LACMA9 Art + Film Lab—Oral History Project
Create a living portrait of yourself or a loved one through an oral history video. Take turns being the interviewer and the storyteller and share important memories. Bring a thumb drive—LACMA will provide copies of your video interview on the spot. In addition, your story may be selected as part of a video art project by LA-based artist Nicole Miller.
Stories are a vital part of our shared cultural heritage. They help us make sense of living, as well as appreciate what others have gone through. Anyone can be a great storyteller. All it takes is a desire to disclose your experiences vividly and honestly.
Interviewers enable the storyteller by asking open-ended questions—you put out the call, the storyteller responds. The question shapes what the storytellers will say. And how you listen to their answer also shapes what they say.
In the oral history video below, Altadena resident Mark Starr talks about how he became a dancer on Soul Train, his career as a television make-up artist, and what he loves about his hometown.
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