Within the realm of issue-driven documentary, a common visual language is often used to communicate empathy, urgency and action around a cause. This workshop will explore what it’s like to work outside of that framework, where filmmakers tell deep human stories about complex societal issues while emphasizing and experimenting with artistic expression, aesthetics and an articulated perspective. Participants will develop conceptual and practical skills for producing and situating their documentary film practice within a context of critical engagement with the world.
Led by producer Su Kim (Hale County, This Morning, This Evening) with guest instructors Deborah Stratman, Cecilia Aldarondo, Sam Aleshinloye, Nanfu Wang and Steve Maing, this 3-day course will cover a range of theoretical and practical approaches. Topics include ethics and representation, the personal as political, crafting a lost history using archival materials, and how your finished film relates to the world.
Participants will think through the context of their subject, learn how to find the right approach to tell their story, matching form and content, and consider how to develop goals for getting their work seen.
Background images from Sanson and Me, a forthcoming film directed by Rodrigo Reyes and produced by Su Kim. Poster image from Midnight Traveler, directed by Hassan Fazili and produced by Su Kim.