Experiments in Documentary

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Experiments in Documentary

Fall 2018

Taught By: John Bruce and Genevieve Yue

Section: A

CRN: 7402

Credits: 4

The designation of “nonfiction” presumes a distinction with fiction: truth versus fabrication, and in film, documentary versus narrative feature. This course takes up the general understanding of nonfiction to denote documentary works that purport to represent, interrogate, and sometimes intervene in concrete political realities, but it also addresses a broader range of nonfiction films, including educational films, personal or diary reels, propaganda, and other non-theatrical forms. This course will investigate the truth claims made by nonfiction films, their rhetorical modes of address, and their interactions in the specific institutional and social spaces in which they circulate. More than mere vehicles for delivering information, students will survey a range of historical and contemporary nonfiction work to better understand the broad and complex range of the form, including ethnographic, activist, newsreel, and lyrical modes of filmmaking, as well as the “avant-doc” in moving image installation artwork.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:40pm 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 464

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/10/2018

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018