Let a master documentary filmmaker help you take your work-in-progress to a new level.

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DOCUMENTARY MASTER CLASS  Sept. 15-21  (immediately following The Camden International Film Festival)

The rise of documentary film is evidenced by its increased presence in film festivals, theaters, on broadcast outlets, and on the web.

This one week master class is for filmmakers and advanced students who want to sharpen their work with the mentoring of a master documentary producer and filmmaker. The class will specifically address how to improve works-in-progress. Participants should have completed at least one long or short form documentary before coming to this class. The work-in-progress can be a film with dailies available to show or can be in a written format (proposal, treatment, script).    

The class will consider conceptualization, development, research, how to focus the story and structure, scripted and non-scripted storytelling, ethics, interviewing as relationship, how to balance multiple stories, and much more.  You will also go deep into the dynamics of launching and financing a project: crafting a bulletproof pitch and logline, synopses, treatments, key production elements, budgeting, and identifying funding resources and distribution opportunities.  Work by the instructor and other documentarians will be analyzed.

In addition to their work-in-progress, students are welcome and encouraged to bring one of their finished documentaries to screen for critique and discussion. You will also have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions with the instructor.  By week’s end, participants will have re-evaluated and improved their projects, and enriched their palette with tips and guidelines from this accomplished award-winning documentary filmmaker.

TUITION INCLUDES AN ALL ACCESS PASS TO THE CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!  The Documentary Master Class immediately follows the festival.

TUITION:  $1,350  (INCLUDES AN ALL ACCESS PASS TO CIFF)This workshop was created in partnership with the Camden International Film Festival. Tuition includes an All Access Pass (worth $225) to the 2019 Camden International Film Festival and the Points North Documentary Forum. Recognized as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world, CIFF brings the finest nonfiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing over 80 documentary feature and short films from around the globe each fall. The Points North Documentary Forum, which runs concurrently with the festival, is dedicated to providing emerging documentarians with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration. Programs include the Points North Pitch, masterclasses, workshops, panels and one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s leading funders, distributors and producers. Past participants include representatives from HBO, A&E, BBC, Participant Media, Al Jazeera America, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.

Image Credit: Hannah Drabin, Header Image:  Amanda Piela

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Instructor: Heather Winters

Heather Winters is a film producer, director and writer and a two-time Sundance-winning executive producer. Heather executive produced Morgan Spurlock's Academy Award® nominated and Sundance-winning documentary, Super Size Me, and Anthony Haney-Jardine's Sundance-winning dramatic feature, Anywhere, U.S.A.  Her other producing credits include Michelle Memran's The Rest I Make Up (Best Movies of 2018, The New Yorker), AJ Schnack's, Convention, (IFC/Sundance Selects), Class Act (Morgan Spurlock Presents), and Jim Killeen's Google Me. In 2013, she made her directorial debut with TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro, about legendary songwriter and music producer Desmond Child's journey to parenthood. Television credits include ThunderCats, Silverhawks, The Comic Strip, and MTV's Real World. Heather is a film professor at Sarah Lawrence College where she teaches producing, development and pitching for film and TV, and documentary filmmaking. She is the founder of White Dock and Studio on Hudson production companies.