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
|SECTION 01 Hybrid in-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Sheila Curran Bernard, Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen, Fourth Edition
Additional Essays, Articles, Book Chapters
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly reading responses
Two 6-8 page assignments.
Final Pitch Deck presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
POI approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio.
To apply, please submit a 500-limit statement addressing the following questions:
1. Why do you want to take this documentary storytelling course?
2. In which class ¿ and semester within that class ¿ will you be in Spring 2021?
3. How does this course fit with your academic goals at Wesleyan?
4. Which, if any, documentary courses have you taken at Wesleyan.
***Please submit a PDF with the file name:
"Last Name_FirstName_Course Number" (e.g. Lastname_FirstName_FILM###.docx)
to email@example.com by *Monday Nov. 9 at midnight.*
You will be notified electronically of the status of your application by Friday Nov. 13.
|Instructor(s): Strain,Tracy Heather Times: .M.W... 08:50AM-11:50AM; Location: CFS116; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 9
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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