The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research Cheap Purchase will be conducting a four-week course on the personal documentary, to be held at the Bed-Stuy home of instructor/filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo.
The course will cover personal documentary from its more experimental beginnings to its current place in the mainstream. Drawing from readings in documentary studies as well as cultural theory, students will examine concepts such as the performance of identity, the archive, and collective memory, as well as related documentary modes such as the home movie, the video diary, and the essay film.
Questions to be addressed:
- + Is personal filmmaking inherently narcissistic?
- + What tools—such as voice-over, archival materials, and interviews—do filmmakers employ and why?
- + What is the relationship between personal and collective memory?
- + Why has the personal register been so central for feminist filmmaking?
- + Screenings included
- + Held Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
- + Starts October 14
- + Lasts 4 extended sessions over 4 weeks
- + Cost: $315
- + Nearest trains: A/C at Utica, J at Gates
To learn more and enroll, please visit http://thebrooklyninstitute.com/bisr_course/the-personal-documentary/