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(France) Super 8 Filmmaking in Paris and Midi-Pyrénées

Location: Paris and southwestern France
Faculty: Baba Hillman, professor emerita, Film and Video

Learning Collaborative Theme(s): In/Justice, Media and Technology and Time and Narrative
Course Number: HACU-288S
Departure Date: May 31, 2022 Return Date: June 21, 2022
Course Fee (tentative): $2,300 + airfare and misc. expenses (information about additional expenses and financial aid below)

*Dates & fees are subject to change

Course Summary

This course combines intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory, including workshops on cinematography, hand-processing, animation and editing on Super 8 film. All cameras and equipment are provided. The course has included studio visits with filmmakers, artists and writers including Nicole Brenez, Johanna Vaude, Mike Ladd, and Zoulikha Bouabdellah among others.

Film workshops are taught by Professor Emerita Baba Hillman and by members of French filmmakers’ cooperatives in Paris and in southwest France. In Paris, students attend screenings, performances and exhibits at the Cinématheque Française, Centre Pompidou, L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Le Champo, and Le Centquatre. In Gers and Tarn-et-Garonne, students will participate in workshops with visiting artists and will screen their final films in local cinemas and arts centers. Critical work concentrates on the role of migration and diasporic communities in contemporary transnational film in France through a study of language, performance and visual structure within selected films. Seminars address such topics as changing cinematic representations of the architecture and urban space of Paris, and the politics of film funding, production and distribution in Paris and across the southwest region of Midi-Pyrénées.  The June 2022 course will include a visit with Hampshire Professor Jennifer Bajorek.

Get detailed information and view excerpts from past films on the course website

“During the course, our meetings with filmmakers, artists, and other cultural workers broadened my understanding of the nuances of cultural identity in relation to migration, movement, displacement, hybridity, and cultural exchange. Gaining technical skills in Super 8 filmmaking and simultaneously creating a project that synthesized my thinking gave me a unique and valuable opportunity to think through complex issues in an immediate way,”- Miatta Kawinzi '07S

See what else past participants had to say.

Prerequisites

Introductory film, video, studio art, performance course, or other media practice/theory course. Course events are presented in French and English. There are no language prerequisites. 

Eligibility

Short-term field course eligibility requirements: for Hampshire and non-Hampshire students

Financial Information

Short-term field course finances and fundingImportant information about fees, payments, and financial aid.

Course Fee

Approximately $2,300 includes the following for the full three weeks of the program: tuition/workshops; all cameras, equipment, and film, film processing, and supplies; accommodation and local transportation; some meals, course activities, and orientation costs.

Additional Expenses (costs not included in the course fee)

Approximately $1,500 to include airfare (~$1,000), additional meals ($300), passport expenses, transportation to and from U.S. airport, and personal expenses. 

How to Apply

Short-term field course application deadlines and instructions

Full Course Description

This course combines intensive workshops in Super 8 filmmaking and film theory, including workshops on cinematography, hand-processing, animation and editing on Super 8 film. Critical work will concentrate on the role of migration and diasporic communities in contemporary transnational film in Paris through a study of language, performance and visual structure within selected films. Seminars will address such topics as changing cinematic representations of the architecture and urban space of the city, and the politics of film funding, production and distribution in Paris and across the southwest region of Midi-Pyrénées. 

Each student will shoot, process, edit and project a short Super 8 film. Students will be asked to write a detailed proposal for their projects, with a bibliography of related films and readings. We will study works by contemporary filmmakers who are working in hybrid combinations of poetic, fictional and non-fictional forms and in a context of multiple languages and transnational histories. Students will examine closely the relationships between visual, performative and written language, analyzing these languages in the context of the specific histories and social contexts that have shaped them.

The course will include collaborative exchange with filmmakers from several film distribution and production collectives in Paris, as well as studio visits with artists in the southwest. During the first part of the course, students will participate in film workshops, shoot and process their films, and attend screenings, performances and exhibits at the Cinématheque Française, Le Centquatre, Centre Pompidou, L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Le Champo, and other cinemas, arts centers and museums in Paris. During the second part of the course, we will be based in Saint Antonin Noble Val and Lectoure, where students will edit their films and participate in workshops with artists connected to summer arts festivals and film collectives in the region. Students will screen their final films in Saint Antonin Noble Val and Lectoure and will produce a video to be used in an online presentation for the Hampshire community.

