John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative

MDOCS FEATURED EVENT: The Multimedia Archive

Caffe Lena Exhibit


The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative and Special Programs welcome Jocelyn Arem, '04,  for a series of spring workshops on the Multimedia Community Archive, helping students, faculty and community partners develop and manage documentary projects with archival sources from conception through development of archival evidence, to documentary production planning. 


Fridays, 2-4pm, Tisch 302

Workshops are open to Skidmore College faculty, staff, and students and community partners. 
RSVP to mdocs [@] appreciated but not required. Those who have RSVP'd will receive some questions/ideas before each meeting to help get the creative juices flowing.

Thursday, March 26 @ 8pm, Filene Recital Hall

Multimedia Archivist/Producer Jocelyn Arem '04, her GRAMMY Award-winning Magic Shop Studio colleagues, and will showcase the process of reviving, restoring, and reimagining the music in an artist's archive. This presentation will share the archive and listening experience in stages: from the original audiotapes, to remastered recordings, culminating in a live performance with musical guests.

Jocelyn Arem
Jocelyn Arem
About Jocelyn Arem

Jocelyn Arem is a Skidmore alumna (SDM Ethnomusicology, 2004) and award-winning documentarian whose projects explore the connection between music past and future. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, People Magazine, and at GRAMMY week in Los Angeles. She holds an MA from UNC Chapel Hill in Folklore and Cultural Studies. Over the past decade, Arem created a living archive for Caffè Lena, a pioneering folk music venue in Saratoga Springs. She worked with community partners to research the Caffè's past, organized a multimedia archive (text, sound, image), recorded oral history interviews with over 150 musicians around the country, and filmed live performances. Arem then produced a book, a CD box set, a website and a searchable digital database. As a result of her work, the complete documentary archive found a home at the Library of Congress, and in 2014 ASCAP awarded her the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Multimedia for this exemplary multimedia documentary work. She is currently working in New York City with a jazz music collection to build another multimedia archive, and produce a website, digital database, and CD project. Her work exemplifies the mission of MDOCS—to create evidence-based documentary stories told creatively, compellingly and critically.