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In a 2010 article, New York Times film critic A. O. Scott described the field of contemporary documentary film as ‘heterogeneous to the point of anarchy.’ This course takes this heterogeneity to heart, acquainting students with a wide array of creative approaches and key debates in documentary film. In addition to a historical, ethical and critical foundation in the field of documentary, students will acquire a basic grounding in the fundamentals of video production, including cinematography, sound and editing. Course requirements include class attendance and regular critiques, weekly film screenings and readings outside class, 2-3 minor filmmaking exercises, and major assignments in the form of 3-4 short nonfiction video projects.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
timely and committed completion of assignments, attendance and participation
majors have priority
Difference, Power, and Equity
The practice of documentary film is centrally bound to ethics--who and how we represent onscreen. Historically, documentary has tended to gaze on marginalized communities in problematic ways; this course will make issues of power, race, class and representation central to the production of documentary media.