Documentary Film for Social Change: Production & Theory
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
Documentary has long been associated with various forms of social change. How and why did this come to be an ideal? What techniques do filmmakers employ to tell their stories of social change? In an immersive learning environment drawing on experiential and theoretical learning, students will explore the relationship between documentary and advocacy by producing a short video for web delivery.
Students will learn leadership skills in the context of media literacy and will work in teams to create a documentary that addresses an aspect of social change of their own choosing. Whether students are interested in international diplomacy, economic rights, environment and ecology, women’s rights, lgbt rights, democracy, worker’s rights, health care, immigration, or any number of other issues, this course will provide students with real world film making skills within a strong academic context. Students will gain both an introduction to documentary studies and engage in creative storytelling and video production. Students will also develop an Action plan related to media literacy, social justice, or leadership that they will take with them after the course. No prior production experience is required. Active listening skills, team work, and a desire to explore social justice issues in a creative context are the foundations for student success in this course.
*Please note: This course has a Material Fee of $50.00.