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We are so fortunate, here in Boston, to have the resources of the MIT Open Doc Lab in our backyard. Last night I attended “The People Formerly Known As the Subject,” a presentation by the amazing Katrina Cizek and Gerry Flahive – the minds and motivation behind HIGHRISE.

This past weekend was the 2012 Camden International Film Festival in Camden, ME, and the staff of LEF New England turned out in its entirety. LEF’s Executive Director Lyda and Program Director Sara were industry delegates for the Points North Forum, and I was there to screen my short documentary Gold Party. It's a big deal to have this high-quality, all-documentary festival in the New England region that brings in really great international and national films to screen alongside Maine- and New-England focused stories.

On September 19, I went to a salon-style event organized by the MIT Open Doc Lab where author and film scholar Scott Macdonald talked about his new book The Cambridge Turn. The book looks at the development of a tradition of documentary filmmaking in the 1960s and 70s right here in Cambridge, MA, exemplified by the work of filmmakers like John Marshall and Ed Pincus.  I’m looking forward to reading the full book when it’s published, since the films he's studying really resonate with me. As well as the connections between these films Prof. MacDonald is looking at the intellectual context behind them; he pointed out a potential link between the categories of filmmaking that flourished in Cambridge, which he defined as Personal and Ethnographic (in a way “different sides of the same coin” since they’re both rooted in the filmmaker’s direct experience), and the development of experience-based Pragmatism philosophy in Cambridge.

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