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The Art of the Interview

Whether for news, documentary or oral history, an interview is a directed conversation for the purpose of documenting someone’s perspective and/or experience. Done right, it’s also an exchange of respect and trust where something is revealed and both parties feel they’ve benefited from the experience. This six-hour workshop will look at prominent examples and use in-class practical exercises to explore the ethical, technical and stylistic considerations of drawing out and recording someone’s personal story. Participants will explore approach, research, crafting questions and practice face-to-face interview skills. Discussion and feedback encouraged throughout.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking is recommended as a prerequisite. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, Producing Documentary Film, Directing Documentary Film and Documentary Film Editing workshops.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

part 1: Mon 11 April 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Wed 13 April 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Mon 11 April 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Lia Tarachansky

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian journalist and filmmaker born in the former Soviet Union. She has made several films, including shorts, experimental pieces, and three feature length films. She has worked as a Middle East correspondent, filing dozens of video reports and directing investigative documentaries for BBC World, The Guardian, TeleSUR, and Naretiv Productions. Some of her films won awards and toured globally, others were released on mobile phones and as new media installations. She spends her days filming, designing lesson plans, and reading barely-comprehensible books for her PhD in Cinema & Media Studies. To see her journalism, check out and her films at 

Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember