverside studio.

 

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AfterImage Documentary is a primarily self-sustaining program. To donate or for more information, please contact Program Director Dr. Jillian Smith at  jlsmith@unf.edu.                                           

 

Watch past AfterImage Documentary films @ http://vimeo.com/afterimagedocumentary/.