PERSONAL ESSAY FILM: EXPLORING IDENTITY AND ENVIRONMENT
Summer 2016, Johns Hopkins Homewood
This filmmaking workshop will focus on the personal essay, a sub-genre of documentary. Student fellows will explore personal and collective identities as impacted by environment. They'll study how other artists have examined identity in cinema, literature, and painting. In locations such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Enoch Pratt Library, and the Maryland Historical Society fellows will learn to research and document their environment. They'll learn digital filmmaking, including sound recording, lighting, and editing. And they'll explore aesthetic forms including voice-over, letters, diary, and testimony. Fellows will decide together which stories will be shared. Films will be shown at a public screening and on the program website. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Sabrina Bouarour is a lecturer and PhD candidate in film and media studies from La Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris. She is currently making a documentary about the Baltimore uprising.
Ellie Park is a graduate student in the Johns Hopkins University Film and Media program, studying the craft of screenwriting and visual storytelling.
Ricardo Amparo is a Baltimore City resident who practices filmmaking and photography. He is currently working towards an Associate's Degree at Baltimore City Community College. He hopes to refine his own his skills in media while teaching others.