This course introduces students to history, theory and aesthetics of documentary, exploring nonfiction filmmaking from the origins of cinema to the present day. Through screenings, readings and presentations students will also analyze how filmmakers have made use of new technology to help define and re-define documentary. In this course, students will trace the emergence and development of conventions, approaches and genres adopted by filmmakers and institutions to bring "real" stories of cultural, social, political, historical and economic subjects to audiences. We address the complex issues of the form including representation, access, and ethics as key aspects of the course.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FILM-MN)(FILM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Patricia Aufderheide , Documentary: A Very Short Introduction
Bill Nichols, Introduction to Documentary, Third Edition
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly readings, screenings and reflections.
Three 6-8 papers
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course could be considered a writing intensive course because the three papers total 18-24 pages which make up the large majority of the course grade. There are additional, periodic writing assignments based on screenings and related readings.
|Instructor(s): Strain,Tracy Heather Times: TBA; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 2||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 19||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 8||FR: X|
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