What makes an unforgettable character in a documentary? Whether charming or appalling, goal-driven or existential, heart-on-their-sleeve or maddeningly opaque, many people (either ordinary or extraordinary) have the potential to be transformed into complex and memorable documentary characters. What should you look for when casting a documentary? What fiction techniques can inspire directors to explore the literary characteristics of real people in imaginative ways? How do conflict, struggle, and change figure into forging an emotional connection between a character and an audience? When should the director consider making themselves a character? And how do you create a character out of someone malicious, uncooperative, or no longer living?
Flaws And All: Character In Documentary will explore all of these questions and more, in a lively and rich three-day workshop led by director Lana Wilson (The Departure, After Tiller), featuring a bevy of award-winning filmmakers as special guests: Ezra Edelman (Director, O.J.: Made In America), Kaitlyn Greenidge (New York Times contributing writer, Author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Penny Lane (Director, Hail Satan? and NUTS!), David Teague (Editor, Life, Animated, The Departure), and Matt Wolf (Director, Recorder, Teenage).