Sadashige: Writing Seminar Showcase

Student Videos from 2007 and 2008

Jacqui Sadashige's writing seminars have created video mashups as part of class assignments. Two examples of student work are included below.
The first video was created by four students from Race and Popular Cinema, a seminar in Critical Writing. Students viewed films from the silent era to recent releases. As a complement to their writing, they observed and analyzed the ways in which popular film has shaped, challenged, or even contradicted common beliefs about racial, ethnic, gendered, and sexualized identities. For their final project, students were asked to create a mashup that could ultimately be used as a teaching tool. In this example, "Racism in Disney," students pointed out how stereotypical misunderstandings about race can be communicated and naturalized through entertainment. The YouTube posting of this video has had over 1.5 million views and received over 10,600 comments. 
 

Disney and Racism 
by Diana Chang, Danyal Kothari, and Loris Toribio for ASAM 009 - Race and Popular Cinema
The second video was created as part of a final collaborative project for In the Zone, a seminar in Critical Writing. The course surveyed a number of pivotal sports films such as Leni Riefenstahl's controversial Olympia and Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. Students composed critical essays exploring the questions raised by these films and their relevance to contemporary culture. At the end of the semester, students were placed into random groups, asked to reflect on the course, and create "the ultimate sports film." While it is no surprise that the group could not agree on "the ultimate sport," what is surprising is their creative and clever use of that disagreement. The film ultimately reveals as much about "composition" (cinematic and writerly) as about sports.

Ultimate Sports Film 
by Benjamin Bell, Evan Dvorak, Pedro Her, Iryney Makarukha, Zachary Roseman and Brian Welch for CINE 009 - In the Zone