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Course Description

The twenty-third annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 2-5, 2020, in downtown Durham. This course will provide a “behind the screens” view of the festival. The sessions are designed to prepare you either to attend the festival or just to enjoy more fully the documentaries you’re already watching. We’ll begin with the most basic question: what is a documentary? We’ll then explore the unique documentary ecosystem that Durham provides, including Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies (producer of the festival) and the Southern Documentary Fund (a nonprofit founded to support filmmakers). As the festival approaches, you’ll learn about the actual films and programs to be featured. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in conversations with documentarians, teachers, and festival organizers. Note: this course is designed for first-time course participants; those who have previously taken this course with Alan should take the Part 2 course listed separately. | Lecture (plus questions); Facilitated discussion; Viewing videos
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