Documentary Production

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2015
Subject Name: 
Film & Media Studies
Course Number: 
441
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ARHA 441 and FAMS 441.)  Intended for advanced film/video production students, this course will explore creative documentary practice through readings, weekly screenings and production assignments. Each student will complete a series of projects working both as a single maker and in collaboration with other members of the class. Topics may include: shooting the interview; scripting, performance and reenactment; history and narrativity; place and space; ethnography and the “embedded” filmmaker. We will also host visiting filmmakers and, where possible, visit a cultural institution which supports and screens cutting-edge documentary work.


The course will be taught annually but will focus on a set of revolving themes and issues that inform contemporary documentary filmmaking and the critical discourse that  surrounds it. The theme for fall 2015 will be “Ecstatic Truth: Fact versus Fiction.”  One 3-hour class and one evening screening each week.


Requisite: A prior 200-level production course or relevant experience (to be discussed with the instructor in advance of the first class). Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Professor Levine.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
FAMS-441-01,ARHA-441-01
Schedule #: 
FAMS-441-01-1516F

Course Sections

Documentary Production
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Adam Levine alevine@amherst.edu TH 01:00PM-04:00PM; T 07:00PM-10:00PM FAYE 215; KECC 8