Documentary Film Production Workshop Starts October 20th

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The Minnesota Discovery Center's Minnesota Media Arts School, in partnership with the Zeitgeist, is an affordable option for the Northland’s diverse creative community ranging from filmmakers, graphic designers, multimedia artists, and theatrical artists to learn, work, create, and connect. With teaching hubs in Chisholm and Duluth, we will add important contributions to the regional film ecosystem. 

Documentary Film Production In-person Workshop - SIGN UP ($250 for 8 weeks)

Thursdays (8 weeks in-person) – 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

*Capacity for this 8-week workshop is 10 students. This is an in-person workshop hosted at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm. 

Documentary film is a process of curiosity, discovery, and storytelling. In this workshop, we will explore the many different types of documentaries and build the basic technical skills to create successful nonfiction films, including selecting compelling topics based on available resources, pre-production, lighting, sound recording, cinematography, interviewing, finding the story, and editing. Over the course of the workshop, participants will each create their own short documentaries (max 10 min) and will leave the course with the skills and experience to make many more.

Equipment for this class will be provided!

The goal of this course is to empower, support, and educate Iron Range community members ages – 17+, as active participants in shaping our culture and engage diverse communities to rethink the way we view film, art, and local storytelling. MDC will provide access and a platform to work, learn, create, and consume media in the digital era.

Instructor Elizabeth Chatelain :

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A North Dakota native, Elizabeth Chatelain has directed several documentary and narrative shorts including MY SISTER SARAH, about her sister’s lifelong struggle with drug abuse and recovery. It won the International Documentary Association’s Award for Best Student Documentary and was a Student Academy Award Finalist. Her films have screened at festivals across the country and the world, including Interfilm Berlin, Uppsala and SXSW. She has optioned her feature, SUNDOGS, which participated in the Berlinale Script Station and was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semi-Finalist and won the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition. She was selected as a Blacklist/Women in Film Feature Fellow in 2020 and a WIF/Sundance Financing Intensive Fellow in 2022. She received an MFA in Film Production from University of Texas-Austin and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU-Tisch.