Past Burlington, VT Event: VOL 21

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VOL 21

July 14, 2016
@ Chef's Corner South End

It seems like everywhere you look, people are talking about storytelling. But what about STORYMAKING?

PechaKucha Night Burlington, vol. 21, is the culminating event in RETN's STORYCRAFT Conversations series and will feature storytellers working in a variety of mediums.

PechaKucha Night is a worldwide phenomenon that began in 2003 in Tokyo. It offers the opportunity for a broad range of participants to present their projects, ideas, and passions at a fun, informal, and fast-paced gathering. Drawing its name from the Japanese word for the sound of "chit chat," PKN uses a quick and concise 20 x 20 presentation format that allows presenters to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Presenters describe their project as the images forward automatically.

Are you interested in being a presenter at PechaKucha Night? Anyone is welcome to participate. Please contact Drew Frazier at or Chris Dissinger at for more information.

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Media Literacy For Everyone

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

“I would argue that media education is every bit as important, if not more important than computer science but I know of know corresponding national movement to get this kind of media creation and education into schools.”

Bill Simmon
talks about the power of community-made media, and the dangers of NOT making media. Simmon is a filmmaker, writer, media educator, community/social/new media evangelist based in Burlington, Vermont.

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An Aesthetic Language

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Photographer Jude Domski shares her aesthetic language of photography and reflects on the trajectory of her career from photographing celebrities to her current work based in Vermont.

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A Lifetime of Change. Really?

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Scott Campitelli talks about growing up in the 60s and 70s and looking back at surprising, significant punctuations in life. And without nostalgia, he reflects on the long span of political and social change, or lack of it, from the 80s to the present, and where that brings each of us today. Scott is a writer, public media advocate, and storyteller based in Burlington, Vermont.

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Telling Stories about Technical Innovation

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Deena Frankel reflects on her experience developing a compelling story about the Vermont Weather Analytics Center to a prestigious national audience in under 30 days. Deena is a multimedia storyteller and facilitator.

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Traveling and Making in Cuernavaca

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Artist Brian O'Neill shares a selection of paintings and sculptures he's made over the past 2 years in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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Maps for Humanity

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Noah Ahles works at the University of Vermont's Spatial Analysis Laboratory and leads the UVM Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, founded in 2014 following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Building Narrative

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Photographer Samantha Sheehan discusses narrative building and her process for picture making. In this presentation, she highlights photographs from several different portrait-based series she's developed over the past 8 years.

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A Family Legacy of Storytelling

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Susanne Schmidt is a mental health counselor turned stand-up comedian turned comedic storyteller. On her journey from story listener to storyteller, Susanne writes:

Growing up in New York in a large Italian family, it was almost impossible to get through a day without hearing a story. Sometimes about a current misadventure but mostly about the dead relatives. Stories were as essential a part of our lives as cannoli.

Scott Campitelli
writer in Burlington, Vermont
Bill Simmon
Filmmaker, writer, media educator, VCAM in Burlington
Samantha Sheehan
Artist, Photographer, Entrepreneur, Valley Works Coworking and Tech Arts Center in Waitsfield
Noah Ahles
Geographer, Digital Cartographer, Spatial Analysis Lab - University of Vermont in Burlington
Deena Frankel
Storyteller, Writer, Designer
Jude Domski
Photographer in Burlington