Month: September 2012


Applications are now being accepted for a brand-new TCF professional development course in Winter Interim session 2012-2013.

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Here is the email that went out to all TCF students:

*NEW* STUDY/TRAVEL COURSE OPPORTUNITY for students interested in film, television and & industry careers during the *NEW* Winter Interim session
3 credit course
Enrollment is limited: 10 students spots
Online Course Meetings from 10-11:30 am (CST) on 12/14, 12/19, 12/21, 12/27, 12/28

 Study/Travel in Los Angeles: January 1 – 7, 2013

Enrollment priority will be given to TCF majors, but applications from all CIS majors as well as creative UA students will be accepted. TCF 100 or MC101 is recommended, but can be waived for student passionate about a career in this field.

 COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is intended for professional development for TCF, CIS and creative UA majors, particularly those who intend to intern or work in a creative media industry in a large city like Los Angeles. In this course students will learn about film, television and media industries specifically, tour some of the top graduate film programs in the nation, visit working Hollywood studios, meet with industry professionals, and network TCF alums who now work in Los Angeles. This study/travel course aims to help you gain insight in media careers and the current state of media industries.

• Meet with industry professionals in film, television, and media fields (guest speakers will be booked after student interests & career aspirations have been surveyed)
• Visit Hollywood Studios including Fox, Warner, Sony, Universal and Paramount
• Visit working film sets and television show tapings (as scheduling permits)
• Tour camera & production houses, post facilities and lighting & grip houses
• Tour top-ranked MFA film programs based in Los Angeles
• Network with TCF and UA alumni
TO APPLY: Fill out and submit your application to Dr. Rachel Raimist, 430C Reese Phifer Hall or submit via email at rraimist[at]ua[dot]edu.
Additional course information and application is attached in pdf. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Rachel Raimist at rraimist[at]ua[dot]edu.

UA Student Scriptwriting Contest

The winning script will be produced by director Tom Cherones* on location in Tuscaloosa!#


  • All work must be original.
  • Script should be a short dramatic feature, 20-30 minutes in length.
  • No elaborate sets or locations; must be able to shoot the script in/around Tuscaloosa.
  • No car crashes, explosions, or special effects.
  • Scripts must be in proper format, neat and free of errors; should be bound by two brads only–top & bottom left margin.

Only one script will be selected; decision of the judges is final.

Submit two copies of your script to the TCF Office, with a submission form (c/o Marylou Cox): room 484 Phifer Hall.

Obtain a submission form from the TCF Office or click here to download it.

Deadline for Submissions is December 7, 2012!

*Director of Seinfeld, Newsradio, and many others.

#Student crew from TCF 442.

Tom Cherones’ Capstone Video Project 2013

TCF 442 Capstone Video Project 2013

Under the direction & guidance of Tom Cherones, director of Seinfeld and Newsradio, students will produce, shoot, and edit a 30 minute drama or comedy on location in Tuscaloosa.

Class enrollment is by invitation only. Students are invited to fill out an application and turn it in to Marylou Cox in the TCF office, room 484 Phifer Hall. Deadline for applications is October 26. Students will be notified on or around November 9.

Tentatively scheduled for 4 weeks in April (actual dates yet to be determined)

MTWR 5:00-9:00 pm, plus weekends


  • TCF 100
  • Two production classes
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher

Applications: TCF Office or click this link to download.

For more details contact TCF Chair, Dr. Glenda Cantrell-Williams.

Dr. Rachel Raimist Selected as Assistant Director of UA’s Creative Campus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Creative Campus at The University of Alabama is dedicated to building a collaborative environment where students can connect with each other, faculty, and their community in turning innovative ideas into action in the arts. In keeping with that mission and looking towards the future, Creative Campus has selected two Assistant Directors, Dr. Andrew Dewar and Dr. Rachel Raimist as well as added Program Coordinator, Michelle Bordner to our staff.

Creative Campus is an ever changing arts and student-centered organization that continually seeks new ways to partner with campus and community. The heart of the program continues to be our student internship program. Creative Campus is an idea machine, driven by intern motivation and has identified 38 UA undergraduates of various backgrounds to participate in the eighth Intern Class. Creative Campus looks forward to what the team<> will produce this year. For more information visit<>.


Rachel Raimist, Assistant Director. Born to a Puerto Rican mother and a Jewish father, and raised in upstate New York, Raimist began making videos at age 14. Since emerging as a powerful, insightful voice of hip-hop feminism with the award-winning documentary Nobody Knows My Name in 1999, she’s also established herself as a progressive force in the fields of academia. She is the co-editor of Home Girls Make Some Noise! Hip Hop Feminist Anthology and appears in Total Chaos: The Art & Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, The Vinyl Ain’t Final, and Hip Hop Matters. Her written and photographic work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and in popular magazines including The Source, URB, Complex, Remix, and The Amsterdam News.

She is the videographer and co-editor of the award-winning documentary Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, which often airs on VH1 to celebrate Hip Hop Week, shot the Chile and Argentina segments of Estilo Hip Hop (broadcast on public television), and continues to work with rap, poetry and R&B artists filming documentary, promotional and music video projects.

