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June 2017

The Screen & The Female Gaze

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

In this class designed for women of all backgrounds and communities, we turn to female directors such as Lynne Ramsay, Jane Campion, and Claire Denis for inspiration in visual storytelling. We’ll begin by screening selected clips, followed by group discussion to spark ideas for writing a short script. Class participants learn the basic principles of writing a screenplay as well as valuable insights on how to stage a scene, direct actors, and the camera. Participants work with the class members…

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July 2017

Cinema Production Intensive – Focus on Social Message

July 8 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Create awareness. Promote change. This introductory class covers core elements of cinema production as participants create powerful short social issue ads in the process. Students learn HD video camera (Canon C100) and audio gear functionality in the morning and write, shoot, and edit ads in the afternoon. You’ll work behind and in front of the camera to create messages that will focus on perseverance and overcoming obstacles. Participants are encouraged to think about personal or family stories that illustrate perseverance…

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Visual Storytelling & Storyboard

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn how to use storyboard to make your stories engaging. Students are introduced to visual storytelling principles and planning in a storyboard and animatic format applicable to filmmaking and animation. You’ll learn basics of Adobe Animate Creative Cloud software (for Mac) and produce an original story for animation. Students will be encouraged to submit in advance their own short script (maximum of one page/one minute) to be produced in class. A story will be selected based on how relevant, representative,…

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Investigative Documentary Workshop

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Radio reporter and filmmaker Allison Herrera will discuss the ins and outs of tackling an investigative reporting project in this workshop. We'll concentrate on the Native American community in Minneapolis and how media coverage of Native issues is problematic in largely focusing on social ills, protests, or powwows and overlooking many of the complexities behind the headlines. A recent Minneapolis Star Tribune story about heroin overdoses at the Little Earth Housing complex explained some of the problems the Native community…

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August 2017

Presence of the Past: History Documentaries

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

History is here. But too often mainstream media leaves out historic context and leaves behind the history of diverse peoples. Daniel Pierce Bergin will lead an exploration of history documentaries with a focus on voices of diverse people and the power of place. In addition to reviewing the best work in the genre, Bergin will draw the curtain back on his own local award-winning history documentaries. Participants will be introduced to researching historical content and visual materials, ways to craft…

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