There is no better way than non-fiction filmmaking to more deeply know storytelling… and yourself.  If used fully, the craft itself demands that of us.

This course will use case studies from multiple mediums to dig into the craft, understand what it is, and how an intentional and immersive use of the craft can transform material into an experience… for viewers and for yourself, as you go about giving yourself over to the creative process.

The week is not just for documentary enthusiasts, but also illuminates the craft of storytelling for anyone in any audiovisual medium (e.g. interviews, commercials, industrials, weddings, music videos, fiction, radio, etc.), and includes examples from non-documentary mediums.  Whatever your bailiwick or interest – shooting, writing, editing, artful interviewing, etc. - this course will help you better design your work to fully harness its strengths and make good use of its challenges.  Active group discussion and one-on-one time with the teacher, included as well.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125

Instructors

Dana Rae Warren

Dana Rae Warren is a filmmaker, teacher, and consultant with 25 years in the national television documentary and independent film worlds. She enjoys and has developed particular expertise shaping stories in the edit room. Her work includes: Producer Writer on the Peabody Award-winning and twice Emmy-nominated Turner Broadcasting series Moon Shot; Producer Writer Director on multiple episodes for the PBS NOVA Science Now series, including profiles on MacArthur Awardee Edith Widder and National Medal of Science Awardee Lonnie Thompson, as well as on animal intelligence and on the link between exploring space and the deep sea; ongoing award-winning public service such as the tobacco-free campaign, Quit For Your Kids; and Great Expectations, an education series, which aired on The Sundance Channel, won an Emmy and was invited to present at Austin’s SXSW Education Conference.

Dana Rae also works as a Series Supervising Producer for television and Story Consultant, Script Consultant, and Consulting Producer for television and independent feature projects.  Examples include the internationally shot weekly History Channel series Deep Sea Detectives (Series Supervising Producer); History’s 13-part series Tougher in Alaska (Series Consulting Producer and Episode Writer); NOVA’s Hubble’s Amazing Rescue (Script Consultant); and independent films such as Oliver Wilkins Rabbit Hole, premiering at the Camden International Film Festival, the Qatari film Once Upon a Time I Was, and the Egyptian film Words of Witness (Consulting Producer), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

For her independent films, Dana Rae often chronicles stories that unfold over long periods, including Lou of Betty & Lou (ten years in the life of a 93-year-old), Global Citizen, a small town Maine girl grows into international humanitarian worker (starting in Russia at age 14 and continuing through Afghanistan and Kosovo in the 1990s, and now the Middle East at age 39); Prisoner of the Past, about a Lewiston area Jewish-American WWII POW returning to the site of his capture; Her Game, a year in the life a college women's basketball team (selected for IFP's Independent Feature Film Market); and Alleluia Junction: A Community Choir Journeys from Maine to Russia. 

Teaching, collaborating, and consulting, with both professionals and laypeople, is one of Dana Rae’s greatest pleasures. She has worked with both adults and children of all ages for schools and organizations such as The Sundance Institute's program at the International Film & Television School in Cuba, multiple K-12 schools, the international school Maine Media Workshops, University of Southern Maine, University of Rhode Island, and Bates College, as well as corporate & federal entities.

She was previously a Governor’s Appointee to the Maine Film Commission under two governors, and served on the Board of the Camden International Film Festival. Dana Rae graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and, before filmmaking, worked in the social service field, including group homes for kids, and a hotline for women facing violence.

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Course Dates

May 7 to May 13

Tuition

$1095

Class Size

14