A year ago, Andrew Garrison challenged me to co-create and co-teach a new documentary production class for the RTF - department of Radio, Television and Film of the University of Texas at Austin.
After a few Skype calls and e-mails we came up with a class on Death and Documentary, an intimate and challenging class to illuminate both universal and culturally particular ideas about death and life, through a distinctly hands-on approach to teaching documentary.
The class will be held simultaneously at the UT Austin and at ESMAD, with synchronous classes, seminars and screenings. Andrew and I will discuss student rough cuts from each other’s classes. Besides, we will each provide notes on student work from our partner classes.
Final public screenings in both countries will include the films from both classes.. In this first year, we will visit each other’s class in that host country. Andy will visit Porto in a ten-day period coinciding with the spring break and I will travel to the U.S. to teach at least two classes.
Applications for Death & Documentary at ESMAD are open from 2 to 30 September, 2019.