Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga

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El II Seminario Transmedia y Narrativas Audiovisuales

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Next week, I will be presenting a keynote talk on web documentaries – what works and does not along with several examples. I will also do a two-day techinical workshop on constructing a web documentary, using bootstrap and HTML5 video properties as the primary tools.

II Seminario Transmedia y Narrativas Audiovisuales

El II Seminario Transmedia y Narrativas Audiovisuales, Bogota , Colombia

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October 6th, 2014 at 7:37 am

Agarrando Pueblo (aka The Vampires of Poverty)

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"Agarrando Pueblo"

“Agarrando Pueblo
(aka The Vampires of Poverty)” by Mayolo and Ospina 1978, Cali, Colombia

I recently re-visited this very important mockumentary from 1978 and need to make a note of it. “Agarrando Pueblo (aka The Vampires of Poverty)” was shot in Cali, Colombia, 1978 and is a satiric mockumentary critiquing the popularity of documentaries capturing Latin American poverty in the 1970s. Mayolo and Ospina coined the term “pornomiseria” or “pornography of misery” in reference to the objectification of poverty in Latin America for Eurocentric audiences.

The director and cameraman move quickly around the city requesting a taxi driver to take them to spots where they can capture poor children, crazy people and whores. The directors have a recipe of necessary vignettes to compose the documentary. When pedestrians confront the film makers they dismissively tell them that it’s to inform the world or that they don’t understand what this film is about. At one point the director is filmed some cocaine in his hotel bathroom between shots.

The film is available on Vimeo.

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September 30th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

EXCESS NYC Documentation

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EXCESS is a community-based art project that investigates the large amounts of organic waste in urban centers and creatively employs new tactics to divert food from landfill and back to people to consume or compost. Can we make smarter urban infrastructure where edible food gets eaten, organic waste is turned into compost, compost is used to remediate contaminated lots, vacant lots are transformed into gardens and cities save money while reducing greenhouse emissions? EXCESS NYC is currently active in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

The food rescue and composting bike will be circulating in downtown Stamford, CT in conjunction with the exhibition Strange Invitation at Franklin Street Works.

“My Brooklyn” Support New Doc by Kelly Anderson

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Documentary film maker and colleague Kelly Anderson has just launched a kickstarter campaign for a doc in production titled “My Brooklyn” revolving around urban planning and gentrification in Brooklyn, particularly changes occurring in and around Fulton Mall. Check out the trailer and support the film if you like what you see!

My Brooklyn trailer from Kelly Anderson on Vimeo.

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July 8th, 2011 at 2:46 pm