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
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
Collaborators: Emily Wathen, Camilla Sumi
Producer: Stone Soup Films
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.