Dr. Rachel Raimist is an award-winning filmmaker who most enjoys documentary storytelling, but has also worked in narrative filmmaking, music videos, dance for camera projects, live event videography and a writer and photographer for popular music magazines. Her passion is visual storytelling, cinematography, and studying women behind the camera. Her research focuses on feminist filmmaking, hip-hop feminisms, pedagogy, and digital storytelling
At the University of Alabama she is a tenured Associate Professor where she teaches media production in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media. Her courses include advanced videography, digital storytelling, professional development, and the travel-study courses “C&IS in LA” and “TCF at Sundance,” which offer immersive industry-focused internship and study experiences. Dr. Raimist also serves as Co-Director of UA’s Creative Campus, an arts advocacy organization that supports student interns to build arts focused projects and events.
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 national and international television outlets. In 1999 the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota named the department’s media center as The Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. Raimist also earned a B.A. in 1995 and a M.F.A. in 1999 in Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1995.
Raimist has been a proud member of the Crunk Feminist Collective since 2010. The Crunks are an amazing collective of feminist activists, scholars, artists, and visionaries with very passionate fans.
She has traveled to film in Chile, Argentina, Spain, England, Nigeria and UAE, but this is her first voyage on Semester at Sea.