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Mental health meets music in Selena Gomez documentary

Mental health meets music in Selena Gomez documentary

By Clara Faulkner, Correspondent
November 9, 2022

After much anticipation, Selena Gomez's documentary My Mind and Me premiered on AppleTV+ on Nov. 4. The documentary chronicles six years of Selena Gomez's life and presents the pop icon in an authentic...

‘Subject’ is a thoughtful meta-examination of the documentary genre

‘Subject’ is a thoughtful meta-examination of the documentary genre

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Editor
October 19, 2022

A documentary recently shown as part of the Bright Lights line up interrogates the ethics of the documentary genre itself.  Directed by Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall, “Subject” follows the...

‘Fly So Far reminds us to think about the injustices in foreign countries

‘Fly So Far’ reminds us to think about the injustices in foreign countries

By Samantha Deras, Correspondent
October 6, 2022

“We are guilty of the simple fact of being women.”  This quote makes up just one of the many emotional scenes in the 2021 documentary about El Salvador’s strict abortion laws.  Directed by...

Anna Feder at the Bright Lights Film Series in 2019.

Bright Lights Film Series kicks off with ‘On These Grounds,’ exposing over-policing in schools

By Dionna Santucci
October 14, 2021

Bright Lights Film kicked off its fall 2021 series on Wednesday, Sept. 22 with the documentary “On These Grounds.” The film was created by three alumni, Garret Zevgetis ‘05, Kevin Bright ‘76,...

Still from Sky Hopinkas “Maɬni–towards the ocean, towards the shore.”

‘Bright Lights Film Series’ hosts first in person event since pandemic

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
October 14, 2021

After 18 months of Zoom screenings and discussions, Emerson’s “Bright Lights Film Series” hosted its first in-person event since Mar. 12, 2020 on Oct. 8 with a screening of “Maɬni–towards the...

Anna Feder at the Bright Lights Film Series in 2019.

Bright Lights Film Series releases their fall 2021 program

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
September 21, 2021

The college’s Bright Lights Film Series announced their fall 2021 lineup on Sept. 7, featuring 12 documentary films that highlight social justice issues.  The series is curated by VMA Professor Anna...

Marina Starkey 15 creates documentary series about women and non-binary professionals experiences in the food industry.

Alum tackles male-dominated food industry in new documentary series

By Katiana Hoefle
April 10, 2020

After being assigned to watch Anthony Bourdain’s television shows for a class, Marina Starkey ‘15 began asking questions about how gender influences the food industry. “I noticed [Bourdain] has...

Rebecca Morgan Brusker 18 and Hillary Clinton / Courtesy of Kristen Blush

Alumna captures inspiration found in Hillary Clinton’s campaign

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor
September 20, 2018

When Hillary Clinton saw Rebecca Morgan Brubaker ‘18 at a book signing, Brubaker told Clinton her idea for a documentary about the 2016 election. Clinton grabbed Brubaker’s hands and asked how she...

Jacob Falberg (left), Will Wisnieski, Stefan Linhares, Tyler Mashkoori, and Nick Pucci (right) started EmDocs to combine journalism and film. Photo by Cassandra Martinez.

Emerson Documentaries to discover ‘Hidden Gems’

By Ian Sloan
April 17, 2018

When sophomore Jacob Falberg realized that no organization on campus focused on documentary filmmaking, he decided to start Emerson Documentaries. “If you check all of the crew call posters that are...

Andy Laubs documentary Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys won at the 2017 Miami Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Andy Laub.

Miami Film Festival winner documents life as it happens

By Ian Sloan
March 29, 2018

After hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011, Andy Laub ‘09 knew he wanted to show others the beauty that he saw in nature. He has created feature-film documentaries of countless trails, national parks,...

Kevin Bright, the former executive producer of the sitcom Friends will be on campus for the 25th anniversary of the show. / Beacon Archive

Kevin Bright ’76 premieres new production company

By Ian Sloan
February 22, 2018

After executive-producing Friends for ten years, Kevin Bright ‘76 is telling stories in a whole new way. Leaving Central Park and the sitcom world behind, Bright recently launched an LA-based documentary-production...

Casey Piscura is a documentary subject and a seedsman for Wild Mountain Seeds.
Courtesy of Tomas Zuccareno

Alumna’s documentary supports local food

By Ian Sloan
September 20, 2017

Bite into an apple from the closest grocery store and it has probably travelled hundreds of miles in the days since it was picked. Haley Thompson ‘04 believes food can be grown much closer to home. Last...

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