World Cinema Immersion (Online)
Starts July 30
8 sessions: Thursdays, July 30-September 17, 7-9pm
This online course takes students on a journey around the world through the films of different cultures, visiting a new country each week. We’ll study the specific aspects of that culture, the social change that influenced the selected film for viewing, and how the cinema movement influenced the future of all films. There will be lecture and discussion, readings, film viewings, plus DIY exercises to do at home outside of class to experiment with some of the different film innovation styles discussed. The journey includes:
- Italy/Italian Neorealism (The Bicycle Thief – De Sica)
- Germany/German Expressionism (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Wiene; Metropolis – Lang)
- France/French New Wave (The Gleaners and I – Varda; Day for Night – Truffaut; Amélie – Juenet)
- Africa/Cinema of Algeria and Morocco
- Spain/Spanish New Cinema (All About My Mother – Almodovar)
- Iran/Iranian New Wave and the impact of the cultural revolution (Children of Heaven – Majidi)
- Brazil/Cinema Novo (City of God)
- Japan/Japanese Animation and the impact of WWII (Spirited Away – Miyazaki)
- China and Hong Kong/martial arts movies and Chinese history (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Lee)
(Where multiple titles are listed, one will be selected for class viewing and discussion.)
NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is highly recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. A few days prior to the class start date we’ll e-mail you the link and ID code needed to access this class on Zoom. Your instructor will be provided a student roster to take attendance. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more.
Tuition: $125 / $95 low-income
As a child, Barbara Wiener first wanted to be an astronaut but discovered that motion sickness would be a hindrance to successful completion of the training. Instead, she found herself drawn to telling the stories of the world around her. Barbara believes human beings are hardwired as a species to respond to stories and images in emotional ways. That means our modern media has significant influence to shape how we see ourselves and others. She believes sharing visual stories has the power to create the world we want to live in. That’s where making films comes in.
Barbara’s career in film and television and teaching has spanned 31 years. She was a senior and executive producer for 14 years at Twin Cities Public Television and has completed many independent feature documentaries since that time. Her arts and cultural documentary and performance work has received many awards including six Midwest Emmys and a Ciné Golden Eagle for her documentary film, Ida’s Story. Her work been seen in broadcast and screenings around the world, including the Walker Art Center’s Women with Vision, the New York International Film Festival, Chicago Silver Screen Film Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair, Denver Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival, which featured a piece called Curious George Goes to Hell made with storyteller Kevin Kling.
In 2000 Barbara founded TVbyGIRLS, a nonprofit that collaborates with and mentors teen girls using the tools of filmmaking to develop critical thinking, leadership, and social change film work. Films made by collaborations with girls have been seen by audiences around the world and been awarded with four Telly Awards and a nomination for a student Emmy award. TVbyGIRLS is presently working on developing a compassion-building program with films for use by teachers, parents, and youth leadership groups, using new VR technology.
Barbara also teaches college students to think about films and our society at North Hennepin Community College and does work with AJ+, Zinc Video, and Pear Video in Shanghai, China. She is currently working on a short film about a Keiseki restaurant in Minneapolis, a series of portraits of visual artists for Inclusivi-tee, and a film on a family’s journey through their dad’s transgender process.
Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy
- Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
- If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 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 within 2 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 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. 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. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes).
- Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.