Currently she is an assistant professor, and head of the media production track, in the Department of Telecommunication and Film at the University of Alabama. She has taught feminist media making, film studies, women’s studies and digital storytelling at the University of Minnesota, women of color feminisms at Macalester College, digital media making and studies of Hip Hop Media at Carleton College, and video production at the University of California, Irvine, in addition to film production at IFP Center for Media Arts in Saint Paul, MN. She received her B.A. and M.F.A in Film Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television as well as earned a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies and a PhD in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies named a room in her honor, The Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center in 484 Ford Hall. (

Raimist is co-founder of B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop (, and co-curated the multi-media festival at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis for several years. She has also worked with youth using poetry, film, and hip-hop at Walker Arts Center and Hope Community Center in Minneapolis and inside public high school and a men’s prison facility in Minnesota.

This energetic and passionate single mother of two is often heard shouting, GET CRUNK! She’s a member of the Crunk Feminist Collective ( For this feminist filmmaker, community organizer, and teacher creativity is the very heart of her everything.

Andrew Raffo Dewar, Assistant Director is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in New College and the School of Music at the University of Alabama. He holds an interdisciplinary BA in Anthropology, Music and Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota, an MA in music composition and ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.

An active, critically-acclaimed soprano saxophonist and composer, Dewar regularly performs his work internationally. He studied with avant-garde jazz legends Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, and experimental music composer Alvin Lucier. He has also had a long involvement with Indonesian traditional and experimental music. Recordings are available on the Striking Mechanism, Porter Records, and Rastascan Records labels, and he also appears on several recordings by the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet and the Bill Dixon Orchestra.

He has received grants from Arts International, Meet The Composer, the Getty Foundation, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Chamber Music America to support his work, and has been accorded four ASCAPlus awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

Dr. Dewar’s research and teaching interests include experimentalism in the arts, intercultural music, jazz and improvisation, music and technology, 1960s intermedia arts and ethnographic fieldwork. He has been an invited speaker at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Victoria in Canada, California Institute of the Arts, and Aristotle University in Greece.

As an arts organizer, Dr. Dewar has been active since the mid 1990s, organizing concerts, artist residencies and festivals in New Orleans, Minneapolis, New York City, Wesleyan University, the San Francisco Bay Area, and since 2008, in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, most recently as artistic director and founder of the Sonic Frontiers concert series for adventurous music.
For more information, see Dewar’s (out of date, soon to be revamped) website:<>

Michelle M. Bordner, Program Coordinator comes to Creative Campus after serving as the Director of Artist Relations with Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a member of the Major University Presenters consortium. Her work at UNC included programming performances for Carolina Performing Arts and managing artist experiences with a focus on supporting the creation of new work and transformative experiences for both artists and audiences. In addition to her work with Carolina Performing Arts, Michelle has taught dance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to moving to Chapel Hill, Michelle danced in a Los Angeles-based modern dance company, taught dance at the Torrance Performing Arts Center as well as multiple dance studios in Southern California, and owned a dance studio in southwestern Virginia. Michelle is a graduate of Radford University with a degree in Dance (B.S.).

Under the auspices of UA’s Office of Academic Affairs Creative Campus is a collaborative system connecting students, faculty, and community to nurture innovative thinkers who turn ideas into action. Creative Campus seeks to serve as a hub of collaboration and creative activity at The University of Alabama. At the heart of Creative Campus is the undergraduate and graduate intern program. For more information on Creative Campus visit<>.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state’s economy, is in keeping with UA’s vision to be the university of Choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state’s flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

New Faculty Position

The Telecommunication and Film Department seeks a full-time contract faculty member to teach 2 courses per semester and maintain 20 office hours weekly to conduct primary academic advising for approximately 600 undergraduate majors; extended advising hours would be required at the beginning and end of the semester, and during preregistration each semester.

This position includes summer advising, and would include Bama Bound sessions as well as general advising for undergraduates. Courses taught could include broadcast copywriting, media sales/programming/management, media news, or media production.

This is a 12-month position; it is a non-tenure earning, three-year, renewable contract appointment at the rank of instructor, beginning as soon as the position is filled.

Minimum qualifications: MA in in telecommunications or related field. Some teaching experience is preferred.

To apply, visit, complete the application and attach a curriculum vita and cover letter:

Salary is nationally competitive. UA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

New Faculty Research on Digital Media and Social Network Sites

Dr. Yonghwan Kim has announced two publications to be released in the near future:

  1. Kim, Y. (in press) “Politics of Representation in the Digital Media Environment: Presentation of the Female Candidate between News Coverage and the Website in the 2007 Korean Presidential Primary.” Asian Journal of Communication.
  2. Chen, H.-T., & Kim, Y. (accepted for publication) “Problematic Use of Social Network Sites: The Interactive Relationship between Gratifications Sought and Privacy Concerns.” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

New Analysis of Ava Duvernay’s Films by TCF Professor

Dr. Rachel Raimist has just published an analysis titled, “Bringing Wreck: The Films of Ava Duvernay,” on In Media Res. She begins:

In Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop Jeff Chang writes, “Hip-hop began as an early ‘70s youth street culture in New York City, with all the peculiarities of place embedded in it—the slang, the cadence of talk, the way people moved [… and] by the ’90s, hip-hop had helped foster a dramatic increase of representations of people of color.” In Ava Duvernay’s films, rap doesn’t blast as the score to every scene, but her work centers the lives of black and brown hip-hop generation folks with lives rooted in these aesthetics.

Read more here