Erika Simon 2009-2010

Erika Simon has a B.A. (with honors) in English from Earlham College in Indiana, an M.A. in communication studies from UNC – Chapel Hill, and significant experience as an archivist, instructor, oral historian, and filmmaker.

She received her Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies in 2006. For her final project, she produced a short film, “Gemini World,” which won the Audience Award at the Carrboro Film Festival in 2006.

Erika has served as editor on numerous film projects, including Green Jobs Revolution; Looking Back: Brown Versus the Board of Education; Levante: Theater for Social Change; A New Kind of Listening; Hearts & Mines, and many others. She contributed to the radio series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty. She has taught video production and editing at Duke, Wofford College (South Carolina), University of Wisconsin-Madison, the North Carolina Folklife Institute, and other places. Erika was awarded the Martha Nell Hardy Award for Outstanding Teaching by UNC. She regularly receives among the highest reviews among instructors at the Center for Documentary Studies.

Erika came to documentary studies after seeing her own experience reflected in a documentary project that shattered stereotypes. “Having a lesbian mom was always something that made me feel like an outsider, even in the gay community. I knew ‘my story’ wasn’t the only one like it, and seeing a whole traveling photo-text exhibit about families like mine was empowering and provided an occasion for community dialogue.”

Erika worked with The City School in Boston. Founded in 1987, the City School works with more than 800 youths from across the region each year to provide the skills and challenging experiences needed to foster the next generation of leaders.

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Anne Weber 2009-2010

Anne Weber received her B.A. in art (cum laude) from Yale University. A photographer and a painter, she has exhibited work in the U.S. and abroad, and has been awarded a number of grants and residencies, including a Vermont Studio Center residency, Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship, Wooden Fish Fellowship (Japan), Morse Traveling Fellowship, and Louis Sudler Grant. She has worked on documentary projects examining the impact of the Three Gorges Dam in China as well as the rise and fall of the oil industry in southeastern Illinois.

Anne completed her Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2009. For her final project, she offered her services as a wedding photographer at the Wake County Courthouse in North Carolina, providing participating couples a copy of their portrait free of charge. Each couple filled out a basic questionnaire in which they provided a snapshot of who they are and why they were there. “I became interested in how marriage is and has been defined legally, as well as how people define marriage for themselves: as a spiritual union, a legally binding procedure, a proclamation of love, a passport to a new life, or something else entirely,” she says. To see images from this project, visit: Anne hopes to continue this work in several states where marriage is defined in various terms.

For her Hine fellowship, Anne worked with Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) in 2009. She produced hundreds of images for IBA’s archive and communications materials, and gathered historical materials to help them tell their story. She produced two large exhibits “Somos Villa Victoria (Portraits From Parcel 19),” which was exhibited at IBA and a second exhibit, “The Geography of Marriage,” in which she photographed couples getting married in the Boston Courthouse and the Raleigh courthouse. This work was exhibited at Duke and can be seen online: