With the rise of documentaries, in theaters, in press coverage, in the public consciousness, I'm taking up the nonfiction mantle myself to teach a course this summer at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies on the History of the Modern Documentary. While the name may sound staid (it's changing in the future), I'm planning to make the course less a history lesson and more an examination of the filmmaking practices and various aesthetic strategies that have gone into the best (primarily American) documentaries, from "Salesman" to "The Thin Blue Line," "Crumb" to "Grizzly Man," "Sherman's March" to "Tarnation." I'm also hoping to enlist the help of some real live documentary filmmakers to come in and offer advice to the next generation of nonfiction artists. If you're interested or know someone who might be, please direct them to the link. Classes run May 16 - August 8.
By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik April 26, 2007 at 3:55AM