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Documentary Filmmaking Master Class (Nov 9)

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Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

230 West 41st Street

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DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING WORKSHOP with award-winning filmmaker Yoruba Richen

Class meets Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 am to 5 pm

Cost is $375; $299 early bird rate before September 9

The documentary form is exploding. In 2018, the top three grossing docs brought in nearly $50 million at the box office and streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu are packed with documentary series.

This full-day class will be lead by Yoruba Richen, whose most recent work, “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” aired on The Smithsonian Channel in February 2019. The documentary serves as a reality check on the fictionalized Oscar-winning movie “Green Book,” which among other things, erroneously suggests that segregation and racism existed only in the South.

Yoruba will cover:

  • The basic elements and visual demands of documentary storytelling
  • Picking an approach
  • Structure and design (Narrative, theme, arc, characters)
  • Ethical issues
  • Applying journalism skills to the art of filmmaking
  • Tips for shooting and editing
  • Developing and pitching a documentary story idea

You will also craft and review your documentary film ideas in a safe and constructive environment.

What to bring: Bring some documentary ideas or footage you would like to show

Level: Beginner to intermediate. Some web video or broadcast news experience is helpful but not required




About Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Atlantic and Field of Vision. Her latest film “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” aired on The Smithsonian Channel in February 2019.

Yoruba’s feature documentary, “The New Black” won multiple festival awards and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. It was broadcast on PBS’s “Independent Lens.” Her previous film “Promised Land,” won the Fledgling Fund award for social issue documentary and was broadcast on “POV.” Yoruba won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day. She has also won Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was a Sundance Producers Fellow.

Yoruba is a featured TED Speaker, a Fulbright fellow, a Guggenheim fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She was chosen for The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans 45 and under, recognizing her as a leader whose “work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.”

She is the director of the documentary program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Yoruba Richen’s pronouns are she, her, hers.

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