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Fall 2018-2019
* URB 202 / JRN 202 / LAO 232 (LA)   na, npdf

Documentary Film and the City

Purcell Carson

Non-fiction film workshop through lens of Trenton's Latinx population, particularly Central American immigrants. Through films, readings, guest lectures, and hands-on filmmaking, students will study history and strategies of migrant populations, culture of remittance between global north and south, and immigration policy. Student collaboration with community partners to research, produce and edit short films. Specific journalistic, ethical, and cinematic challenges of non-fiction filmmaking. Exploring documentary balances between sociological study, mimetic art form, and engaged voice in public media. Two public screenings of student films.

Sample reading list:
Ritchin, Fred, Bending the Frame: Documentary Photojournalism and Citiz
Kramer, Mark; Call, Wendy, Telling True Stories: A Non-Fiction Writers Guide
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to the readings students will watch approximately 90 min/week outside of class. The final product of this class is a 6-8 minute documentary for which students are expected to meet ongoing project deadlines. Students will also complete short editing assignments and write a film proposal, short paper and one-page film responses.

Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 60%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prior filmmaking experience is required. Spanish-language proficiency is helpful, but not required. Seniors must request permission from instructor..

Other information:
This is a CBLI course. Other 60% - final film and related project elements (60%).


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21165 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:8 Limit:12