Jaimie Baron is a professor of film studies at the University of Alberta, in Canada. Her research to date has focused primarily on issues of documentary representation, audiovisual appropriation, historiography, and ethics. Her most recent book, Reuse, Misuse, Abuse: The Ethics of Audiovisual Appropriation in the Digital Era (Rutgers University Press, 2020), examines the complex ethical stakes involved in repurposing existing recordings of other people into new works.
Baron’s current research concerns the dancer, filmmaker, and video artist Shirley Clarke, whose life intersected with many of the most important artistic, social, and political struggles of the latter half of the 20th century. Drawing on archival research and contemporary interviews, this project will take Clarke’s biography as the basis for exploring—among other things—the history of modern dance, the aesthetic and social power of jazz, the rise of American independent filmmaking, documentary ethics, and early video experiments.
Baron holds a BA in art/semiotics from Brown University, an MA in film studies from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in cinema and media studies from UCLA. She is the founder and director of the Festival of (In)appropriation, a yearly international festival of short experimental found footage films and videos. She is also a cofounder and coeditor of Docalogue, an online space for scholars and filmmakers to engage in conversations about contemporary documentary, and the Docalogue book series.