Joel Katz: Documentary Story Structure

Wednesday, February 13, 3:30PM-5:30PM; WINTER 2013

Instructor: Joel Katz
Workshop Location:
Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fee: $25. $15 for Scribe, Gershman Y, and NMAJH members

In this Master Class independent filmmaker Joel Katz will discuss strategies for structuring a documentary. Topics addressed will include chronological vs. thematic structure; story ‘set-up;’ use of foreshadowing and building of anticipation; how to strategically use ‘reveals’ of new story strands or elements; development of ‘voice;’ and how documentary story structure echoes narrative/dramatic story structure.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History


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Joel Katz is presenting two films at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia: Strange Fruit (USA, 2002, 57 minutes) on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm and White: A Memoir in Color (USA, 2012, 59 minutes) on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm. For more info and tickets to these screenings click here

Joel Katz works in experimental and documentary media. His works include Corporation with a Movie Camera (1992, PBS broadcast), Dear Carry (1997, premiere at Museum of Modern Art),Strange Fruit(2002, national PBS broadcast; theatrical release), and White: A Memoir in Color (2012; currently touring).

His projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Independent Television Service, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and numerous other agencies. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2008 and currently is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Media Arts Department of New Jersey City University. Joel has served on the Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel since 1999, and the Black Maria Film Festival since 2011.