Dana Coester, an assistant professor in West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism, has created an award-winning documentary that isn’t your typical love story.
“Pretty,” which recently won an Award of Excellence in Narrative in the Faculty Video Competition at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, is a documentary love story using elements of photography, typography and design. The story, which follows a non-linear narrative, intertwines three generations of women in Coester’s family.
“On one level it explores the cultural desire to document experience and how we map the forensics of memory through photographs and artifacts,” said Coester. “But on the most basic level, it is the reconstruction of a private love story – a story unearthed when my grandfather, a photographer, died in 1989. This story was just one of many that began to emerge, revealing the hidden, ‘in-between’ stories that had haunted and transformed a half century of women in my family.”