Making films in uncertain times

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307DMFUT credit 3 40 workshop hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 45 to 60 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

expanding awareness of filmmaking in new perspectives and its connection with photographic production

Mode of study

Online consultations

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Course contents

Workshop and consultations with Shelly Silver

Filmmaking, especially on a small budget, has always been an uncertain activity. Anything from, will my crew, who I’m not paying or not paying enough, show up to will I be kicked out of the location I need, etc.

And times have always been, for some of us, uncertain.

Certainly filmmaking is far more uncertain at the moment - because of physical distancing, governmental constraints, budgetary constraints, travel constraints...

And also as the times are so uncertain, what any of us will find in front of our lens, when walking outside our front door may be quite uncertain. Or even before that front door has been opened.

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active participation


Shelly Silver is a New York based artist working with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and--increasingly in recent years--the watcher and the watched. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA. Silver has received fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA and Anonymous was a Woman. Her films have been broadcast by BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, and Atenor/Spain, among others, and she has been a fellow at the DAAD Artists Program in Berlin, the Japan/US Artist Program in Tokyo, Cité des Arts in Paris, and at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Silver is Associate Professor and Director of Moving Image, Visual Arts Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

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