Mika Chance

Documentary filmmaker, editor and photographer in Brooklyn.

Intro

I'm a documentary filmmaker interested in inhabiting intimate, human moments with the people I'm filming and producing films which deal with identity, representation, and narratives that challenge the dominant paradigm. I have an M.A. in Visual Communication from UNC Chapel Hill, where I was a Roy H. Park Fellow.

Reel filmed and edited by Mika Chance. Music by Viva Voce.

Alma

2014

This short film was commissioned to demonstrate the work that I Have A Dream Oregon does to empower more than 1,500 students from low-income communities, in school and on the path to college. The film introduces supporters and potential donors to just one of these "Dreamer" students, Alma Vasquez. Produced with Blue Chalk Media; Additional Photography: Jamie Francis, Rob Finch, Natalie Taylor.

Role: Director of Photography, Editor

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To Live Well On This Land

2013

In rural North Carolina, a rotating cast of about 20 young people, living as part of what they call a radical landsharing collective, mount a challenge to the idea that work is what gives our lives meaning. They live in a tree house, cob houses, tents, an old AirStream camper; their rent is low enough that none of them requires steady employment. They don't have a unified politics or purpose. They are not living a merry utopian dream. It is hard, and strange, and sometimes lonely to live this way. It is scary but exciting, to build your own purpose, to be the primary force shaping the arc of your days. Here is a glimpse of a post-work future.

Role: Photographer

Discovery Education

2014-2015

Over the course of six months, I was part of a 6-person team that produced 105 science videos for K-2 classrooms for Discovery Education. My primary role was Director Of Photography. I also helped concept the series, write scripts, and edit the videos. We worked with actors and non-actors, in situations scripted and vérité. We filmed on set and on location. We filmed music videos and science demonstrations. The series serves as a resource for teachers who want to introduce their students to the scientific problem-solving process.

Role: Director of Photography, Producer, Editor, Writer