Screening Participatory Videos and Cellphilms (Cellphone + Film Production) in Live-Audience and Online Spaces Tensions, Contradictions, and Opportunities

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Casey Burkholder
Matt Rogers


Engaging in participatory visual research provides opportunities to share provocative research results with a variety of audiences in order to shift public perception, critique policy, and work toward social change. A range of ethical issues emerge in screening participatory videos and cellphilms (cellphone + film production) in front of live audiences and in online spaces. Through a reflection on two participatory visual research projects working with youth in New Brunswick Canada, we describe the opportunities and challenges to screening and archiving participant-produced videos. We argue that project facilitators have an ethical obligation to participants and audiences in navigating screenings in person and online contexts. It is the facilitators’ obligation to the participants, their works, and our projects to react and respond when audiences laugh derisively, engage in microaggressions, provide hateful comments, and when audiences celebrate the participants’ works in surface level or unserious ways.

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Burkholder, C., & Rogers, M. (2021). Screening Participatory Videos and Cellphilms (Cellphone + Film Production) in Live-Audience and Online Spaces. Visual Methodologies, 8(1), 1 - 15.
Author Biographies

Casey Burkholder, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Casey Burkholder is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, interested in critical teacher-education, and participatory visual research. In choosing a research path at the intersection of resistance&activism, gender, inclusion, DIY media-making, and Social Studies education, Casey believes her work may contribute to ‘research as intervention’ (Mitchell, 2011) through participatory approaches to equity and social change.

Matt Rogers, University of New Brunswick

Matt Rogers an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick and an Atlantic Canadian Filmmaker. His research focuses on youth-centered participatory filmmaking, and documentary inquiry as a knowledge mobilization tool.