Suzanne Cohen Filmmaker and Educator

Scotland Creates: Museum Virals

The brief was to produce viral videos to challenge stereotyped perceptions of museums in order to attract younger audiences. This required facilitating a two-day intensive workshop in video and animation for young people from five different museums in Scotland from Edinburgh to the Outer Hebrides and then supporting them via email with their productions plus editing the final films.

Read more about the workshops here:

https://feastbowl.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/scotland-creates-lights-camera-action-for-our-digital-film-project/




British Museum Virals

This summer a group of young people on the autistic spectrum participated in a weeklong workshop at the British Museum on how to make viral videos to promote the Museum to other young people.

Read more about the project in my article for the British Museum blog: ow.ly/BAzb3



Participatory Film in Action #1

Participatory Film in Action 1

Description of event attended by 100 people on 2nd May 2013 at London Metropolitan University:

Curated by London Met Digital Media lecturer and filmmaker Suzanne Cohen, the event features discussions with two accomplished filmmakers in the expanding field of participatory documentary.

Lisa Fingleton has over twenty years experience working in a creative and collaborative way with community groups. Outside I’m Singing is a year long project with Ireland’s only lesbian choir, and documents the process of creating a musical with an incredible group of women and the obstacles they’ve had to overcome to sing out and proud.

Participatory Film in Action #2

Participatory Film in Action 2


Description of event attended by 40 people on 1st November 2013 at Reel Islington’s First Friday Film Club.

Filmmaker Suzanne Cohen presents a selection of her documentary and animated films made with and about marginalized groups.

Participatory Film in Action #3

Participatory Film in Action 3

Description of event attended by 120 people on 5th December 2013 at London Metropolitan University:

Curated by London Met Digital Media lecturer and filmmaker Suzanne Cohen, the event features presentations and Q&As with two creative practitioners working in the criminal justice system.

Tony Gammidge runs video and animation projects on medium secure and psychiatric units. These collaborative projects aim to give voice to the service users on the units, many of whom are amongst the most socially excluded and stigmatised in our society. They give participants an opportunity to make their own films using stories from their experiences, memories and imagination. He will be screening a number of short films from the projects during the presentation.

Participatory Film in Action #4

Participatory Film in Action 4

Description of event attended by 60 people on 8th May 2014 at London Metropolitan University:

Participatory Film in Action is a regular event curated by digital media lecturer and filmmaker Suzanne Cohen at London Metropolitan University.

A screening of short films, presentations and Q&As by project leaders and participants of the Inna Vision Film School.

Inna Vision Film School has been a year long participatory project based in East London, working with adults with and without lived experience of mental health issues, with a particular focus on African and Caribbean communities.

Camden Summer University Young People’s Film Festival

camden

A yearly screening at the British Museum of short films, animations and documentaries made by 14 – 19 year olds at Camden Summer University organized by Suzanne Cohen.

The film show in 2014 was attended by more than 180 people.
Highlights of the screening included:

• two films made in the style of classic silent films;
• the Museums Virals Project, in which young people with autism designed films to attract other young people to the museum;
and
• the documentary ‘Young People, Mental Health and the Media’, which was supported by the Time to Change campaign and features an interview with Jane Merkin, executive producer of the BBC3 series ‘Don’t Call me Crazy’.

Young People’s Film Festival

Camden Magazine article about the Camden Summer University Young People’s Film Festival
Camden Magazine

Scotland Creates Museum Virals Project

Article about film workshops at National Museums of Scotland

Sporting Sisters: Stories of Muslim Women and Sports

Article about Muslim Women’s Participation in Sport inspired by the documentary screening at the Women’s Library

Background to the documentary

Interviews with the young Muslim women who made the documentary for the People’s Record