Contemporary Documentary

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Contemporary Documentary
Spring 2024
Taught By: Peter Lucas
Section: A

CRN: 14298

Credits: 3

Documentary has never been more popular or controversial than it is today. The availability of low-cost, accessible digital media technology has helped foster a renaissance in documentary practice. And as new tools like cell phones, go-pro cameras, and high-end HD equipment expand the technical boundaries of an art form, pressing issues and artistic possibilities command the attention of media makers around the globe. Works selected for screening and discussion will address a broad range of topics from political revolution to personal exploration and offer an equally broad array of formal approaches. Screenings and discussions will focus on work made in the last five years. We will explore the documentary in some of its many guises: such as essay, social advocacy, investigative journalism, (auto)biography, propaganda, narrative, and creative experiment. The course examines ongoing debates over documentary ethics and aesthetics, considering such problems as the use of archival footage, fair use standards, staging and reenactments, self-reflexivity, and hybrid forms that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. Drawing on the legacy of documentary pioneers and the inspiration of today's innovators and iconoclasts, this course will explore many of the issues and ideas driving the documentary film today. Invited guests may feature filmmakers, programmers and critics. Past guests have included: Wu Wenguang (China), Jill Godmilow (USA), Bill Viola (USA), Yonghi Yang (Japan/Korea), Nathaniel Dorsky (USA), Agnes Varda (France), Janus Metz (Denmark), Ido Haar (Israel), and Akram Zaatari (Lebanon), among others.

Please note this course was formerly titled "World Documentary Today." Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 2:42am EDT 6/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 101
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024