History of Nonfiction Film

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

History of Nonfiction Film

Fall 2020

Taught By: Rebecca Alvin

Section: A

CRN: 3825

Credits: 3

Since 1895, when Thomas Edison filmed his friend Fred Ott's sneeze, there has been intense interest in the ability of motion picture cameras to document our world. Filmmakers have recorded events around them, whether a sneeze or a major historical event, in hopes of gaining a more profound understanding of themselves and their environment. This drive, combined with developments in thought and technology, resulted in what we now call documentary or nonfiction film. This course is an exploration of the history of documentary film from the Lumière brothers to Michael Moore, examining landmark works and presenting various movements, styles, and notions of "truth." This survey equips students with the tools needed to navigate the increasingly complex world of audiovisual information that many unquestioningly accept as truth.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 12:10am 7/10/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/19/2020