The Daniels’ most recent creation is a sensory and narrative juggernaut that can’t be fully processed in one watch—so we’re watching it four times! This class takes a deep dive into the indie multiverse sensation by visiting the film weekly for four weeks. As we watch the film, we’ll learn more about the cinematic elements that compose it: We’ll move from a focus on narrative and story in week 1, to sound (music, design, dialogue) in week 2, to imagery and mise en scene in week 3, to a finale discussion that pulls together its sociopolitical, philosophical, and supernatural threads as an Asian, queer, immigrant story about ending cycles of generational harm. This is truly an experiment in navigating a collective spiral of meaning making, so come along for the ride!
Movies will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will begin on July 7 and run Thursdays through July at 6:30pm. Proof of vaccination is required for all students and instructors.
Tuition is $75 for the four-week class, $60 for Hollywood Theatre/Movie Madness members. Class size will be limited to 18.
This class will be taught by Max Swanson, a filmmaker/performer, writer, educator, and organizer based in Portland, OR. They currently teach at NW Doc and PSU, and work as a freelance story consultant. They are also a co-producer of the local drag and art collaborative Max & Mars Present.