July 8 - August 31
Doc Storytelling: Developing Your Story (Jul. 2020)
Registration is open until July 31, 2020

Learn the steps for developing a feature documentary--from conception and prep through production--with an accomplished documentary filmmaker as your guide. Participants should come prepared for this eight-week live, online course with a project that you plan to produce and/or direct. Crafting a compelling proposal for funders is a key goal of the course. Sessions include presentations, discussion, interactive exercises, and a panel discussion with documentary funders. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, July 8 - August 31
  • SCHEDULE: Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm PT
    • Extended first class session: Wednesday, July 8, 10am - 1pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between August 24-30
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 17 at 2pm PT

Course applications are now being accepted. 


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Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories. Feature documentary and short film credits include NEW MUSLIM COOL, DAISY AND MAX, PAULINA, MESSAGE TO ZAIRE/THE TALK, HOME FRONT, STREET KNOWLEDGE 2 COLLEGE, VISITING DAY, and REDNECK MUSLIM. Jennifer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is also the Director of Graduate Studies for the Social Documentation MFA program. more...

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