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Mdocs Postcard- Summer 2017, Storytellers' Institute, Jesse Wakeman, Jordana Dym Jul 2017

Mdocs Postcard- Summer 2017, Storytellers' Institute, Jesse Wakeman, Jordana Dym

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2017 Storytellers’ Institute

Each year the MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute celebrates documentary work and practice around a centralized theme. For the inaugural Institute in 2015 we explored whose stories get told, delving into family and storytelling. In 2016, the Institute considered what constitutes documentary, considering the lines between fact and fiction. For the third Institute in June 2017, MDOCS invited documentary creators whose work engages with the where of documentary, the operation of SPACE & PLACE.

Spaces matter: streets, kitchens, forests, schools, offices, hospitals, mountaintops, ocean floors. Anywhere that people live, work, play, worship, create, and cross provides the context of our experience. Through human activity these spaces become places, rich with memory and meaning. Physical and human geographies establish boundaries, promoting or limiting access to individuals, inclusion and exclusion.

“People think that geography is about capitals, land forms, and so on. But it is also about place —
its emotional tone, social meaning, and generative potential.”

— Yi-Fu Tuan, Professor Emeritus of Geography, U-W Madison

Communicating the understanding of space, place, and spatial relationships is a fundamental part of documentary work. Documentary interprets, navigates and represents unmediated spaces and constructed places, evoking them as claustrophobic and expansive, natural and built, accessible and forbidden, privileged and marginalized, permeable and bounded. From the expansive beauty of Yosemite to the constrained lives of Japanese Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Center photographed by Ansel Adams, to Jacques Cousteau’s underwater explorations in film to The Pulse of the Planet radio series placing its listeners in natural environments.

The 2017 Storytellers’ Fellows and visitors guided audiences through places they have never been or could experience anew through the eyes, ears, and work of others; who map and remap paths taken and avoided, borders made and transgressed; who refocus our gaze or open our ears to provide new understanding and insights into ...


Mdocs Postcard-2016-09-01, Storytellers' Institute Seeking Director, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman Sep 2016

Mdocs Postcard-2016-09-01, Storytellers' Institute Seeking Director, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman

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Seeking: MDOCS Storytellers' Institute Director for summer 2017.

Documentary makers, programmers, and leaders ready to help today's documentary creators bring their visions to fruition in a hybrid creative-academic context.


Mdocs Flyer-2016-09-01, Storytellers' Institute Application, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman Sep 2016

Mdocs Flyer-2016-09-01, Storytellers' Institute Application, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman

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Do you have a documentary story to tell?

Join us this summer.

Invitation to students and faculty working on an evidence-based, research-driven, creative project in any medium (audio, video, photo, writing, etc.)- to apply to the Storytellers' Institute for summer 2017, May 30-June 30.


Mdocs Poster-2016-06-09, Festosium 2016, Jesse Wakeman Jun 2016

Mdocs Poster-2016-06-09, Festosium 2016, Jesse Wakeman

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Festosium™ (n). A gathering that combines the best elements of a festival to showcase and a symposium to bring together a small group of scholars and artists to engage with intellectual and creative work.

MDOCS’ inaugural festosium will be held June 10–12, 2016, with filmmakers, audio creators, visual artists, and virtual reality designers presenting recent documentary work that interrogates the division between fact and fiction, truth and reality.

All events are hosted at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum on the Skidmore College campus. Everything is free and open to the public.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 9

8 p.m ...


Mdocs Poster-2016-06-02, Storytellers' Adapting Reality For Stage And Screen, Jesse Wakeman Jun 2016

Mdocs Poster-2016-06-02, Storytellers' Adapting Reality For Stage And Screen, Jesse Wakeman

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Fact or Fiction?: Adapting Reality for Stage and Screen

What is the relationship between truth, or fact, and story? Many documentary storytellers push the boundaries of truth, whether by sins of omission (framing, selection) or commission (reenactment, ordering). Conversely, many works of fiction are “based on a true story” and strive for emotional truth when choosing between art and narrow factuality. In this Point of Departure filmmaker and photographer Chip Duncan, producer of stage and screen Dan Markley, and co-founder and president of the Nantucket Film Festival Jonathan Burkhart talk truth and fiction in storytelling.

5 pm: Keynote: A conversation ...


Mdocs Postcard-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute 2016, Jesse Wakeman Jun 2016

Mdocs Postcard-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute 2016, Jesse Wakeman

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THEME

This June, the MDOCS' Storytellers' Institute explores the theme of "fact and fiction." Documentary works are evidence-based stories, working with facts to render, reveal, and represent truth(s) to inform and, at times, inspire action. Despite relying on real people, depicting real places, and presenting real events, documentaries engage by interpreting and representing reality (Lamarre 2009).

In the words of John Grierson (1926) (considered the father of the term "documentary"), a documentary film is a "creative treatment of actuality." Tools in a documentarian's kit are many -- and many that shape reaction and response are not that different than ...


Mdocs Art Book-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute 2016, Urvi Kalra Jun 2016

Mdocs Art Book-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute 2016, Urvi Kalra

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THEME

This June, the MDOCS' Storytellers' Institute explores the theme of "fact and fiction." Documentary works are evidence-based stories, working with facts to render, reveal, and represent truth(s) to inform and, at times, inspire action. Despite relying on real people, depicting real places, and presenting real events, documentaries engage by interpreting and representing reality (Lamarre 2009).

