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Behind the Scenes: UWTV’s “Backstory” featuring Scott and Angelica Macklin

Scott (L) and Angelica (R) Macklin on set with host Andrew Tsao. Photo by Ashley-Rose O'Mara

Scott (L) and Angelica (R) Macklin on set with host Andrew Tsao. Photo by Ashley-Rose O’Mara

REMINDER: “Masizakhe: Building Each Other” featuring Scott and Angelica Macklin premieres on UWTV’s “Backstory: The Filmmakers Vision” this Saturday, September 7 at 9:30 p.m. on cable Channel 27 in the Puget Sound region.

If you miss it, the episode will air again on September 8 at 2 p.m. and September 14 at 12 a.m. You can also watch the live simulcast on the UWTV website at these times.

The tables were turned when Scott and Angelica Macklin were in front of the camera for a taping of UWTV’s program “Backstory: The Filmmaker’s Vision.” The series, produced in collaboration with the Seattle International Film Festival and hosted by School of Drama professor Andrew Tsao, interviews filmmakers to get the story behind their work and the production process, before showing the full-length movie.

Scott, the Associate Director of the Communication Leadership program, and Angelica, a filmmaker, media instructor, and Ph.D. student in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, produced a film titled “Masizakhe: Building Each Other” that debuted in 2009. The film is about “a group of dynamic young artists from the Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who are dedicated to the empowerment of their community through cultural activism.”

“There are a lot of filmmakers on the UW campus who don’t necessarily get to be seen and I think UWTV having this kind of show is really cool,” Angelica said.

In addition to supporting media making on campus, this opportunity is a great platform to expose the film further even though it was made several years ago.

“What’s going on in South Africa is not too far afield from some of the struggles we face here,” Scott said. “So the film gets and touches on some very trans-local issues that we’re dealing with…and if we can have better mutual understanding of the significant differences that we face here and in South Africa, we might be able to find some mutually beneficial understanding to create a better world.”

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Behind the scenes of the taping of UWTV’s “Backstory.” Photo by Erica Thompson

Scott and Angelica have done live panels at film festivals and many Q&A’s after screenings in places all around the world, but this is their first time doing television for “Masizakhe.” Although Scott described it as “kind of freaky,” they said they felt comfortable with the switch from behind to in front of the camera.

“I think the part of not having an immediate audience there is a little bit different because you know that the audience is out there, but you can’t see them or talk to them,” Angelica said. “It’s different not being in a live situation.”

Season 3 of “Backstory” begins on July 6 at 9:30 p.m. with the “Masizakhe” episode tentatively set to air on September 7.

“There are a lot of emerging filmmakers, media makers, and storytellers within the University of Washington community and UWTV being a platform to curate, disseminate, and share those stories,” Scott said. “I’d love to see much more of that happening.”

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Behind the Scenes: UWTV’s “Backstory” featuring Scott and Angelica Macklin