Flying Film Festival Presents ETHNOGRAPHY OF FACTORIES Review — An Alien World Made Familiar

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The factory is humanized by piles of labels, plastic ferns, lunch tables. We glimpse some of the workers, and their practical personal style. We see their precision through repetition. Though ethnography is a complex academic study, Princeton University briefly explains it as “a research method central to knowing the world from the standpoint of its social relations.” In this short film, we are witness to the researching of an unnamed fabric factory “in the depths of Russia.” In this writer’s opinion, though we do not know the social relations, we become familiar with this alien world through these human touches in a few short minutes.

Ethnography of Factories is an appetizer that introduces us to the study of ethnography, a research area that some anthropologists dedicate their lives to.


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About the Author: Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis (@indieartsvoice) is a film publicist and communications professional with over ten years experience in the film industry and arts marketing. She is co-founder and Principal at Smarthouse Creative. Named by Media Inc. as one of Washington State's most influential women in film, TV, and media, Ryan has worked with outlets ranging from CNN and The New York Times, to community newspapers and local radio. She has worked in almost every aspect of the film business--from production and festivals to distribution, exhibition and sales.

Ryan worked for Arab Film Distribution/Typecast Films where she was part of the production and release of the Academy Award-nominated Iraq in Fragments. She has worked for a variety of nonprofit arts groups and organizations, including heading the marketing departments for Northwest Film Forum and Northwest Folklife, and was the assistant director of Couch Fest Films from 2010-2014. Ryan was on the jury for the International Documentary Challenge for 2012-3, and a juror for the 2015 Seattle Shorts Festival. Ryan currently sits on the board of The Grand Cinema in Tacoma, WA.

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