MMU: Women in Documentary Filmmaking

Series: Movie Madness University

Women have been breaking ground behind the camera for as long as movies have been made—and nowhere is their influence more strongly felt than in the realm of documentaries.

In this four-week, discussion-based class, we’ll examine trends and genres in documentary filmmaking through the lens of four films by women directors. We’ll learn about the directors themselves; the process behind the making of each film; and the overall impact each film had on the medium. Along the way, we’ll cover topics such as documentary form, filmmaker ethics, and how documentaries can both reflect and shape the world around us.

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This class will be taught by Kia Anne Geraths, a filmmaker and educator whose previous MMU classes include Cult Horror Films of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; a John Sayles retrospective; and more.

Movies will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex (4320 SE Belmont), followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will be held Thursdays in January at 7:00pm. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all students and instructors.

“I really liked having somewhere to go every week to watch a movie with other movie nerds and talk about it afterwards. The topic is what drew me in, but the community was what I loved most!” - Happy MMU student

Tuition is $75 for the four-week class, $60 for Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness Members. Class size will be limited to 18.

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