Projects

Our latest episode that tackles the question of following your passion by examining a wide range of contrasting articles.
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Last year, I started an ongoing podcast, “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?” with my friends Graham Marema and Scotty Poston, about dealing with the titular question. I produce, edit, and co-host the show.


The recorded version of the staged reading I directed and produced.
The Secret Room: A string quartet

Join the LIVE staged reading of "The Secret Room: a string quartet” by Kazim Ali, Davidson College McGee Distinguished Professor of Writing. The performance is directed by Ryan Rotella ’17 and sponsored by the Davidson English Department and Davidson College Department of Theatre.

Posted by Kazim Ali on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The livestream of the staged reading I directed and produced.

From Davidson College’s website: “On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the English Department and Theatre Department hosted the world premiere of a spectacular genre-bending event: a staged reading of The Secret Room – a string quartet, written by Kazim Ali, the distinguished McGee Professor of Creative Writing for fall 2017. Directed by Ryan Rotella ’17 (English), the reading gave voice to Professor Ali’s experimental novel, which is written in the form of a musical score. The Strange and Lovely Music of The Secret Room, by Lucas Weals ’19, provides a thorough review of the performance.”


A Capstone project where I collaborated with five other students to make a 360 video that explored if 360 video technology could disrupt the male gaze in the production and commodity hip hop music videos such as “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj. I created the 360 video through concept and shooting, maintaining a journal of progress and observations from the process. I also wrote an analysis of the “Anaconda” music video incorporating the work of bell hooks, Judith Butler, Jon Berger, and Laura Mulvey.

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