Friday, Sep 20 at 10:00 am – Sunday, Sep 22 at 5:30 pm
Art of the Interview
Led by Sarah Friedland
Join UnionDocs and filmmaker Sarah Friedland (Here After) for a three day intensive that will unpack one of the most effective and common tools in the documentary toolkit: the interview. We’ll go beyond the unimaginative ways interview is often employed and share tips for getting material that can drive emotion and a complex narrative forward.
Together, we’ll tackle the pitfalls of the “talking head” and look at the ways that interviews can be used as an artistic practice. Through seminars and work-in-progress critiques, participants will each, in their own way, push the boundaries of the interview, and learn how to put this new knowledge into practice.
Lead instructor Sarah Friedland will be joined by guest filmmakers, print and audio journalists, and oral historians including Steve Maing (Crime + Punishment), Ursula Liang (9-Man), Linda Villarosa (NYTimes Contributing Writer), Nyssa Chow (Oral Historian), Luis Luna and Sylvia Ryerson (Melting the Ice).
Discussion will cover approaching traumatic material with subjects sensitively and ethically, prioritizing active listening in the moment as an interviewer, techniques for working with contentious or volatile subjects, and best practices for conducting interviews with subjects with whom you are intimate; family and friends.
Open to filmmakers, audio creators, journalists, scholars and anyone who’d like to delve into expansive ways of capturing compelling interviews. Current projects are not required to attend, but encouraged!