Tracie Williams’ Fellowship

By Tracie Williams

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Sponsor Tracie Williams’ involvement in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.

First and foremost, thank you kindly for visiting my campaign page!

I have recently been accepted as a Fellow, one of 12 carefully selected artists from around the world, to participate in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio 2016 and I am seeking support to assist with the $4800 program fee.

The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio is 10-month experimental documentary film program where Fellows are introduced to a single unified theme and asked to propose, develop and produce – with one or two other Fellows – short pieces in response to that theme. The result is a unique collaborative project from several perspectives, in varying mediums, with multiple storylines. The finalized projects will then pursue distribution in museums, festivals and DIY public spaces

With the understanding that our ideas evolve and develop with input from others and that knowledge is gained from a diversity of opinions, I’m interested in the power of collaboration in the elevation of those ideas. The UnionDocs Fellowship offers an opportunity to become involved with an organization whose projects align with my personal and artistic values of community engagement, collaboration and innovation of the documentary form. With your help, I can take full advantage of what the Collaborative Studio has to offer, expand on my exploration of the documentary form and produce some amazing work with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

Thank you again for taking time to review my project! Your love and support is truly appreciated!

Cheers,

Tracie x

The Rewards:

To support the program fees I am selling prints from my website, tumblr & Instagram archives,  a sneak peak zine into my current project “Looking for Answers in the Desert” and a handwritten postcard (with an image of mine of course) sent from my home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. If you are a keen to add co-producer to your street cred, that’s an option too!

And of course.. much love and respect from a grateful artist. x

P.S. – All US contributions are tax deductible!


Work Samples:

“Every. Eight. Minutes. ” – Laos | 2007 – 2011

Unknown to most, Laos is the most heavily bombed country in the world per capita, in history. Approximately 2 million tons of ordnance landed on Laos’ soil. A bombing mission was carried out – on average – every 8 minutes for 9 years. More bombs were dropped on Laos between 1964 and 1973 than in all of WWII. These images are a small sample from a long term photographic project where I documented the impact of the CIA led Secret War waged on this small nation. Despite the war ending over 30 years ago, the unexploded bombs that litter the landscape still continue to kill and maim approximately 300 people annually.

“The Night the Raid Came” –  New York, NY | November 15, 2011

These images were made the night the encampment of the Occupy Wall Street movement, located in Lower Manhattan, was raided. This is part of a more expansive project, “Love and Rage”, which chronicles this unique period of US history; from protests and civil disobedience to the more personal moments, conversations, and camaraderie that erupted in communities across the country. Living an activist, transient life I emotionally, physically, and financially invested a solid year documenting the Occupy Wall Street movement daily, leading up to the one-year anniversary on September 17, 2012.

 

“Attack Warning” Short Film. Running time, 2:35 Brooklyn, NY | 2014

This was my first attempt at bridging the two creative worlds I found myself in: documentary and fine art. The inspiration was drawn from my experiences photographing the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as a direct response to a court case that was taking place at the time involving a female protester who was charged with assaulting a male officer. Her claim: self defence. She testified in court that while attempting to clear an area of protesters, the male police officer lifted her from behind and in doing so grabbed her right breast. As a knee-jerk reaction, she inadvertently elbowed him in the eye. I began to think about the intimacy of protest situations, the expectations and roles played by both protesters and police, the hierarchy of power, and the fine line between violence and sex and pleasure and pain. When creating this piece I worked with footage from my archives, appropriated imagery from the internet, and backed it with “Two Hearts in ¾ Time”, a track by the infallible masters of sound collage – The Avalanches.

 


About CoLab:

The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a 10 month program for a select group of media artists from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists.

In a recent article in The New York Times, film scholar Scott MacDonald, remarked, “UnionDocs has a healthy sense that the older definitions of what constitutes ‘experimental’ cinema and what constitutes ‘documentary’ are up for grabs.” Similarly, the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio represents a new and alternative fellowship model, offering residency and visa support for six participants coming from abroad and an equal number of spots for local, non-resident participants. It is designed to be affordable and, although participants are asked to make CoLAB their primary creative focus, the schedule does accommodate full-time or freelance work. Rather than applying with a project proposal or rough cut, all participants are selected on the basis of previous work and enter the program at square one, open to discovery and fresh connections.

UnionDocs is not simply the host for this activity, it takes an active role producing the collection of short documentary works that comprise the collaborative project. The theme or focus for the year is chosen by the Artistic Director, and resources and research to support this direction are gathered. The CoLAB Director leads the group through an incremental process where new ideas and new partnerships form; each participant finding their own avenues of creative contribution. Regular readings and assignments for seminars stimulate creativity, open discussion and debate, and offer a common set of references for the group. Master classes with visiting artists provide encouragement, inspiration and exposure to a diverse set of conceptual perspectives and practical methods. As projects reach their final edit, unique plans for exhibition and distribution are formulated.

The Brooklyn Rail summed it up with the title of their feature article: “UnionDocs Brings Auteurs Together”. For some, participation in the program may lead to further study. For others, it may lead to independent projects or strengthened careers within the industry. For all, it is an unparalleled immersion in the expansive field of documentary art.

Learn more about the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio here

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    Handwritten personalized postcard sent from my home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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    "Looking for answers in the Desert" Zine - Sneak peak into a current long term project.

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    Handwitten postcard + "Looking for answers in the Desert" Zine

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    8" x 10" Signed, archival, fine art, inkjet print from my archives

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    11" x 14" Signed, archival, fine art, inkjet print from my archives

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    16” x 20” Signed, archival, fine art, inkjet print from my archives

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    Credits as co-producer of a UnionDocs project + 16" x 20" print + Desert Zine + Postcard

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