Five College Consortium

Documentary Production

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Art & the History of Art
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 2016 was “Places and Spaces.”  One 3-hour class (some of which will include field shooting and research trips) 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. Spring semester. Professor Montague.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
ARHA-441-01,FAMS-441-01
Schedule #: 
ARHA-441-01-1718S

Course Sections

Documentary Production
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Elliot Montague emontague@amherst.edu W 01:00PM-04:00PM; M 01:00PM-04:00PM FAYE 215; KECC 8