Summer Research in Asia
August 21, 2018
Vibrations student crew present their research in Asia at the OSCAR poster session. L to R: Brittney Flores, Blaire Collingwood, Zeyn Faddoul, and Sanders Evans. Photo: Lisa Thrasher.
Film and Video Studies professors Ben Steger and Lisa Thrasher traveled to Asia this July with four students to film episodes for VIBRATIONS. Directed by Benjamin Steger and Produced by Lisa Thrasher, VIBRATIONS is a documentary series profiling contemporary singer-songwriters and practitioners of traditional musical forms in regional music scenes around the world. The project was awarded a Summer Impact Grant and received additional support from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Global Education Office. The four Film and Video Studies majors on the crew were Blaire Collingwood, Zeyn Faddoul, Brittney Flores, and Sanders Evans. They traveled over 22,700 miles in 25 days to 3 countries and 7 cities. While abroad, they recorded interviews and live performances with musicians in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia to create a character driven series designed to emphasize the power of music to create positive individual and social change and examine the impacts of globalization on local music cultures around the world. Once back at Mason, the students worked with Film and Video Studies professor Amanda Kraus to edit trailers and teasers which they presented at the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, & Research (OSCAR) summer research event. Dr. Gregory Robinson, Associate Professor specializing in world music at Mason’s School of Music, worked with the students on preliminary research in ethnomusicology. Their work will be highlighted at Arts By George in the Film at Mason exhibition space on Saturday, September 29.