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Visualizing St. Petersburg: Russian Student Documentary Film Festival (29 Nov 2011)

Caitlin Oakley ‘12 and Monika Bernotas ‘12 interview Sergei Kovalsky about his art and the contemporary art center «Pushkinskaya-10» in St. Petersburg, Russia (Photo by Jes Therkelsen)

The Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program is delighted to present Russian Studies students’ documentary films. The films comprise a media component of students’ research projects, which they have conducted this summer in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In spring 2011, students took a one-credit preparatory course to learn various methodological approaches to conducting research, choose their summer sites for individual research projects and become familiar with media-production techniques and equipment. Teaching continued during the six-week summer session in St. Petersburg, where the students carried out their field research. In a final one-credit fall course, the students have used written, audio, and visual media to produce cohesive narratives of the urban environments they studied in St. Petersburg.

Films to be shown:

“Raisa Goes to the Movies” (Ashby Gaines)

“collective apARTment: the Pushkinskaya-10 Legacy of Unofficial Art” (Monika Bernotas)

“Tourism: The New Kid on the Prospekt” (Megan Doneski)

“The Three Dreams of Aurora Battleship” (John French, Sasha Prokhorov, Jes Therkelsen)

“The Marine Facade: Underneath Piter’s New Face” (Sophie Kosar)

“Negotiating the Meaning of Smolensky Cemetery” (William Lahue)

“The Power of Height: Gazprom’s Monument” (Alex McGrath)

“A Different View of Peter” (Caitlini Oakley)

“Visualizing St. Petersburg” (Jes Therkelsen)