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Documentary Film-Making and Visual Storytelling for Researchers

A workshop for faculty members and graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Registration will be open through Sunday, 10 November.

Wednesday-Friday, 22-24 January 2020

This intensive three-day workshop, facilitated by Dr. Rachel Eskin Fisher, will help you explore the potential of documentary storytelling for sharing your work with the world. Making a documentary film is not simply a matter of adding pictures to your words. Rather, it requires a visual way of thinking that most academics are not accustomed to, and a storytelling structure that differs from academic persuasion in essential ways. Spend some time immersed in another way of thinking and communicating that opens new opportunities for sharing your work. Participants will emerge from the workshop with a rough draft of a documentary pitch and a broad overview of the documentary film-making process.

Participants will:

  • Experience a mindset shift from “telling” to “showing”
  • Explore the storytelling opportunities in your subject matter
  • Get an introductory step-by-step overview of how to make a documentary film
  • Practice a writing style suited to film pitches

The workshop will consist of hands-on exercises, presentations by Dr. Fisher (including film clips), group discussion, and feedback from Dr. Fisher and from peers.

If you have any questions, please contact PublicsLab director Stacy Hartman at shartman2@gc.cuny.edu.


Rachel Eskin Fisher is the co-producer and co-director of the documentary film Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent. She also co-produced Remembering Oswiecim, a short film that was featured at the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Poland, and she has produced several trailers. She has written four screenplays, two of which have been optioned. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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