Introduction to Documentary Film Analysis & Production
DateJune 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Time04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
Reoccurs 5 Tuesdays 5/25/21 - 6/22/21
10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919 United States
Member's Price $125
Non-Member's Price $180
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Documentaries have gained popularity and become more accessible with the prevalence of streaming platforms and new content-sharing technologies in the past decade.
In this course, we begin by reviewing the history of non-fiction modes in American film including poetic documentaries, newsreels, war films, ethnographic films, cinema veritè, direct cinema, and avant-garde documentaries. Questions we’ll address include: What is cinema? What is its relationship to reality and illusion, to technology, to culture and society? How do we evaluate film?
Expanding from this historical perspective, we’ll discuss how film reflects who we are today, how it describes our thoughts and actions as individuals and as part of a culture or subculture, and how cinema, in general, can prescribe our perception of the world around us. In today’s media-saturated culture, why is the documentary genre on the rise and what does this say about who we are and what we need?
Films assigned for home viewing may include contemporary topics such as queer culture, reporting on a medical pandemic, women’s rights in graffiti and street art, and mass incarceration. Students will be prepared to take notes to answer prompts in writing before each class meeting and share their thoughts with the class. Students will also be asked to propose their own topic and an outline for a documentary.
This class runs 5 Tuesdays, from May 25 through June 22. The first class on May 25 is onsite at the Alliance for the Arts. Subsequent classes are virtual and will be hosted via Zoom.us. Classes are from 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET.
Time commitment: formal class time each week, +/-2 hours at home screening films and writing.
Jordan Noël Hawkes