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Autobiographical Storytelling
FILM 395
Spring 2021
Section: 01  

How do filmmakers and writers negotiate memory, identity, and the author's voice to create original work drawn from life? Through analysis of a broad range of autobiographical narratives, students will investigate different modes of working with personal source material and explore the capacity and complexities of family and individual narratives to showcase diverse perspectives and interrogate assumptions about the self on screen. In this reading- and writing-intensive course students will annotate and analyze literary sources and films, and should expect to spend several hours reading, watching, and writing outside of class time per week. In addition to short written responses, students will create a portfolio of original creative work that might include essays, screenwriting, in-class presentations, and/or short video responses. Course materials will include films and writing by Chantal Akerman, James Baldwin, Alan Berliner, Julie Dash, Nathaniel Dorsky, Cheryl Dunye, Yance Ford, Kirsten Johnson, Nathalie Leger, Jonas Mekas, Ross McElwee, Michael Moore, Sarah Polley, Lourdes Portillo, Marlon Riggs, Marjane Satrapi, Agnes Varda, and others.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on MAR-28-2023
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