Displaced & Erased (02/2017 – 08/2017)

Displaced & Erased is a short film about the removal of Clayton’s black community. A senior capstone through documentary and community engagement by Emma Riley at Washington University. The movie is meant to legitimize the stories of people who used to live in Clayton and force Clayton’s residents to think deeply about their role in racial inequity in St. Louis.

GoodVoice provided one-on-one mentoring during the production process and Emma was such an advanced student that we were able to move our conversations from details in the final edits to designing an engagement strategy and conversation guide that supported one of her first community screenings and conversations with a group of students at Clayton High School.

Emma in her own words: 

My meeting with Michael Pagano: a Reflection

I met with Michael Pagano on Monday to discuss my senior capstone, which is short film about the removal of Clayton’s black community. The movie is meant to legitimize the stories of people who used to live in Clayton and force Clayton’s residents to think deeply about their role in racial inequity in St. Louis.

I came to Michael with a rough cut assembled from my own footage, archival footage, and archival photos of the community. I had organized the story roughly into 3 sections: prosperity, history, and a call to action. 

Together we broke up the key components of the movie, and he told me which ideas he thought needed more attention and support.  He gave me a framework for editing down interview footage, which I have actually already done between our meeting and now.  He also recommended that I focus on individual parts of my story (such as prosperity, call to action, etc.), making sure they are clear and complete, and then breaking them up or reordering them only after they are wholly constructed. I have since started to edit my content using this process.

My meeting with Michael gave me confidence, clarity, and a process for moving forward in the editing process. Even though I don’t have everything figured out in terms of how the information will flow, I have a vision and a process to make it come together into a cohesive story with a persuasive call to action.