Art & History of Documentary

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Art & History of Documentary

Spring 2021

Taught By: Silvia Vega-Llona

Section: A

CRN: 2687

Credits: 3

Documentary filmmaking is a broad and diverse cinematic form that variously informs, delights, angers, touches, provokes, calls to action, shapes attitudes, and challenges assumptions. This introduction to the genre of ostensibly non-fiction filmmaking begins with the earliest actuality films of the Lumiere brothers and moves through the deployment of various documentary modes and aesthetics including propagandic, expositional, direct cinema, poetic, performative and self-reflexive explorations of film truth. The course examines how changing technology, shifting social and political realities, and the personalities and talents of influential individuals have continually re-defined what documentary means. Ethical as well as aesthetic issues are considered. Throughout the class, as we survey the art and history of documentary filmmaking, we supplement our viewing of various films with reading, written response, and discussion.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

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: 1:25am 7/15/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 601

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021