Free Directing Documentaries Masterclasses incl. Nicolas Philbert

Written by Rebecca Day on . Posted in Documentary

nicholas-philibert.jpgFrom Rebecca Day at the Scottish Documentary Institute, news of an incredible-looking series of documentary masterclasses:

After well attended masterclasses and workshops with Jim Sutherland, Gaston Kabore and Fernanda Rossi and Andrey Paounov we're anxiously awaiting the visits by acclaimed documentary director Nicholas Philibert, Oliver Hodge (Garbagge Warrior), and Three Miles North of Molkom directors Robert Cannan & Corinna Villari-McFarlane.

Directing Documentaries with Nicolas Philibert

Friday 21 Nov 2.00pm-5.00pm

etre-avoir.jpgLecture Theatre G40, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
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We are absolutely delighted to have renowned French director Nicolas Philibert to hold a 3 hour masterclass of his work.

Probably most well-known for the multi award winning Etre et Avoir (To be and to Have) he is one of contemporary cinema's most acclaimed documentarists. He began his education by studying philosophy and later worked as an assistant director with such filmmakers as Rene Allio and Alain Tanner. Philibert's ability to approach man with tenderness, directness and sensitivity appears in his film In the Land of the Deaf, an exploration of the world through the eyes of those born without the sense of hearing. In 1995 Philibert revisited the subject of museums--also explored in Louvre City--finding humanity and humor within these stately institutions. Animals and More Animals examines the zoological wing of France's Museum of Natural History, which had been closed for years, and brings to light its unusual treasures. Minimalist and exceedingly moving He will be discussing past work and most recent work Retour en Normandie (Return to Normandy).

 

Directing Documentaries with Nicolas Philibert

Friday 21 Nov 2.00pm-5.00pm

Lecture Theatre G40, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
Free but please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are absolutely delighted to have renowned French director Nicolas Philibert to hold a 3 hour masterclass of his work.

Probably most well-known for the multi award winning Etre et Avoir (To be and to Have) he is one of contemporary cinema's most acclaimed documentarists. He began his education by studying philosophy and later worked as an assistant director with such filmmakers as Rene Allio and Alain Tanner. Philibert's ability to approach man with tenderness, directness and sensitivity appears in his film In the Land of the Deaf, an exploration of the world through the eyes of those born without the sense of hearing. In 1995 Philibert revisited the subject of museums--also explored in Louvre City--finding humanity and humor within these stately institutions. Animals and More Animals examines the zoological wing of France's Museum of Natural History, which had been closed for years, and brings to light its unusual treasures. Minimalist and exceedingly moving He will be discussing past work and most recent work Retour en Normandie (Return to Normandy).

Etre et Avoir will screen in The Filmhouse, followed by Q&A on Sat 22 Nov 15:45 (104 mins) - tickets are on sale.

Directing Documentaries: The Garbage Warrior by Oliver Hodge

Friday 28 Nov 2.00pm-5.00pm

Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
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Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century.

What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you're renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "Earthship Biotecture" by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. He has locked horns with state legislators to allow him to build a test site - until, one day, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most.

Oliver Hodge, director of The Garbage Warrior will be talking about his documentary debut, how he came to make the film, and what he learned in the process. Previously, Hodge worked over fifteen years on twenty major feature films, where he headed departments, supervised special effects projects and worked intimately with directors including George Lucas, Tim Burton, Danny Cannon and Danny Boyle. Nominated Best Debut Director The Douglas Hickox Award, BIFA 2007 & for Grierson Newcomer Award 2008.

Directing Documentaries: Three Miles North of Molkom

Friday 5 Dec 2.00pm-5.00pm

Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
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With co-directors Robert Cannan & Corinna Villari-McFarlane. "Extreme New Age therapy. An Aussie rugby coach. Something’s got to give…"

Deep in the tranquil interior forests of Sweden (about three miles north of Molkom, in fact) there's an annual festival where you can find spiritual fulfilment. Sharing circles, tantric exercise and firewalking helps you to look within yourself. Enter Nick. He speaks the brutal honesty of the rugby field, and has no need of inner peace, thank you very much. Let the sparks of enlightenment fly, in this warm, candid and wildly funny character study. (EIFF catalogue 2008)

Corinna and Robert will speak about the trials of making their first feature documentary and how they managed to capture such intimate, funny and memorable moments with their characters. Corinna Villari-McFarlane graduated in political science and has since worked in various media production and post-production roles. Robert Cannan began working professionally as an Assistant Director after a studying writing, performance and film directing in York and Brighton. Three Miles North of Molkom is their directorial debut and won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Gothenburg International Film Festival 2008.

This masterclass is followed by a screening of the film at The Filmhouse (tickets go on sale on 21 Nov), as part of the Illuminations Festival.

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