"Thanks to URSA, Buddy Terry was able to produce a documentary film about the Intercultural Learning Community on Food, Culture and Social Justice in Oregon and Ecuador and this led to an internship producing a series of films for the indigenous Cañari people in southern Ecuador. The first film, “Food Connections across Borders” was shown to great acclaim at the conference, De la Chacra a la Mesa, in Cuenca, Ecuador in
December 2017. In the following months it was shown at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute in Quito, Ecuador and at an anthropological film festival in Denmark, as well as on the OSU campus. I have used the film at several conferences and to inform prospective students. During his internship, Buddy filmed several Cañari community festivals and assisted Judy Blankenship in the compiling and digitizing of a photographic archive. When Buddy graduated from our Anthropology Department we asked him to tell us in writing what he planned to do next.
He said he wanted to continue creating videos for a living: “My subject is always people reciprocating knowledge, expressing talents, communicating thoughts, interests, and feelings with one another. As the person recording all of those things, as anthropologist and cinematographer, I can’t help but be absolutely fascinated by that...This is my passion, motivation, and the reason that I love the way that these two disciplines/skill sets marry together. In the future, I want to be always creating images that change the way people think about and understand the world around them.” Buddy has kept me up to date via Facebook on his career since graduation. I am happy to report that he now makes a living as a videographer (with an anthropologist’s eye!)."