Rachel Raimist is a filmmaker who most enjoys documentary storytelling, but has also worked extensively in narrative fiction filmmaking, music videos, and live event videography. Her primary research interests are in the study of women in film, feminist filmmaking, hip-hop feminisms, and digital storytelling. Raimist’s award-winning films have screened at festivals such as South By Southwest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, San Jose Cinequest and Women in the Director’s Chair, and on international television outlets. She is one of the founding curators of B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Currently, she is working on two social justice documentary projects that work in resistance to the school-to-prison pipeline.
In addition to her faculty appointment, she is the head of A/V at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, a 7500 seat facility that opened in 2011 with sold-out shows including Jill Scott & Anthony Hamilton, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Widespread Panic, Garrison Keillor, Patti Labelle, The O’Jays, The Avett Brothers, and more!
If you’d like to see her and her students in action, take a look at the TCF Amphitheater Internship Promo video:
Raimist is currently an Assistant Director at UA’s Creative Campus, a student-led arts advocacy center on campus whose mission is to turn ideas into action.
- feminist documentary filmmaking
- digital Storytelling pedagogy, media writing practices, and articulations of identity
- feminist media praxis
- documentary storytelling
- film/video production
- documentary filmmaking
- digital storytelling
- hip-hop feminisms
- TCF 201: Introduction to Video Production
- TCF 312: Advanced Videography
- TCF 155: Freshman Seminar – Personal Screens: Media and Identity in the Age of YOUtube, ME Media & MYspace
- TCF 397: Production Crew Credits
- TCF 387: Media Production Internship
- TCF 444: Special Topics – Producing & Directing Music Videos
- TCF 444: Professional Development for Media Production Majors
- TCF 444: Documenting Honors College “Art to Life”
- TCF 444: Special Topics – Media in the Digital Age
- TCF 444: Special Topics – We Media: Digital Stories of Race, Class and Gender
- TCF 444/544: Special Topics – We Media: Digital Storytelling
- TCF 490: Capstone Production Projects I
- WS 510 / AAST 495: Cross-listed section of We Media: Digital Storytelling
- TCF 553: Topics in Telecomm
- WS 535: Black Feminism
- Raimist, Rachel and Pough, G., Richardson, E., Durham, A. (Eds.) Home Girls Make Some Noise: A Hip Hop Feminism Reader. Los Angeles, CA: Parker Publishing. 2007.
- Raimist, Rachel. “Break Beats and Broken Hearts” in Fresh, Bold and So Def: Women in Hip-Hop Changing the Game. H2A Womanhood Learning Project, (Forthcoming).
- FRESH, BOLD & SO DEF: multimedia project on women in hip-hop
- Raimist, Rachel. Cover Image and various photographs in Check It While I Wreck It: Black Women Rappers and the Public Sphere. Lebanon, NH: Northeastern University Press, 2004.
- Raimist, Rachel. Various Photographs. In Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Jeff Chang (Ed.). New York: Basic Civatas, 2006, 307 – 319.
Other Select Publications
- Raimist, R. and E. Hornsby-Minor. “If I Could Hear my Mother Pray Again: An Ethnographic Performance of Black Motherhood”. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 2007.
- “Hip-Hop Politics Hit Newark: The Hip-hop Political Convention.” URB Aug 2004.
- “Kanye: The Second Coming.” URB April 2004.
- “High Noon: Standards for Rap Videos?” The Source January 2004.
- “You Must Learn: Hip-hop on the Rise in Academia” The Source Aug 2003.
Select Video Work
- The Wedding Album (Digital Video, 6 minutes, 2010)
- The Stillwater Poetry Group (SPG) – Work in progress, projected 2010 completion
- Central Touring Theater (CTT) – Work in Progress, projected 2012 completion
- The Path to Power: I Self Devine’s “Sounds of Low Class Amerika” (Digital Video, DVD to be released with album, Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2010)
- The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom
(Digital Video, 12 minutes, 2009)
- A B-Girl Is…
(Digital Video, 60 min loop, 2005)
This video was produced for the first B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop (2005) at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
- Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
(Digital Video, Director: Kevin Fitzgerald, 75 min, 2005)
- Nobody Knows My Name
(Digital Video, 58 minutes, 1999)
- Academic Journals
“An Interview with the Director Rachel Raimist”, The Velvet Light Trap, Number 53, Spring 2004, 59-65.
- Scholarly Book Chapters
- Basu, Dippanita and Harris, L. “Nobody Knows My Name and an Interview with the Director Rachel Raimist”. Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture, London: Pluto Press, 2006, 56-70.
- Watkins, S. Craig. “We Love Hip Hop, But Does Hip Hop Love Us?”. Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement. Boston: Beacon Press. 2006, 221.
- Select Popular Press Book Chapters
- “Put Your Camera Where My Eyes Can See: Hip-Hop Video, Film, and Documentary – A Roundtable Curated by Eric K. Arnold, with Rachel Raimist, Kevin Epps, and Michael Wanguhu”. Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Jeff Chang (Ed.). New York: Basic Civatas, 2006, 306-320.
Select Media Interviews
- “Film Students Help with the Amphitheater Show“
- “Hip-hop Artists Film Video on Campus”
- “Apwonjo screens film about Liberian Civil War”
- “Little Willie’s hosts Ladyfest Deep South Fundraiser”
- WVUA TV News clip about Dr. Raimist’s tornado relief efforts
- GRITtv with Laura Flanders features Dr. Raimist and TCF alum Trey Moe (View Here)
- Hunter, Aina. “The Source Under Fire Here’s Your Guide to the Lawsuits, Criminal Charges, and Beefs.” The Village Voice. Nov. 2005.
- Bayles, Martha. “Heedful Hip Hop Attacks on Rap Now Come From Within.” The Wall Street Journal Apr. 2005.
- Peiken, Matt. “B-guiling B-Girls set the hip hop record straight”.” The St. Paul Pioneer Press 2 June 2005: E4 Weekend Life.
- Shepherd, Juliana. “Hip Hop’s Lone Ladies Call for Backup: The B-Girl Be Summit preaches strength in numbers.” The City Pages 1 June 2005, Volume 2, Issue 1278: Arts Feature.
- Charnell, Juin. “B-Girl Style.” The Minnesota Women’s Press May 2005.
- Select Web Interviews
Calderon, Jennifer. “Yes We Do Know Your Name: Rachel Raimist.”
Holmes, Amethyst. New TCF Professor Brings Flavor to the Classroom
Shatkin, Elina. “Tools for Indie Filmmakers: Nobody Knows My Name.”