This two-week immersion into documentary studies offers students a hands-on introduction to video production as one way to address concerns about the world. Students will learn documentary history and imagine future directions as they research, shoot, and edit collaborative projects. The course will cover camera technique, interviewing strategies, recording and mixing sound, and non-linear editing. Daily screenings of innovative documentary works and visits from several local makers will provide students with a diverse array of strategies and distribution models. The course is designed for students with a range of experience with video, including none at all. Curiosity, teamwork, and a desire to creatively explore social justice issues are the foundations for student success. This institute is open to high school students and 2014 graduates ages 15-18.
The Documentary Filmmaking Summer Institute is a partnership between the Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Alliance for Community Transformation, and the the UMass Amherst History Department.
EE MIller is an interdisciplinary artist whose video work has shown internationally. She has produced media for a variety of formats including radio, web-based archives, and installation. EE has been teaching video production at the Five Colleges since 2011. She has produced and consulted for artists and organizations working on a variety of pressing social issues including prison abolition, disability rights, environmental degradation, domestic violence, and LGBT visibility.
To get a look at what it's like to be a student at this institute, check out these clips from a variety of films that will be screened during the program: