Passing the Baton Passing the Baton presents a multi-faceted view of a small organization that made a big impact on its community. The Milwaukee Striders Track Club was started to provide Milwaukee boys and girls an opportunity to build their track, academic and civic skills through participation in a community characterized by hard work and love. For over 30 years, the Striders ran on the dedication of its founder Joe Sims. In 2009 Joe Sims passed away, but not before handing the baton to a new era of coaches and volunteers. This film follows a new generation of Striders as they attempt to carry on the values and principles that helped Joe Sims turn the Striders into a premiere track club. Passing the Baton premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
2 pieces | Summer 2008 – Summer 2011
My Way Home is a feature length documentary film that chronicles a young Hmong – American woman’s journey to reconnect with her past. Born in the jungles of Laos but raised in the United States, twenty-two year old Hmong filmmaker Dao Chang wants to make films about her culture. The only problem is she doesn’t know much about it. Seeking information about the war that changed her family’s destiny and her mother who died in a refugee camp, Dao turns to her father, who protects her from the past. Desperate for answers, Dao travels to Laos in search of an aunt who stayed behind. What she finds is far from what she imagined.My Way Home has played on Wisconsin Public Television, the Milwaukee Film Festival, and the Wisconsin Film Festival where it won the Golden Badger Award.
1 piece | Fall 2008 – Winter 2009
Artist Documentaries are brief video portraits of instructors and students from the Peck School of the Arts. The project was originally designed as an exercise to help doc|UWM students get used to our equipment and to practice the art of documentary filmaking. The first series was produced in the Spring of 2008 and the results were quite successful. Now, many of doc|UWM’s larger projects start with teams of students honing their craft by documenting a sampling of the talented artists that populate the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the City of Milwaukee.
8 pieces | Spring 2009 & Spring 2009
The sequel to the previous year’s success, Poetry Everywhere 2 is poetry cinema bringing together artists – poets, animators, filmmakers – in an innovative effort to present great contemporary poetry to an ever-wider audience. Produced in association with the Poetry Foundation and created by students of doc|UWM and the UWM creative writing program, these animated poems join a growing collection of films in the Poetry Everywhere series. The project features a range of both well-known and emerging contemporary poets, and each film exhibits its own unique visual and literary aesthetic. Animators weave the complete text of the poems, voiced by poets and actors, through the films to explore the relationship between language and visual expression. The films currently air on poetryfoundation.org, pbs.org, iTunesU, YouTube, and elsewhere.
22 pieces | Spring 2009
A series of short videos designed to give first hand accounts of the effects of elder abuse and elder fraud. The people in these documentaries are the actual victims of elder abuse and neglect. Their stories are true. Their problems are real. Over the course of one semester doc|UWM students worked with victims, their family members, and workers who serve the elderly to create a series of short testimonies that help identify various forms of abuse and neglect.
5 pieces | Spring 2008- Summer 2008