Experimental Documentary: Non-fiction Revisited


In recent years the documentary genre has continually revised itself. New technologies have propelled artists towards more experimental or artistic forms. Exploring the porous boundary between film forms and the influence of fiction on non-fiction storytelling, films such as ACTOR MARTINEZ, THE LAST SEASON, or BOONE raise questions around the assumption of documentary "truth." Lush cinematography, meticulous sound design and unconventional story structure give shape to contemporary documentary forms. In this class, students will view and discuss short films and feature excerpts that hybridize documentary realism and narrative structures. Filmmaker Ian Clark will lead the class and local documentarian Cambria Matlow will guest lecture about her film WOODSRIDER. Clark is a filmmaker whose diverse portfolio includes narrative and documentary works that have screened major festivals around the world. He is also the Program Director of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, which celebrates emerging forms of independent cinema.

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