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Alexandra Hidalgo’s Cámara Retórica Video Book Published by Computers and Composition Digital Press

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Earlier this year, Assistant Professor Alexandra Hidalgo published her video book Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition with Computers and Composition Digital Press. Cámara Retórica is comprised of six video-essay chapters that connect film and video production, feminist filmmaking, and Rhetoric and Composition. Drawing from interviews conducted with ten faculty and graduate students in the field who produce and teach the production of moving images, as well as original footage and clips created by rhetoricians and filmmakers, Cámara Retórica weaves a visual and aural tapestry that performs the kind of feminist, moving-image scholarship it argues can be transformative for Rhetoric and Composition. The video essays develop six principles of feminist filmmaking and apply them to the ways in which faculty and graduate students in Rhetoric and Composition engage with film and video production—from learning the technology, to publishing and screening their work, to making traditional and non-traditional modes of recognition for their films and videos count for tenure and promotion. As far as we can tell it's the first video book—the first collection of interconnected video essays around one topic. It is definitely the first one in Rhetoric and Composition.

XA alumni Shell Little worked on coding and designing the website that hosts the video book. Arts and Humanities and Media and Information alumin Sarah Shaw did part of the sound editing and PW alumni Lindsey Spitzley and PhD student Shewonda Leger filmed footage that is featured throughout the video book.