In the words of John Grierson (1926) (considered the father of the term "documentary"), a documentary film is a "creative treatment of actuality." Tools in a documentarian's kit are many -- and many that shape reaction and response are not that different than ...


Mdocs Postcard-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Promotional Postacard, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman Jun 2016

Mdocs Postcard-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Promotional Postacard, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman

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Promotional Postcard:

Join us this summer. Seeking creative, collaborative souls ready to bring their visions to fruition in a hybrid creative-academic context that will ignite their passion and share it with the next generation. '16 Storytellers' Institute


Mdocs Program-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute 2016, Jesse Wakeman Jun 2016

Mdocs Program-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute 2016, Jesse Wakeman

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THEME

This June, the MDOCS' Storytellers' Institute explores the theme of "fact and fiction." Documentary works are evidence-based stories, working with facts to render, reveal, and represent truth(s) to inform and, at times, inspire action. Despite relying on real people, depicting real places, and presenting real events, documentaries engage by interpreting and representing reality (Lamarre 2009).

In the words of John Grierson (1926) (considered the father of the term "documentary"), a documentary film is a "creative treatment of actuality." Tools in a documentarian's kit are many -- and many that shape reaction and response are not that different than ...


Mdocs Newsletter-2016-03-01, 2.5 March/April 2016, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman, Liv Fidler, Renato Dornelas, Maria Maybock, Rebecca Stern, Augustus Svikhart, Sam Grant Mar 2016

Mdocs Newsletter-2016-03-01, 2.5 March/April 2016, Jordana Dym, Jesse Wakeman, Liv Fidler, Renato Dornelas, Maria Maybock, Rebecca Stern, Augustus Svikhart, Sam Grant

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Table of Contents with links to live newsletter. Full PDF of the online newsletter available here.

MDOCS Newsletter 2.5, March/April 2016

Director's Note: March, 2016

2016 Storytellers' Institute: Walking the Line

MDOCS 2016 Fall Course List

SSMP Highlight: Skidmore Retiree Project

Doc on Campus: Dave DeSario documents Temp Workers' Issues

Doc off Campus: Youth FX

Faculty Spotlight: Rik Scarce on Video Ethnography and Barefoot Running

MDOCS Picks: "Serial" Reflections


Mdocs Flyer-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Postcard, Jesse Wakeman Nov 2015

Mdocs Flyer-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Postcard, Jesse Wakeman

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This postcard was created with information to pass out to potential Institute Fellows applying for the 2016 Storytellers' Institute.

Details about the 2016 Storytellers' Institute:

The theme for the 2016 Storytellers' Institute is "fact and fiction." Documentary films, podcasts, exhibitions and other works are evidence-based stories, working with facts to render, reveal, and represent truth(s) to inform and, at times, inspire action. Despite relying on real people, events and events documentaries engage because of the way they interpret and represent reality (Lamarre 2009). In the words of John Grierson (1926) (considered the father of the term "documentary"), a documentary ...


Mdocs Flyer-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Tri-Fold, Jordana Dym Nov 2015

Mdocs Flyer-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Tri-Fold, Jordana Dym

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This tri-fold was created as a handout to pass on to potential Institute Fellows applying for the 2016 Storytellers' Institute.


Mdocs Flyer-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Skidmore Fellows Tri-Fold, Jordana Dym Nov 2015

Mdocs Flyer-2016-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Skidmore Fellows Tri-Fold, Jordana Dym

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This tri-fold was created as a handout to pass on to potential Skidmore Fellows applying for the 2016 Storytellers' Institute.


Mdocs Newsletter-2015-09-01, 2.1, Jordana Dym, Emily Rizzo, Rebecca Stern, Roslyn Wertheimer, Matt Barnes Sep 2015

Mdocs Newsletter-2015-09-01, 2.1, Jordana Dym, Emily Rizzo, Rebecca Stern, Roslyn Wertheimer, Matt Barnes

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No abstract provided.


Mdocs Flyer-2015-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Events, Jordana Dym Jun 2015

Mdocs Flyer-2015-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Events, Jordana Dym

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No abstract provided.


Mdocs Tri-Fold-2015-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Application, Jordana Dym Jun 2015

Mdocs Tri-Fold-2015-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Fellows Application, Jordana Dym

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Tri-fold pamphlet inviting documentarians to apply for the inaugural (June 2015) Storytellers' institute.


Mdocs Newsletter-2015-02-06, 1.7, Jordana Dym, Maggie Clark Feb 2015

Mdocs Newsletter-2015-02-06, 1.7, Jordana Dym, Maggie Clark

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No abstract provided.


Mdocs Newsletter-2014-12-09, 1.6, Jordana Dym, Lisa Fierstein, Jennifer Hoffer Dec 2014

Mdocs Newsletter-2014-12-09, 1.6, Jordana Dym, Lisa Fierstein, Jennifer Hoffer

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No abstract provided.


Mdocs Tri-Fold-2014-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Skidmore Fellows Application Tri-Fold, Jordana Dym Jun 2014

Mdocs Tri-Fold-2014-06-01, Storytellers' Institute Skidmore Fellows Application Tri-Fold, Jordana Dym

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Tri-fold pamphlet inviting Skidmore students and faculty to apply for the inaugural (June 2015) Storytellers' institute.