Producers' Forum

Lourdes Portillo: Stretching the Boundaries of Nonfiction Filmmaking


DATE: Tuesday, November 2; TIME: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Postponed)

Instructor: Lourdes Portillo
Fee: $25. $20 for Scribe members

Due to a personal emergency, Lourdes Portillo will not be able to come to Philadelphia to teach this Master Class. Please stay tuned as we are planning to bring her to Philadelphia at a later date. The screening of her film Al Mas Alla will take place as planned on November 1, 7pm at the Prince Music Theater

Over the course of her 32 year career, Lourdes Portillo has pushed the boundaries of traditional documentary filmmaking. Deploying irony, satire, allegory, poetry, autobiography and even melodrama, Portillo’s unorthodox means of exploring her subject has produced 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. READ MORE.

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Stanley Nelson: The Art of the Interview


DATE: Tuesday, October 12; Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM; FALL 2010

Instructor: Stanley Nelson
Fee: $25. $15 for Scribe members

Testimony from witnesses interviewed in Stanley Nelson's The Murder of Emmett Till (2003) was cited as a major factor in the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to reopen the murder investigation after almost 50 years. In this Master Class, Emmy award winning director Stanley Nelson will show clips from this film and other films he has directed and present strategies for getting the best information from your interviews. Participants will learn how to come up with questions that prompt the most engaging answers, enable interviewee to tell her/his complete story, and how to work effectively with a camera crew.

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Have You Heard From Johannesburg

Directed by Connie Field

Have You Heard From Johannesburg is an epic 7 part documentary chronicling the global struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Directed by two Academy Award nominated Connie Field

Campaign and Mental


Tuesday, January 10 & Wednesday, January 11, 2011
@ International House

Director Kazuhiro Soda in person

Inspired by the direct cinema tradition, Kazuhiro Soda has been developing his own observational method of documentary filmmaking. In January Scribe, presents Campaign and Mental, the first two films in his observational film series.

Campaign (Senkyo) is a riotously funny verité documentary that closely follows a heated election campaign in Kawasaki, Japan, revealing the true nature of "democracy." MORE INFO

Mental (Seishin) is a revealing and devastating look at mental illness, a taboo subject in Japanese society. MORE INFO

Mental (Seishin)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 7:30pm
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$8 seniors/students; $5 Scribe members


International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Director Kazuhiro Soda in person!

Presented in Partnership with Film @ International House and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

Mental (Seishin) is a feature-length documentary that observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, interwoven with patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers, in cinema-verité style. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness prevalent in Japanese society, and captures the candid lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, apprehension, and fear of society.
(Japan/US, 2008, 135 min, Japanese with English subtitles)

Kazuhiro Soda's Campaign screens Monday, January 10, 7PM at the International House MORE INFO

Check out his Master Class on the Observational Method of filmmaking, inspired by the direct cinema tradition and Buddhist philosophy on Tuesday, January 11, 5:00PM at Scribe MORE INFO


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