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Directing Documentary Film: In Person

This lecture-based course provides a basic overview from the documentary director’s point of view, guiding participants through the entire process of documentary filmmaking from development to delivery. Participants are given time to discuss proposals, scripts and basic elements of documentary expression, such as interviewing, mise-en-scène, shooting on the fly, and planning for anticipated locations. The course will conclude with a brief overview of the various sources of funding for low-budget documentary in Canada. 

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking and Camera Theory workshops are recommended as prerequisites. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, The Art of the Interview, Documentary Film Editing and Producing Documentary Film workshops.​

part 1: Wed 13 July 2022, 6 - 10 pm   
part 2: Mon 18 July 2022, 6 - 10 pm   
(Registration deadline is Wed 13 July 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 

Location: In Person
Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 10
8 hours of instruction in 2 parts$125 /member$150 /nonmember