student films made at home in the Spring of 2020
Normally, in this seminar, we study the way communities work by documenting the lives of Trentonians. This year, that changed. Instead, from the seclusion of their own homes, students set out to sustain community by sharing their own stories. Taken together, the films that have emerged these semester – in eight short weeks – suggest that our job as artists and media-makers in this pandemic is to acknowledge the wide range of experiences we’re facing, while also creating what commentator Ezra Klein has called “a collective understanding of we’re going through individually, together.”
You are cordially invited to watch the films ahead of time – they’ll be available as soon as they’re finished, May 19 -- and then join our online discussion with the filmmakers on May 20 at 5pm. Sharing these cinematic experiments with you will allow us to continue, albeit very differently, our project of community-engagement. Details and registration are here.
We are also sharing one project that fulfills the more urban studies-focused mission of The Trenton Project. Anna Hiltner chose to spend her Spring documenting the effect of the pandemic on the migrant community in Trenton and Mercer County. We welcome your comments and discussion on Facebook.