November 2018: Jackson Kroopf, Alumni
Jackson Kroopf, VC '10, returned to campus to share his practices around holding underrepresented narratives and engaged pluralism through conversation and film. Jackson and Professor Slattery-Quintanilla, of the EPI Arts Working Group, offered a filmmaking workshop for students to develop their own toolkits for storytelling. These students will work with the footage they captured to craft their own stories of (dis)engagement with the institution, through a credit-bearing course next semester. Jackson also met with a number of individuals and groups doing engaged pluralism and inclusion work. His film productions, based on these experiences, might be ready for viewing as early as January! Side note: Candice thinks that Jackson is one of the most awesome people she's ever met!
Kroopf is a director from Los Angeles. He makes narratives, documentaries, commercials, music videos—all the things—as long as they’re intimate. His hybrid short films have screened at over 20 film festivals worldwide. Jackson received his BA in Imagined Alternatives from Vassar College and an MFA from University of California Santa Cruz in Social Documentation.