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Professor and Students Working on Documentary

March 22, 2013

  • by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Lewis & Clark professor Bryan Sebok (center) works with student Alexander Schwartz on a documentary titled 'Cartlandia,' that looks at Portland's food cart phenomenon.

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies Bryan Sebok has his students making a documentary called Cartlandia, about diversity in Portland’s food cart scene, not to be confused with Blacklandia, a book about the trials of being black in Portland by Lewis & Clark sociologist Monica Miller.

Too much of a good thing

“Sure, Portlandia is just a TV show,” Sebok told the Portland Tribune. “But sometimes life does start imitating art, even after the art has disappeared from the airwaves. And there’s something to be said for building on an established brand name.”

“It says something about what we’re up to,” Sebok says of the name choice. “We’re playing with the mythical nature of local identity.” 

Read the article in the Portland Tribune.

Story submitted by Rhetoric and Media Studies and Sociology and Anthropology Administrative Coordinator Terry Moore.