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Jul 26, 2019 at 10:00 am – Jul 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Voices Carry: Creative Sound Recording

Led by Latham Zearfoss

Take a weekend to consider the use of voice in documentary. Poetically construct and deliver voiceover, unpack truth and performativity, listen to timbre, discuss the best practices and pitfalls in voicing the voiceless, and reimagine how to give a place, an individual or a group a voice.

Participants will listen closely to adventurous documentary work: film, audio, and performance to uncover the way these sounds are produced and look at how they employ the special relationship sound and specifically vocals have to emotion, sensation, and memory, both individual and collective.

Over the three days, the group will encounter inspiring references through screenings, listening sessions, engage in hand-ons exercises, and have the opportunity for work-in-progress critiques with guest instructors.

This theoretical and practical weekend intensive is designed for a small group of professionals, and will be led by producer/organizer Latham Zearfoss who has brought together practitioners from different backgrounds: filmmakers, audio documentarians, producers and film programmers to speak to different approaches in interpreting the use of voice.

This workshop is three days; please only enroll if you can commit to the entire schedule.


Open to everyone, though this workshop is best suited for film and audio makers, producers, journalists, curators and media artists. It would be great, if you have a project in progress to present to the group during the time reserved for critique.

Give us an idea of who you are and why you are coming. After you register, you will be contacted and asked for a short statement of interest and bio. Briefly describe your experience, interest and background and share a link to a work sample if you have one.

$295 early bird registration by July 19th, 2019 at 5PM.

$285 members early bird registration by July 19th, 2019 at 5PM.

$350 regular registration.

$335 members regular registration.


+ $10 credit card processing fee.

In order to keep costs down, this workshop is a BYOL, i.e. bring your own laptop. Students must be fully proficient using and operating their computers.

To register for a workshop, participants must pay the registration fee in full via card, check or cash.

Prior to the early bird registration deadline of July 12th, 2019, participants may withdraw from the workshop and receive a refund for half of the registration fee. To withdraw from a course, please email info-at-uniondocs.org.

After July 12th, 2019, registration fees are not refundable or transferable. Any withdrawals after the deadline will result in the full cost of registration being forfeit; there will be no exceptions.

In the event that a workshop does not receive sufficient enrollment, it may be canceled. Participants will be notified at least 48 hours prior to the start of a cancelled workshop and will be refunded within 5 business days.

If a workshop is rescheduled, participants are entitled to a full refund. UnionDocs reserves the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change class location and meeting times by up to an hour with 48 hours prior notice.

Please note: Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Friday, Jul 26, – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Latham Zearfoss

PM: Sayre Quevedo

Saturday, Jul 27 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: D’Angelo Madsen Minax – on empathizing with the unreliable narrator.

PM: James N. Kienitz Wilkins – on performativity and discourse.

Sunday, Jul 28 – 10:00a - 5:00p

AM: Farihah Zaman – on voicing the voiceless.

PM: Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich – on how to give voice to a place.

Each day follows this general structure, with some minor variations and substitutions:


Warm up, inspiring references, screenings and listening sessions, eye/ear training.


Presentation by guest speaker + individual work-in-progress critique


Discussion with guest


2 participants present their work / Workshop or Exercise


Lunch (on your own)


Presentation by guest speaker + individual work-in-progress critique


Discussion with guest


2 participants present their work / Workshop or Exercise


Wrap Up


Latham Zearfoss works in Chicago, where they produce time-based images, objects and experiences about selfhood and otherness. Outside of the studio, they contribute to collective motions toward joy and reflection through social projects such as a queer dance party (Chances Dances), a critical space for white allyship (Make Yourself Useful), and an itinerant conference on socially-engaged art (Open Engagement). Latham graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2008 and the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MFA in 2011. They have exhibited their work, screened their videos, and DJed internationally and all over the U.S.

Sayre Quevedo (@sayrequevedo) is a multimedia artist and journalist based in New York City.  He works across mediums to tell stories about intimacy, identity, and human relationships. He is the creator of Re:Construcción, a transnational multimedia exhibit that investigates the impact of the Salvadoran Civil War of the 1980’s. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, Marketplace, BBC Short Cuts, Love Me on the CBC, and Radio Atlas. He is the recipient of a 2018 Third Coast/RHDF Directors’ Choice Award and was a nominee for a 2018 Best Audio Documentary award by the International Documentary Association. His episode for NPR’s Latino USA, ‘The Quevedos’ was named one of the best podcasts of 2018 by Vulture and Indiewire.

D’Angelo Madsen Minax works in documentary and hybrid filmmaking formats, narrative cinema, experimental and essay film, sound and music performance, and media installation. His projects explore queer and trans embodiment, chosen and biological structures of kinship, cosmic phenomena, and technologically mediated experiences, and often draw on his history of participation in justice-oriented communities. D’Angelo Madsen’s works have screened and/or exhibited at spaces including the European Media Art Festival (Germany), the Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Harvard, Yale, The British Film Institute (UK), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and hundreds of LGBT film festivals around the world, from Osaka, Japan to Montevideo, Uruguay. He has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Core Program, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Berlinale Doc Station, Queer|Arts|Mentorship and others. Minax is currently an Assistant Professor of Film and Video Art at the University of Vermont.

James N. Kienitz Wilkins is a filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn. His work has screened in international film festivals and venues including Berlinale (Forum), Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, MoMA PS1, Tate Modern, New Directors/New Films, Camden, and beyond. In 2017, he was included in the Whitney Biennial and a retrospective of his work was showcased at RIDM (Montréal). In 2018, he opened a solo show at Gasworks Gallery (London) and participated in the Biennial of Moving Images (Geneva). Most recently, his work was presented as part of the 2019 Winter/Spring Flaherty NYC, Puzzling, held at Anthology Film Archives. He grew up in Maine and attended the Cooper Union School of Art in Manhattan

Farihah Zaman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, critic, and programmer who is currently the Production Manager for Field of Vision. She began working in the industry as the Acquisitions Manager for indie film distribution company Magnolia Pictures in 2006. Her first feature film is the award-winning documentary Remote Area Medical, followed by the short Kombit (2014 Sundance Film Festival) and second feature This Time Next Year (2014 Tribeca Film Festival). She currently writes for Reverse Shot, Huffington Post, Film Comment, and The A.V. Club, among others.

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich is an experimental filmmaker whose films explore the private lives of women. She is a Princess Grace Award winner in film and her work has received grants from Tribeca Film Institute, Black Public Media, Lower Manhattan Arts Council, Foundation for Contemporary Art, and Glassbreaker Films. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Film and Television Production at Queens College, City University of New York.

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Jul 26, 2019 at 10:00 am
Jul 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm
$285.00 – $295.00


352 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385 United States
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