Jessica Hallenbeck MA 2007

Current Work:  PhD Candidate, UBC Department of Geography, and Director, Hallenbeck Consultants

I attended SCARP in 2005. While at SCARP, I received a SSHRC CGS and also published my dissertation ‘Social Justice and Video, Imagining as a Right in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’ as a chapter in Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attilli’s edited book Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning : Beyond the Flatlands.  The incredible connections and access to resources while at SCARP helped me to secure a job in my area of specialization even before I finished my degree.  For the next 4 years, I worked as an employee and project manager at Ear to the Ground Planning, using video in community planning contexts. This enabled me to hone my skills as both a planner and filmmaker. I started my own consulting company in 2010, specializing in collaborative and participatory video as well as educational documentaries. <>. Throughout my time at Ear to the Ground and then as the Director of Hallenbeck Consultants, I continued to learn from and connect with people I had first met during my time at SCARP.  What was an incredible cohort of peers became upon graduation a vast network of connections and collaborators. The ongoing networks created at SCARP enabled me to successfully launch my consulting practice, and continues to inform my work. Since graduating, I have been involved in the creation of over 70 films, some of which have been screened at film festivals. I am now pursuing my PhD, funded by a SSHRC CGS.  SCARP continues to be central to my intellectual, professional, and creative development.