In June 2022 the course will include a visit with Hampshire Professor Jennifer Bajorek, who will speak about her ongoing research and curatorial work in Paris, exploring questions about representation, citizenship, and collaboration in contemporary art practice. Her research offers multiple points of connection with the Super 8 filmmaking curriculum, as well as opportunities to screen work by, and enter into conversation with artists including Bouba Touré, Raphäel Grisey, Sylvain George, and Adel Tincelin.

Academic Program

Cumulative Skills

  • Successfully conceive and complete independent project-based work.
  • Understand and incorporate multiple cultural perspectives on intellectual or artistic subjects.

Academic Expectations & Evaluation

Students will be expected to submit regular evaluations of the course and of their progress in filmmaking. They will also be expected to submit a self-evaluation at the end of the course, as well as a completed film and a critical paper.

Diversity & Multiple Cultural Perspectives

This theory/production course will address changing cinematic representations of the architecture and urban space of Paris, the role of diasporic communities in the city and surrounding suburbs, and the work of transnational, multilingual filmmakers whose films embody a contestation of traditional ideas of French identity and of dominant linguistic and cultural forms. The course includes a series of films that center on the performance of shifts in Parisian cultural identities. The films emphasize the body and the landscape as the primary sites of a daily negotiation of place, language and identity. Participants will study films by West African and Maghrebi filmmakers who are often working between two cities - Paris and Dakar, Paris and Algiers, or Paris and Yaoundé. These filmmakers are often using multiple languages in addition to French. Students will be asked to consider questions of translation and adaptation across languages and what the performance of these languages reveals about the endurance and transformation of cultural practices within immigrant communities in Paris. How is the language of the country of origin spoken differently among different generations of a family? What are the patterns of speech that evolve between two languages, shifting the forms of each language?

Language Learning

This is a bilingual course and will engage students in ongoing work to develop their speaking skills in French. I will be using a number of texts in French and in English translation from French film journals including Cahiers du Cinéma and Bref. Students will be collaborating in workshops with French-speaking filmmakers. Each event, exhibit, and workshop is used as an opportunity to build vocabulary and conversational skills. This approach has been very successful in previous courses.

Community Engagement

Students work with a range of artists and students from diverse communities in Paris and the banlieues, as well as with members of French film collectives in workshops. Artists, curators and independent filmmakers based in Paris present and discuss their work with students.

Program Logistics

Visa and Other Travel Requirements

Valid passport; no visa required for US or EU citizens; students with other passports should consult the website of the French Embassy for information regarding visa requirements and application procedures. All participants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and follow any additional COVID-19 testing and quarantining requirements. 

Program Itinerary

(Subject to Change)

May 31, 2022  Depart the U.S.m arrive Paris/Charles de Gaulle June 1;  Travel by van to Paris.

June 8, 2022 Depart Paris and travel on the TGV from Paris to Toulouse; take train from Toulouse to Laguépie on June 8. Van to Saint Antonin Noble Val on June 8.

June 20, 2022 Depart Saint Antonin Noble Val and travel on the TGV from Toulouse to Paris on June 20.

June 21, 2022 Depart Paris and arrive US June 22, 2022.

Environment,  Level of Physical Activity and Dietary Needs

Temperate climate, no particular travel difficulties. During the Paris course, students will walk several miles a day and also take public transport around the city. The Paris metro is not fully accessible and many metro lines do not have elevators or escalators at the entrances and exits. We are able to accommodate special dietary needs.

Travel Plans

Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport. The group will travel by van to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport, and by train and van to and from southwestern France. Participants must book travel according to the travel requirements provided by the faculty director upon acceptance.

Housing Arrangements

In Paris students will stay at the MIJE Residence, 6 rue de fourcy which is two blocks from the Seine and one block from Metro Saint Paul in the Marais.

In Saint Antonin, students and faculty director will stay together at a rented group house in the village at 126 route de Caussade, Saint Antonin Noble Val.

Pre-departure Preparation

There will be two group meetings to discuss participants' film proposals, academic expectations, country-specific information, and other pre-departure preparations. Students are also required to participate in a session with the Global Education Office on culture and identity, health and safety, study abroad policies, and important travel information.

Questions?

Questions about the application and selection process or financial aid should be directed to the Global Education Office:

Global Education Office
geo@hampshire.edu
413.559.5542

Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to the faculty director:

Baba Hillman
bhillman@hampshire.edu

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