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The Creative Media Institute is four weeks in length, running from July 13 to August 9, 2014.

Students and participants will engage in intensive screening seminars, discussing and debating the films, videos, and new media they watch, and will be asked to record their thoughts and impressions throughout. On alternate weeks, students and participants will take part in creative labs.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the full, four-week program will mentored through the process of creating something new.

Practitioners attending the creative labs will attend workshops and will receive advice and feedback on a work-in-progress. 

Week 1 | Screening Seminar | Cinematic Nonfiction | July 13-19

A small group of working filmmakers, producers, video artists, screenwriters, or critics curate an intensive program (15-20 hours) of screenings. Read more about Cinematic Nonfiction seminar and curator Robert Greene here.

Week 2 | Creative Lab | Creating Nonfiction | July 20-26

Undergraduate students will be split into teams and assigned a local person, place, or process to document during the week. They will attend production workshops in the mornings and head out in the field during the day. At night, the shooting teams will screen dailies for their visiting artist mentors and practitioners.

A small group of practitioners will attend meetings with visiting artist mentors each morning and engage in group feedback sessions during the day. At night, practitioners will attend undergrad dailies and special events.

The featured visiting artist will be filmmaker Ivy Meeropol. Read more about the Creating Nonfiction Lab and Ivy Meeropol here.

Week 3 | Screening Seminar | The Active Camera | July 27-Aug 2

Hot Docs festival programmer Charlotte Cook will curate the a week of screenings dissecting the relationships between journalism, current events, and documentary media. Filmmaker Ken Burns will be the featured visiting artist. Read more about Charlotte and Ken here.

Week 4 | Creative Lab | Editing Nonfiction | Aug 3-9

Undergraduate students will be assigned to a guest artist. Each morning, undergrads will either attend post-production-themed workshops led by guest artists or be given time to edit assigned footage shot during the first creative lab. Each afternoon, students will attend lengthy rough cut feedback sessions of an attending practitioner’s work-in-progress. Each night, undergrads will continue to edit, screen works for one another, and attend special events.

A small group of practitioners will be invited to screen their rough cuts for an equally small group of unique advisors and in turn will be asked to act as advisor during other attending practitioner’s rough cut screenings.

The featured visiting artists will be filmmaker Brett Morgen and producer Erica Huggins. Read more about the Editing Nonfiction Lab and Erica Huggins and Brett Morgen here.





Contact Us

Andrew Hart, Program Director
Creative Media Institute
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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