School of Media Arts & Studies associate professor Frederick Lewis recently returned from a week of conducting workshops and lecturing in Malaysia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Attended by 25 media makers representing the Prime Minister’s office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense, as well as several news outlets, NGOs and the U.S. Embassy itself, the workshops were in response to the newly elected government’s promise to support a more robust media environment.
Professor Lewis presented modules on shooting and editing techniques and the art of the interview, and had all participants take part in a scriptwriting exercise. He also offered critiques of media previously produced by some of the attendees.
While in Malaysia, Lewis was also a featured speaker at a conference on digital filmmaking held at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, where he urged the audience of more than 300 to value collaboration and community over competition. As part of his presentation, Lewis also screened and discussed excerpts from “Home for Hari Raya,” a short film made in 2013 when Lewis brought 14 of his OU students to Malaysia to work with 14 students from the film program at Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam in a unique cross cultural collaboration.
From Kuala Lumpur, Lewis traveled to Penang, to screen and discuss his recently completed documentary on African American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar at the George Town Literary Festival. Featuring authors from more than 20 countries, the festival’s theme, “The State of Freedom,” was chosen in response to Malaysia’s landmark elections last May.
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