Festival

Creative Media Festival

February 7-10, 2019

Overview

A Weekend Creative Sprint

The 48-hour Creative Media Festival at NU-Q is an opportunity for students to create an original piece, project, or production using any medium, working individually or in teams. From film, photography, and music to spoken-word poetry and dance performances, students are free to interpret the festival's annual theme with the guidance of creative mentors. The festival ends with a showcase of all the students' work through an exhibition organized by the Creative Media Festival team.

2019 Festival Theme

Legacy and Promise

How are legacies formed, and what promises do they hold for the future? Some legacies are formed on the very basis of promises made, whether or not they are kept. As we move forward toward increasingly critical moments on the global scale such as mass migration, climate change, and political populism, what promises are we making to future generations?

Can negative legacies such as histories of colonialism, slavery, exploitation be overcome be promises to make amends and form a new legacy? What about family legacies, and the inheritance of cultural memories and legacies? How do promises to future generations incorporate legacies of family histories? This theme explores the formation of a legacy, and the responsibilities it comes with to the future.

Schedule


Dates

February 7-10, 2019

Location

Northwestern University in Qatar
Education City
Campus directions

Cost

This is a free event.

Thursday, February 7

Festival kickoff (students, festival planners)

Saturday, February 9

Roundtable discussion on this year’s theme
12:30pm, room 1-300
Open to the public

Sunday, February 10

Festival presentation followed by reception
6:30pm, Large Events Hall
Open to the public

Creative Festival Team

Tom Casserly

Tom Casserly is a New York-based independent theater producer. He spent the past six years as an associate at Barbara Whitman Productions, where he was a producer on shows such as Fun Home (2015 Tony Award for Best Musical), Fully Committed (starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson), Oh Hello on Broadway (with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney), and Murder for Two, as well as supporting Barbara on projects such as If/Then, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (starring Neil Patrick Harris), Hands on a Hardbody, and Of Mice and Men (starring James Franco).

In addition to his work at Barbara Whitman Productions, Casserly has been involved in other projects, both on Broadway and off. He was a co-producer on Peter and the Starcatcher in 2012, and is the co-founder of Borderline Theatre Project (BTP), a theater and media partnership promoting transnational collaboration in the performing arts with projects across the Middle East and North Africa. With BTP, he produces the annual Youmein Creative Media Festival in Tangier, Morocco (2015-2018), as well as the Northwestern University in Qatar Creative Media Festival (2018/2019).

A. George Bajalia

A. George Bajalia is an anthropologist (Ph.D Candidate, Columbia University) and director based between Morocco and New York. He is the co-founder of mobile arts lab Borderline Theatre Project, a theatre and media partnership promoting transnational collaboration in the performing arts across the Middle East and North Africa. With BTP, he directs the annual Youmein Creative Media Festival in Tangier, Morocco (2015-2018), as well as the Northwestern University in Qatar Creative Media Festival (2018/2019). He also brought to the stage a Moroccan Arabic take on Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story called F7ali, F7alek in Tangier, Morocco (2012) with BTP. For the screen, he has directed With Rugs Unfurled: The Social Life of a Moroccan Rug (2017, BTP), as well as Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go on a First Date (2014, Silk Road Rising).

His academic and artistic work has been supported by: CAORC-Mellon Mediterranean Research Fellowship, the American Institute of Maghrib Studies Long-Term Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and research fellowships from Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. His research and artistic interests intersect in the borderland narratives of northern Morocco, and the social, linguistic, and political formations that emerge through waiting at borders. He holds a BA from Northwestern University's School of Communication, and an MA and M.Phil from Columbia University in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. More information at georgebajalia.com.

Caitlin Cassidy

Caitlin Cassidy is an actor-singer-theatremaker based in NYC. Cassidy received her BA in government and Arabic from Georgetown University and holds a master’s in acting from East 15 in London. Cassidy is a 2017-18 fellow with Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics and a 2017 global cultural fellow with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for International Cultural Relations. She has served as language and culture fellow with AMIDEAST, has produced performance under the Tunisian Ministry of Education in Tunisia, designed and implemented theatre-based curricula in Saudi Arabia, and developed and performed work for the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO World Theatre Conference, and International Theatre Festival of Kerala, India.

She is founding co-artistic director of LubDub Theatre Company. Acting credits include: Paradise (Central Square Theater), A Doll’s House (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Far From the Trees (Berkshire Playwright’s Lab), Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London), and Kafka’s Metamorphosis (Synetic Theatre Company). Cassidy has also appeared on TV and in film. More information at caitlinncassidy.com.

Asmaa Benkermi 

Asmaa Benkermi is the producer of the 2019 Creative Media Festival. A senior majoring in communication Benkermi was the assistant producer of the 2018 festival. She has served on the Studio 20Q Board and produced her own 20Q short film during junior year. This year, she is also leading this year’s Service Learning Trip.

Jawaher AlMoawda

Jawaher AlMoawda is the director of the 2019 Creative Media Festival. A senior majoring in communication, she currently serves as vice president of NUQSU and as the script development & production chair on the Studio 20Q board. She is also the Qatar Foundation Akhlaquna Award Ambassador at NU-Q. At the 2018 Creative Media Festival, she served as a project manager for budgeting, technology and festival facilitation.