Summer Documentary Program Alumni Profiles

In celebration of all the emerging media producers from ten years of our Summer Documentary Program, and in an effort to continue to share stories of social change, MISC is excited to profile our alumni and the inspiring work they're up to around the country. This week we're proud to introduce Trisha Patterson, a 2016 program alumna and Senior at Western Washington University in Bellingham.


I am working on a film about an Indigenous Land Defenders camp called the Unist’ot’en Camp in northern British Columbia (below). I am also studying to take the LSAT, with hopes to studying environmental law at the University of Oregon. Go Ducks.

Education: Western Washington University, 2017 (Public Relations major, Political Science and Environmental Policy minor)

2016 Summer Documentary Program
Video: Erion: stepping to the line
Radio: Exchange. Barter. Share.

What is a lasting memory from your summer with MISC?
Being given the privilege of being mentored by established creatives and filmmakers throughout the process of producing radio and a film is the most prominent and lasting memory I have of MISC. The leadership at MISC gives their hearts and all of their energy to organizing the program in a way that is intentional and effective, yet allows room for intense creativity and cooperation among the group.

Can you recommend a film, podcast, book, or media work?
I would recommend Mia Mingus’ Changing the Framework: Disability Justice. This is the title of a zine I recently read that discusses disability politics, accessibility and ableism.

Here's a note to our MISC community from Trisha:

Howdy social changers, 
I came to MISC last summer, my mind brimming with stories, and anticipated (correctly) a jam-packed summer of learning, growing and solidifying a passion for media and storytelling. 
That summer in Portland, Oregon was foundational to my experience in journalism. It taught me to think critically about the subjects I portray and the issues I choose to engage in. I gained the technical knowledge to quickly navigate editing software and got the inside scoop on an industry I’m attempting to jump into. 
When I returned to Bellingham, Wash. for my senior year at Western Washington University, I started thinking about future projects I wanted to work on and ways to document and share the activism and organizing I saw going on around me. I became active in the Bellingham No DAPL Coalition and got more involved in organizing surrounding Indigenous sovereignty and resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure. 
This winter, I travelled north to the Unist’ot’en Camp, a critical frontline resisting colonialism and fossil fuel expansion. During the time I was up there, I collaborated with another camp supporter to create a short video (13 minutes) about what life at camp is like during the winter. It’s this type of DIY media that contributes to grassroots organizing for social change, and I’m proud of the work we accomplished in such a short amount of time. 
I hope you all have a powerful year, and thank you for the change you are helping create.  
A documentary short about the life and purpose of Unist'ot'en Camp, December 2016, produced by Listening and Remembering.
In 2007, Erion Moore II was a varsity basketball player and soon-to-be college graduate. A year later, he was diagnosed with scleroderma, a debilitating and life-threatening disease. After eight years of fighting it, an adaptive yoga program at the Daya Foundation helps Erion regain his strength so he can shoot free throws again. Filmed during the 2016 Summer Documentary Program by Trisha Patterson (Western Washington University, class of 2017) and Rashad Saleh (Brown University, class of 2019).

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Trisha! Watch Trisha's film Winter at Unist'ot'en below, read more about her experiences since summer on our blog, and learn more about the Summer Documentary Program