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Personal Narrative and the Short Documentary is a Course

Personal Narrative and the Short Documentary

Oct 20 - Dec 2, 2021
6.0 credits

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$450 Enroll

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Instructor: Perrin Kerns

Documentaries such as Ross McElwee's Sherman's March, Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I, and Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell helped usher in a self-reflective turn in documentary storytelling. What happens to the documentary form when a filmmaker turns the gaze on themselves and their own story? How does the documentation of the personal address larger cultural issues, and what is the nexus between the personal and the political?

During the first part of the course we will discuss this particular documentary form, and then each student will produce their own short personal documentary (10 minutes max). Participants will craft and record first-person narratives; collect still images, video, and music to deepen those narratives; and follow a process—through peer response and instructor support—as they edit their stories. We will work with iMovie as our suggested editing tool. (12 hours / All Levels)

This class will meet Wednesdays 6:00 to 8:00 pm ET.