“Doc This!”: Episode Six (Season Finale)

As previously mentioned, two of my classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, have been producing a podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I’ve been the regular co-host with another classmate, Sara Wylie.

Episode Six, the “season finale,” is now live, and you should definitely check it out: in this “souvenir edition,” every member of my MFA cohort (including me) gets a turn at the mic talking about their thesis project. It’s all stunning work, made by lovely people.

I’m not sure what the fate of the podcast will be after this season — I’ll certainly keep you posted. If this is the end of my run with it, I’ll just say that it has been an honor, a pleasure, and a learning experience (in all the very best ways). My deepest gratitude to Sara, John, Kenny, and so-frequent-a-guest-co-host-that-he-might-as-well-have-been-a-regular-co-host Pearson Ripley.

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The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project is Live at CJOHP.org

CJOHP.org homepage.

The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project, my M.F.A. thesis project, is officially live online at CJOHP.org! Please have a look and give a listen.

The project will be ongoing, but debuts with an initial group of narrators that includes:

You can see each narrator’s portrait and listen to their interview by clicking on their name.

In addition, please do take a look at the interactive timeline (which I spent a lot of time on) and additional resources page, and follow the project on social media.

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I Am Interviewed on Episode Five of the “Doc This!” Podcast

As previously mentioned, two of my classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another classmate, Sara Wylie.

Episode Five is now live, and, oh, how the tables have turned: the guest is me! In it, I talk to Sara and guest co-host Pearson Ripley about my newly unveiled MFA thesis work (the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project), as well as oral history as a documentary art. I hope you’ll give it a listen…

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PRESS RELEASE: The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project Will Launch Its Website and a Digital Storytelling Exhibit at Ryerson University During the 2019 DocNow Festival

(Photo by Daniel Clarkson Fisher for the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daniel Clarkson Fisher (daniel.c.fisher@ryerson.ca)

The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project Will Launch Its Website and a Digital Storytelling Exhibit at Ryerson University During the 2019 DocNow Festival

TORONTO, May 23, 2019 – The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project, a new initiative that aims to record and preserve stories from the Chinese Jamaican community in Toronto, will launch an interactive website (CJOHP.org) and a digital storytelling exhibit in June. The project is one part of DocNow 2019, a documentary festival featuring innovative work from students in Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Media program.

An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, June 19th, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, at the Image Factory (IMA 324) in Ryerson’s School of Image Arts building (122 Bond Street). The public is invited to attend, and can RSVP at https://bit.ly/2YJgrDE. The exhibit will also run in the Image Factory until June 30th.

“This project began with the vision of the late, great Chinese Jamaican photographer Ray Chen,” says Daniel Clarkson Fisher, the MFA candidate behind the project. “In the fall of 2015, he tried to organize an oral history project with a group of interested parties from within the community, including my partner Stephanie Lyn. After Ray died, though, the project seemed to as well.” However, when Fisher was accepted into the Documentary Media program, he saw an opportunity to revive it. “Stephanie and I always had a lot of faith in Ray’s idea, and when I got into the MFA program I saw that it offered many of the things that were needed to make it a reality: time, equipment, supervision, etc. So I jumped at the chance to get things going. And I like to think Ray would see the work that’s been done as a very solid start toward his vision.”

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“Doc This!”: Episode Four

As previously mentioned, two of my classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a new podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another classmate, Sara Wylie.

Episode Four is now live. In it, guest co-host Pearson Ripley and I interview Sara about her extraordinary new documentary short The Garden Collective. Do check it out — you don’t want to miss this one.

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“Racist Violence Is a Family Thing in DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?”

I’m now a regular columnist for PopMatters. Here’s my first piece in this new role: a review of Travis Wilkerson’s latest essay film, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

Big thanks to my most excellent editor Karen Zarker, and my sister Anna for giving me feedback on an early draft.

You can read the whole thing here.

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The 6th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice

I’ve just received word that my proposal was accepted, and I’ll be presenting at the 6th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling!

The subject will be my M.F.A. thesis project: The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project (CJOHP.org). I’ll also discuss the major ethical challenge of representation in my research-creation. “As a white man who has married into the community, but is not of it, I am approaching this subject as an outsider,” I say in the proposal. “As such, I have had to devise strategies that reflect my affinity with [oral historian] Jan L. Peterson, who has said that ‘in terms of White researchers researching across differences, letting go of prior notions of who and what defines research; questioning choices that are made regarding research design and analysis; and interrogating White privilege, biases, and assumptions we bring to the process are all critical to transformational research that seeks to improve human conditions.'” [1]

I’ll present with other emerging scholars in Montreal on March 22nd. For more information about the symposium, visit this page on the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling’s official website.

  1. Jan L. Peterson, “The Intersection of Oral History and the Role of White Researchers in Cross-Cultural Contexts,” Educational Foundations 22, nos. 3-4: 50.
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My 2018 Nonfics End-of-the-Year Poll Submission

As a contributor to Nonfics, I participated in their year-end poll. The results are in, and you can check them out right here.

Individual ballots were also published this year, and you can see all of them (including mine) here.

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“Risky Business”

I’ve got a chapter about Laura Poitras’s excellent documentary Risk (2016) in Christian Cotton and Robert Arp’s new anthology WikiLeaking: The Ethics of Secrecy and Exposure. The publisher is Open Court Publishing, the imprint behind the well-known “Pop Culture and Philosophy” series.

Starting this week, the book is available everywhere. If you want to pick one up, though, I do hope you will buy it through IndieBound or by visiting your local independent bookstore.

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“ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH Leaves Little to the Terrified Imagination”

I’ve got a new review of Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nick de Pencier’s new documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch over at PopMatters. It’s the third film in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013).

You can read the whole thing here.

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