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The Screen & The Female Gaze

Starts April 9

4 sessions: Saturdays, April 9–30, 10 am–2 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. Expect to be inspired and moved to generate ideas for your next short film. Students should have at least basic cinema production experience to take this course.

Tuition: $270 regular/$205 member/$155 low-income

Jila Nikpay PhotoJila Nikpay is a filmmaker and educator who has produced and directed nine short films funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, IFP Minnesota, and the Puffin Foundation. The stories of her films are inspired by the lives of individuals and communities who are uprooted, dislocated, or in transition due to cultural forces beyond their control. Her films have been screened at the Walker Art Center and various international film festivals as well as broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television. Nikpay was a Fulbright Scholar finalist in 2014 and a film fellow at Syracuse University in 2013 and 2015. She has an M.F.A. in film production and theory from Syracuse University, New York.

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, IFP MN may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal or charge card credit (for phone or in person credit 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 course 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 $15 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $15 administrative fee. 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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April 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am
April 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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April 4, 2016
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4 sessions: Saturdays, April 9–30, 10 am–2 pm