July 8 - August 31
Doc Storytelling: Developing Your Story (Jul. 2020)
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Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
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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

Instructor
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories, often with Spanish-language content and frequently for PBS. Her features and shorts have shown at venues like the Sundance, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Locarno Film Festivals, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, New York Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Channel, Al Jazeera, and NHK-Japan. 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. more...
Advisor
Lynn True is a documentary filmmaker and editor, and co-founder of True Walker Productions. Her films include the verité features LUMO (PBS/P.O.V. 2007), about a young woman recovering from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and SUMMER PASTURE (PBS/Independent Lens 2012), which intimately follows a family of nomads in the mountains of eastern Tibet as their pastoral way of life confronts rapid modernization. more...
Advisor
Chloe Gbai is the Director for the IF/Then Shorts program. IF/Then Shorts identifies and supports original, standalone short documentaries by filmmakers working in and representing their communities. Chloe joined IF/Then from American Documentary, where, as the POV Shorts and Streaming Producer, she launched POV Shorts, which earned POV its third documentary short Oscar nomination, two News & Doc Emmy nominations and an IDA Awards nomination for Best Short Form Series. more...
Advisor
Elizabeth Mirzaei is a director and cinematographer of nonfiction films. Her first feature documentary, LAILA AT THE BRIDGE, screened and won awards at dozens of festivals, including Locarno, CPH:DOX, Edinburgh, Sheffield and Santa Barbara. more...

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