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The Screen & The Female Gaze

Starts October 11

6 sessions: Thursdays, October 11–November 15, 6:30–10 pm

The classical Hollywood cinema and its realist approach has become the norm against which all other alternative film practices are measured. In this class we turn to European woman directors for storytelling inspiration. We’ll begin by screening selected clips, followed by group discussion, to spark ideas for writing scenes. In the second session, participants bring a scene they’ve written for feedback and revision. In the last two sessions, the scenes are rehearsed, blocked, shot, and screened. You can expect to be inspired and moved to generate ideas for your next short film. Students should have at least beginning-level film production experience to take this course.

Tuition: $320 regular/$240 member/$180 low-income

Jila Nikpay‘s narrative and documentary films explore the dynamics of power between the individual and the society. Her short films include, Dreaming with Lola (2016), Happy Republic (2015), Divided (2014), Ways of Becoming (2013), Hour of the Dark (2011), In Waiting (2008), Labyrinth (2007), Rhythm of Tides (2007), Keepers of the Garden (2004), and Shroud and Torrent (2003). Nikpay’s films have been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, FilmNorth, the Puffin Foundation, and screened at the Walker Art Center and various international film festivals. Dreaming With Lola (2016) has been broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), and screened at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, Austin Asian American Film Festival, Walker Art Center Cinema, and other venues.

Nikpay has an M.F.A. in Film Production and Film Studies from Syracuse University, New York. Currently, she teaches at Augsburg University film department.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal (online registrations, minus PayPal fee) or credit/debit card (phone or in person credit/debit card registrations) within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class if scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
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October 11 @ 6:30 pm
November 15 @ 10:00 pm
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Jila Nikpay
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October 9, 2018
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6 sessions: Thursdays, October 11–November 15, 6:30–10 pm