For decades, community-based media has faced unique challenges for filmmakers and storytellers, especially in a rapidly changing media landscape. MHP’s executive director, Lance Kramer, had the opportunity to discuss some of these challenges, along with the benefits and impact of community-based filmmaking recently on George Mason University’s Studio A.
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Studio A: Lance Kramer from GMU-TV on Vimeo.
Studio A is a GMU-TV produced interview series hosted by Rick Davis, executive director of GMU’s Hylton Performing Arts Center. The show offers prospective filmmakers the chance to hear about different experiences in the film industry from a diverse pool of working professionals. As part of an experiential filmmaking course, GMU students help produce the show and get to ask questions about the filmmakers’ individual experience and the field they are about to enter. Lance was invited to participate on the show by professor Giovanna Chesler, director of Film + Video Studies at George Mason University.
In the interview, Lance shares his personal story of entering the field of documentary and discusses clips from MHP films The Donor, Voices from Within, and Shauna’s Hope. He reflects on what makes DC so ripe for nonfiction storytelling, the power of community participation in the storytelling process, and the rewards and challenges inherent in a world where media is all around us.