Producers' Forum

Robert Shepard: Cinematography for the Documentary


DATE: Wednesday, April 6; TIME: 7:00PM - 9:00PM; SPRING 2011

Instructor: Robert Shepard
Fee: $25. $20 Scribe Members

The art of documentary style cinematography is a mixture of composition, camera movement, lighting and control of contrast. This Master Class with acclaimed cinematographer Robert Shepard is designed for working professionals and film/video students, addressing their production needs and will explore lighting and setting up a documentary style interview and lighting for mise-en-scène style situations. Mr. Shepard will also demonstrate how to create a key light for under fifty dollars.

NOTE: Registrants for this Master Class can also attend Shepard's in-person screening of the When The Spirits Dance Mambo, Tues 4/5, 7PM at International House for free which features a post film discussion with Shepard. Read more about film.

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Lourdes Portillo: Stretching the Boundaries of Nonfiction Filmmaking


DATE: Thursday, April 7; TIME: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM; SPRING 2011

Instructor: Lourdes Portillo
Fee: $25. $20 Scribe Members

Over the course of her 32 year career, Lourdes Portillo has deployed irony, satire, allegory, poetry, autobiography and even melodrama to make lyrical, visually intriguing, and entertaining award-winning films. Portillo’s Master Class will consist of a survey of the creative strategies that she used in some of her most cutting edge documentaries -- from conception to the final editing phase. She will also discuss with participants their respective proposals and together look for new and innovative ways of approaching their documentaries.

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Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
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$8 students/seniors; $5 Scribe, NAACP and Reelblack members


Ibrahim Theater at International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Directed by Bestor Cram & Judy Richardson

Judy Richardson in person

Presented in partnership with Film @ International House, Swarthmore College, NAACP, Reelblack, University of Penn Makuu Black Cultural Center, NAACP UPENN Chapter; and The Black Professionals News publication.

Freedom Riders

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
7:30PM @ International House

Director Stanley Nelson in person

Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders’ belief in non-violent activism was sorely tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way.

Stanley Nelson will also teach "The Art of the Interview", a Master Class on strategies for getting the best information from your interviews on October 12, 5PM-7PM at Scribe Video Center.


Al Más Allá


Al Más Allá
Monday, November 1, 2010
7PM @ Prince Music Theater

After absconding with illegal drugs that wash ashore on the Mayan coast, three Mexican fishermen sell them to the corrupt local police for a handsome sum. An experimental documentary that uses fictional elements, Al Más Allá places the personal moral degeneration of the fishermen in the political context of a nation struggling on the edge of the global economy. Lyrical, visually intriguing, and entertaining, Al Más Allá is at once reportage into the expansive world of drug trafficking across Mexico and an ironic indictment of the cult of the documentary filmmaker whose romantic visions of herself and her mission often obscures the very truth she seeks. MORE INFO

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