ARTS 101
Revolutionary Film History and Short Film Screenwriting Fall 2019
Division I

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Revolutionary film is found mostly outside the mainstream movie system: the Genre flick, the B-movie, the Queer film, the Blacklisted film, the banned film, the independent filmmaker, the female director, the director of color, the Skid-Row studio, the documentary. This course draws from principles that the personal is political, political metaphor for artistic subterfuge is primary and that revolutionary filmmakers are involved in a vast range of methods to create their work. This course will introduce you to key moments of groundbreaking, innovative and unruly cinema visions throughout history as well as contemporary critical art practice. From this basic foundation the student also will conceive, format and write 2-3 short film scripts either to be feasible productions or as pure fantasy visions. You will be encouraged on how to lead your thoughts with images and shape an active meaning in film. You will absorb how to think and feel boldly, to spring ideas directly from your pre-consciousness and your current political thought. You do not need filmmaking experience to enroll.This course will examine the work of Spike Lee, Nancy Savoca, David Cronenberg, The Maysles Brothers, The Wachowski Siblings, Claudia Weill, Pedro Almodovar, Robert Altman, Sam Fuller, Neil Jordan, Andrew Bujalski and Jordan Peele. We will also read and discuss critical studies including readings by Margo Jefferson, James Baldwin, Sidney Lumet, J. Hoberman, Laura Mulvey, Jose Munoz, Fran Lebowitz, Moyra Davey, and others.
The Class: Type: seminar, workshop and screenings
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 2013
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class attendance, Film screenings, Short film screenwriting
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors
Materials/Lab Fee: lab fee TBD will be added to the student's term bill
Distributions: Division I

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