due April 12

Shoot a 30-60 seconds Doc Postcard. It should be uncut, with no text on screen, no graphics, music or special effects except if they are part of the scene you observe.

As any good postcard it should have some sort of revelation, not necessarily intellectual, could be emotional or visual: an insight, an emotional event, (something that changes the character), or a visual rhyme.

Post it on YouTube and then embedded in a post on the website, so we can see them all together quicker.  Check the following categories: Your Name and Doc Postcard.

The themes are: GRAVITY and/or POWER (but feel free to do your own theme)

After we come back from our shoot on location we’ll watch them.

Next class we will be shooting observational documentaries “on location” then reconvening in class at 11.30 in room 242 of the Library to look at footage and discuss Final Projects.

at 10:00AM

Group 1 (Seth)
Meet outside in front of library


Group 2 (Luca)
Meet at Prospects Park stop on Q train

Group 3 (Irina)
In front of Apple store 123 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center station)

Group 4 (Mobina)
the bench next to DiFaras on the corner of E.15th street and Avenue J. It’s right near the Avenue J subway stop for the Q train and also accessible via the B6 or B11 bus.

Faculty, join us at any location, if you want.

What is documentary?

What forms can it take, and what can it do? What is the relationship between documentary, truth, and fiction, especially in an era of “fake” news? These are some of the questions this co-taught course will pursue. Documentary looks different depending on what questions we ask about it. We will examine documentary as a form of advocacy, as a mode of community-based participatory media, as an avenue of autobiographical expression, as a way of engaging with history, and as a way of creating empathy. Throughout, we will address the relation of documentary film, photography, and writing to authenticity, evidence, and social responsibility.

If you are interested in documentary, in the relationships between representations, truth, and fiction and want to grow/challenge your creative and intellectual abilities in conversation with other like-minded students and professors, this course is for you!