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.