Master Class

Ursula Rucker Poetry for the Camera

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DATES: Thursdays, July 29, August 5, 12; TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM; SUMMER 2010

Instructor: Ursula Rucker
Fee: $120. $96 Scribe Members

Poetry, performance and video documentary are allied art forms in the age of hip hop. In this writing workshop, conducted by world renowned poet and recording artist Ursula Rucker, participants will mine from their life experiences to create performance works for the camera, paying particular attention to the sound and rhythm of words. The workshop will culminate in the video documentation of participants’ new poetry works.

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Festival Programmer’s Confidential – A workshop for independent filmmakers

DATE: Saturday June 26; TIME: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Instructor: Linda Blackaby
Fee: $25. $20 for Scribe and PIFVA members

After a mighty effort, you are nearing completion of your film and starting to face what’s next: How to send it out into the world.

Perhaps you’ve developed a distribution strategy, but are now confronted by a bewildering number of diverse film festivals. This workshop will provide an overview of the film festival world, how festival programmers make their decisions, discuss some general things about film festivals you need to understand, and present strategies for navigating a course that’s best for you and your film.

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Programming Arts and Craft

DATE: Saturday, June 26; TIME: 2:00-4:00 PM SPRING 2010

Instructor: Linda Blackaby
Fee: $25. $20 for Scribe and PIFVA members

A workshop for film and video programmers and curators

Film festivals and cultural film/video exhibition are not only something of an utopian enterprise, they have been called out as “one of the last hopes for [media] democracy”, by critic B. Ruby Rich. Programmers and curators have considerable responsibility – to the artists, the art, their community and audience, themselves (their vision or cause), and their colleagues, just for example. This workshop will explore ideas and best practices of the challenging work of programming film and video work for the public.

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Non-Fiction Film and the Collage Aesthetic

DATE: Saturday, June 12 TIME: 3:00 - 5:00PM SPRING 2010

Instructor: Rea Tajiri
Fee: $25. $20 Scribe & PIFVA members

In this Master Class filmmaker Rea Tajiri will discuss her approach to "collage aesthetic" which she has adopted as a creative process and auto ethnographic form. This form utilizes research, journaling, use of found archival materials; including photographs, film clips, advertisements, movement, and audio.

Participants should bring photographs, films which strike a chord, observed movement, recorded sounds in any media, music, and a notebook.


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Rights Free Archival Footage and Stills

Where are the treasures and how can I get my hands on them?

DATE: Thursday, April 29 TIME: 7:00– 9:00 PM; SPRING 2010

Instructor: Bonnie G. Rowan
Fee: $25. $20 for Scribe Members

Interested in doing a project that might involve using historical or archival footage and stills? Don't know what obstacles and costs might be involved given our copyright clearance culture?

D.C. based Media Historian and Researcher Bonnie G. Rowan presents an overview of, and strategies for, searching the collections at the National Archives, the Library of Congress and other sources of rights-free visuals. She will also explain the intricacies of using materials under the Fair Use doctrine.

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