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Visiting Artists come to Doc U!

June 1, 2018

Creating your first documentary is a exiting and scary process. In SPNN's Doc U program participants not only have the support of SPNN staff, they also meet with local artists and former Doc U participants. On Thursday, May 24th, visiting artists D.A. Bullock, Nadia Honary, Oanh Vu and Ariel Tilson came in for Doc U's second session of the year. They participated in a panel, sharing their experiences as filmmakers and giving advice to the new aspiring media makers. After the panel discussion they met in small groups with Doc U participants to help shape their documentary ideas. Several participants expressed they had a better idea about their direction and how to tell their stories in effective ways. Overall the group found it valuable to meet with the filmmakers, learning from their wisdom, and getting direct feedback about their ideas.  The participants will take that feedback and the feedback from their mentor to shape their documentary.

The Doc U cohort is currently in the pre-production phase, planning the focus of their films and determining individuals to interview. A few of the topics this year include  "women who grind", the stigma and experiences relating to brain damage, the decreasing availability of affordable housing in Minneapolis and the Somali community and Autism. Over the next several weeks participants will learn SPNN's cameras and  Adobe Premiere CC to utlize to shoot and edit their documentary. 

Doc U is a program offered by SPNN that trains and supports 12 adults in documentary filmmaking over the course of 15 weeks. Each individual produces their own 10 minute piece about a topic of their choosing. The public screening will occur at SPNN on Saturday, August 18th. Doc U is supported in part by the McKnight Foundation.