This course explores the range of approaches, methods and techniques a diverse set of documentary filmmakers use to tell their stories. After an introduction to elements of creative nonfiction storytelling, we will spend the semester looking at films organized by a topical lens. Through close reading of documentary texts, filmmaker statements and academic writing, we will examine how past and current documentarians successfully--and sometimes unsuccessfully--have tackled a wide variety of subject areas, including poverty, gender, ethnography, conflict/war, class, nature and science, sexuality, current affairs, ethnicities, arts and culture, and history.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bernard, Sheila Curran, Documentary Storytelling, Fourth Edition
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly readings, screenings and analysis exercises.
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|Instructor(s): Strain,Tracy Heather Times: .M.W... 08:50AM-12:10PM; Location: CFS112; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 20
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