Planning a Low Budget Documentary


DATES: thursday, August 28, September 4, 11, 18
TIMe: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Insturctor: Anula Shetty
Fee: $75; $85 with Rea Tariji's Master Class and Screening

Have an idea for a video documentary project? Learn how to develop and break down your idea into one-page treatment, create project production schedules and a sample budget. Ideal workshop for first time videomakers at the start of their projects!

Lordville directed by Rea Tajiri


Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 PM
International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia Premiere, Rea Tajiri in attendance
$10; $7 Students/Seniors; $5 Scribe and IHP members

Lordville is an experiential, sense-driven film - a reading of landscape and culture through the lens of historiography. In this hybrid-documentary, director Rea Tajiri asks "what does it mean to own the land?" This small New York State town was founded in the 1800s on a complex and problematic exchange between Native American and settler communities. The film features environmental scientist Tom Wessels who reads timelines through growth patterns of trees. Native American genealogist Sheila Spencer Stover gives an account of her relative, Betia Van Dunk, a Minisink woman who married a founder of Lordville but was unable to inherit their property. A lush environmental soundtrack weaves throughout culminating in a boundary-shifting flood. (USA, 2014, 67 min.)

Presented in Partnership with International House Philadelphia
Co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University

Rea Tajiri: The Essay Film
Wednesday, September 10, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut Street, 3 FL.
$20 General; $10 for Scribe members

Rea Tajiri’s eclectic body of film work include personal essay documentaries - History & Memory (1991) and Lordville (2013) – that draw from official histories, dominant cultural narratives, memories of the living, and spirits of the dead to destabilize conventions of historiography. In this Master Class, Tajiri will discuss how she uses the personal essay documentary to reimagine and recreate collective histories that have been submerged, lost, and stolen.

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