FILM 445_Cat2_Version3_DocumentaryFilm.docx - FILM 445\/545 Documentary Film Studies Fall 2016 Tuesdays and Thursday(Lecture 4:00-5:20 PM

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FILM 445/545: Documentary Film StudiesFall 2016Tuesdays and Thursday (Lecture): 4:00-5:20 PM Thursday (Screening): 7:00-10:50 PMCourse credits:This course combines approximately 120 hours of instruction, film screenings, and assignments for 4 credits.Prerequisites:NoneCourse Content: Film 445: Documentary Film Studies examines the worldwide development of documentary filmmaking. We will interrogate the nature, form, and function of non-fiction cinematic forms by analyzing diverse films, filmmakers, and theoretical models, while paying critical attention to social, technological, industrial, aesthetic, and ideological influences. We will study significant modes of documentary including the silent film-era documentary, wartime propaganda, city symphony, political documentary, direct cinema/cinema verité, postmodern documentary, and mockumentary. Rather than following a chronological study of documentary film, we organize our texts under variousthematic rubrics. Finally, we will pay special attention to the cross-fertilization of non-fiction with other filmmaking modes. For instance, we consider the ways in which documentary aesthetics have inflected narrative, or fiction, modes of filmmaking today, and vice versa. Throughout the course, we seek answers to questions: How do documentary conventions mark the “Real”? What are the effects and affects of documentary film? How can documentary film become a tool for social change? Learning Outcomes:Documentary Film Studies engages students in critical thinking about the aesthetic and cultural developments of documentary filmmaking around the world throughout the past century. By examining both Western and non-Western documentary modes and traditions, students will be able to understand film as a global phenomenon and artistic medium. By addressing the significant role documentaries have played in both reflecting and shaping historical, social, and political consciousness, students will better understand and appreciate the diversity of non-fiction film forms across various locations, territories, and nations. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:Recognize and distinguish different documentary traditions, styles, and modes.Interpret and analyze film using a variety of film theories and methodologies.Discuss and describe the basic techniques and conventions of documentary filmmaking.Use and apply film terminology in their examinations of film as an art-form.Identify and explain different social, cultural, historical, and political contexts thatimpact documentary filmmaking around the world. 1
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Learning Outcomes for graduate students: All of the above are also applicable to graduate students, in addition to:Identify and interpret the main issues, themes, and types of discourse in the academic study of documentary filmAnalyze the broad trajectory and evolution of documentary filmmaking in variousnational and transnational contexts throughout the past century
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