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Documentary Film Immersion [Virtual]

Starts January 27

8 sessions: Thursdays, January 27-March 17, 7-9pm CST

Discover some of the most astonishing documentary films made over the last 100 years from around the world. We’ll examine various styles and techniques, subject matters, and ethics through viewing and discussing films, film clip analysis, and conversations with documentary filmmakers.

We’ll explore the work of acclaimed directors like Robert Flaherty, Agnès Varda, Michael Moore, Dziga Vertov, Errol Morris, Kirsten Johnson, the Maysles brothers, Laura Poitras, Joshua Oppenheimer, Wim Wenders, Leni Riefenstahl, Dawn Porter, Barbara Kopple, Julia Reichert, Marcel Ophuls, Ruby Yang, and Frederick Wiseman.

The course will also address Issues around class, race, gender, culture, political and social history, and the power of true stories. Documentary making exercises will be offered for students who wish to experiment with their own filmmaking. If you’re looking for lively, mind-stretching conversations and ideas about nonfiction film, this is the class for you. Open to all levels.

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $285 regular | $215 member | $160 low-income

Barbara Wiener is a documentary filmmaker with over three decades of experience. She specializes in cultural, art, and social justice topics. She has told visual stories on topics ranging from a revolutionary coup in The Gambia to a service dog training program in a Wisconsin prison. After 14 years as a documentary producer/director with public television, Barbara founded TVbyGIRLS and worked with teens to create girl leadership and social justice films. She is the recipient of six Emmy awards, A Ciné Golden Eagle for her documentary Ida’s Story, and many international screenings including those at the Women of Vision festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and the BBC-channel four. Barbara also works as a teaching artist with students 55+ to explore film and creativity and was a recent speaker with Women Repair the World. She is currently working on a project about a community choir in the time of Covid called Singing Kindness and a documentary about incarcerated artists at Stillwater Prison with the Art from the Inside project.

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.




January 27 @ 7:00 pm
March 17 @ 9:00 pm
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8 sessions: Thursdays, January 27-March 17, 7-9pm CST