Eco Cinema: Documenting Modern Culture in Theory and Practice
The catastrophic effects of modern culture on our bodies and the environment have become the subject of a 21st century film and media movement ranging from Showtime sponsored television programs to independent filmmakers who take their own bodies as “visible evidence” of environmental and physical crisis. During the first half of the quarter we will scrutinize and assess this late 20th and early 21st century film movement.
During the second half of the course, each member of the class will produce a short documentary film of his/her own. You will be expected to engage in the rigorous research (often archival) practices necessary to interview subjects and prepare a “visual argument,” and you will learn to write a short non-fiction script that will be shot and edited in a fiveweek period.