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A Discussion of Documentary Ethics

Starts March 11

In-person. 1 session: Saturday, March 11, 10am-1pm

Documentary ethics is an essential concern for any documentarian who wants to be taken seriously. With roots in ethnography, journalism and fiction film, the way is not always clear and practitioners often walk a careful line. This workshop will require screening of at least two documentaries prior to our meeting (the instructor will provide titles and viewing options in advance via email). Through those films, and examples from other documentaries, we’ll explore the questions that face all documentarians.

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.
  • Masks are available for students who need them (one per student per class).

Tuition: $90 regular | $70 member | $50 low-income

Julie Parroni, MFA Maryland College Institute of Art, is a documentary film editor and multi-media artist who has taught media production and editing at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Howard University in Washington DC.

Prior to teaching, Parroni worked for over 20 years as a documentary film editor in New York City. Her professional career has been devoted to documentary with a few exceptions. She has worked with diverse directors on a wide range of projects for public, network and cable television, movie theaters, and museums. Throughout her career, she has worked in all phases of production, from research and pre-production to videography and sound recording, to picture and sound editing. 

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




March 11
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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1 session: Saturday, March 11, 10am-1pm