Where the Waters Blend explores the day-to-day life of a modern-day, non-reservation dwelling indian tribe. The Piscataway people’s ongoing struggle to retain and share their heritage frames the journey of Cryz - the two-spirit daughter of the tribal chairwoman - from rejection to acceptance of her leadership role in the tribe.
Cinematography & Directing: Susanne Coates & Emily Wathen
Production & Editing: Susanne Coates
Production Company: ArsMeta Films
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In 2014, UMD’s Department of Dining Services, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and Office of Sustainability partnered to create “Terp Farm” a sustainable farming operation located just 15 miles from the College Park campus. Terp Farm offers four-season vegetable production used in selected dining halls and on the Green Tidings mobile dining food truck, as well as providing produce to food-insecure members of the campus and College Park communities.
Susanne Coates: Cinematography & Editing
Batalá in Washington, D.C. is part of a larger Batalá family created in 1997 by Giba Gonçalves. In 2007 the Batalá Washington band was created and is open to women and women-identifying persons older than 21 years old of age, regardless of race, religion, income or musical experience.
Susanne Coates: Cinematography & Editing
National Museum of Women and the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States, North America
Our film Towpath Joe Premiered today at Washington DC's Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital at the National Museum of Women and the Arts as part of World Water Day. There will be 5 additional screenings at locations around DC - details coming soon on the film's official Facebook page. Please tell your friends and help us have a great turnout for the film! It's been a real pleasure working with Joe, Mary, and the band over the past year as we completed the film.
Women, Drums, and that Samba-Reggae Rhythm!
Space Station Susanne, Forest Hills, Washington DC, United States, North America
This weekend my two teammates (Emily Wathen and Camilla Sumi) and I participated in Stone Soup Films, Doc in a Day. We had 2 days to shoot, edit, then screen a three minute film about one of the areas non-profit organizations (who also signed up for Doc-in-a-Day). The completed short documentary can be viewed on it's portfolio page.
In this touching short, a young woman finds her mentor and discovers the liberating and transformative power of dance.
This short documentary film follows island caretaker, musician, naturalist, and Potomac River advocate, Joe Hage. After moving to a small island adjacent to the C&O Canal and “inside the beltway” of Washington, DC, Joe reconnects with his passion for music and becomes a “diplomat” for the river.
Food, Friends, and Honky Tonk Heros
Sycamore Island, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North America
Today marked the last shoot in our project that began as a short film for the International Documentary Challenge back in March. After the competition ended my colleague and fellow filmmaker, Emily Wathen, and I decided to revise and expand the film to include additional background on our main character, Joe Hage, and more about his work to help raise awareness regarding the problems facing the Potomac river. The film has really been through major changes over the past 7 months and we've made a lot of new friends along the way.
Dancing, Crafts, Culture and Frybread!
16816 Country Ln, Waldorf, MD 20601, United States, North America
Today was the final day of the three day shoot to capture the Piscataway Indian's 32nd Annual Powwow. The Powwow was amazing and the weather was amazingly hot!
Five Women, Five Days, and a Five Minute Documentary
Space Station Susanne, Dupont Circle, Washington D.C., United States, North America
Yesterday was the final day of the International Documentary Challenge competition. The team (Emily Wathen, Megan Orr, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Nicole Ricci and myself) put in many hours over the past five days to complete our five minute documentary "Towpath Joe." Kudos to the entire team! Now it's time to get some rest.