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Contemporary Documentary Film

Examination of the art, content, technology, and life of documentary film, with a decided emphasis on the American tradition. Explores contemporary filmmaking approaches that fall under broad categorization of “documentary,” showing how documentary filmmakers choose and interpret their subjects, themes, and points of view. Analyzes form, technique, and impact of documentary filmmaking. Taught at Duke Kunshan University. Instructor consent required.

Contemporary Documentary Film: Filmmakers and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Integrated with the films and filmmakers of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The art form, style, and technology of contemporary documentary films. Issues of autonomy and power, politics, and public policies. Analysis of outstanding films from around the world. Presentations and discussions by filmmakers. One course.

History of Documentary Film

Introduction to the history, theory, and styles of nonfiction film and video. Transformation in technologies and their influence on form, from actuality films to contemporary digital documentaries. Documentary’s marginal status and surprising commercial appeal; the mixing of fiction and nonfiction strategies in cultural construction. Use of documentary as a tool for exploring individual identity, filmmaker/subject relationships, and fomenting political change. One course.

Introduction to Film Studies

Basic film theory and history of motion picture technology. Introduction to experimental, documentary, and narrative forms of Third World, European, and United States cinemas. Basic film theory and history of motion picture technology. Introduction to experimental, documentary, and narrative forms of Third World, European, and United States cinemas. Economics and aesthetics. One course.

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