This is a course designed to familiarize students with audio-visual production for social action, including nonprofit, advocacy, institutional, and museum display. The assignments include analyzing case studies of successful work, mapping the economic and social environment for media, meeting professional media producers, and developing proposals.
This course explores the contemporary world of documentary video production with an overview of the history and major trends in documentary production. It combines critical viewing skills with practical instruction in documentary production.
This course is a survey of contemporary feminist cultural theory: it interrogates and assesses the construction of women within diverse representational systems. It also investigates film, photography, video art, and digital forms as contested, fluid sites articulating discourses on women, men, sexuality, difference, and nation.
This course offers a conceptual overview of the forms, strategies, structures and conventions of documentary film and video. The course focuses on social documentary, or documentary that aims to construct arguments about the social world.
This course deals with the intersection of film theory and history; it employs a wide range of films and books to ground students. Lectures, discussions and screenings expand, develop, and criticize texts and films.
Compiled by Dr. Laura Stein, University of Texas at Austin, for her course The Social Documentary, this bibliography serves as a comprehensive reading guide for anyone interested in learning more about the genre.
In October, we welcomed filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, director of New Muslim Cool, to screen her film and conduct a filmmaking master class with American University students. We also grabbed some time to talk about the film and the challenges of making it. The interview, as well as clips from the master class and the post-film Q & A, are below. Read more...
This year's Human Rights Film Series concluded with a packed screening of The Reckoning on October 29th. The film, directed by Pamela Yates and produced by Paco de Onis, follows Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as he issues arrest warrants for the rebel leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, puts 4 Congolese warlords on trial in The Hague, charges the President of Sudan with genocide and war crimes in Darfur, challenges the UN Security Council to have him arrested, and shakes up the Colombian criminal justice system.
Following the screening Pamela and Paco sat down for a lively Q & A session and earlier in the day they also conducted a filmmaking master class for students where they detailed some of the innovative outreach and distribution strategies they have pioneered. You can watch clips from the Q & A and master class below. In January we will be bringing you an in-depth Pull Focus interview with Pamela and Paco as well.