CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Workshop “In a single shot” for emerging filmmakers and film students October 9 – 22, 2013
Instructors: Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann
Application deadline: September 12, 2013
The Goethe Institute Boston in close collaboration with MIT’s OpenDocLab and HyperStudio offers this unique workshop for emerging filmmakers, to be held at the Goethe Institute Boston and MIT from October 9 to October 22, 2013. Application deadline: September 12, 2013.
“The task at hand is to present the topic “work” by means of a single video sequence; in other words, you will produce videos consisting of only one sequence. The topic is work: paid, unpaid, material or immaterial, traditional or entirely new work. This assignment formally introduces the foundations of filming, as you need to find out: When can we find a beginning and an end even if a repetitive process is being shown? Should the camera be moved or stand still? What is the best way to capture the choreography of a work process in a single sequence? Early films told us: Every detail of the mobile world is worth being documented and considered. And they had a fixed point of view, whereas today’s documentary film only too often presents sequence upon sequence because it is undecided.”
H. Farocki/Antje Ehmann
The workshop in Boston/Cambridge is part of a series of workshops held by German artists Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann in 15 cities worldwide. Workshops already took place in Sligo (Ireland), Lisbon, Bangalore (India), Geneva (Switzerland), Tel Aviv, Berlin, Cairo (Egypt), Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lodz (Poland), Moscow, and Hanoi (Vietnam). Besides Boston, additional workshops will be held in Mexico City, Johannesburg, and Tsingtao (China).
Selected films from the workshops can be accessed at the following sites:
Selected films will be shown in museums and galleries in seven international locations. Initial exhibits took place in Tel Aviv and Lisbon.
Exhibits are currently being planned for Lodz (Poland), Bangalore (India), Mexico City, and Montreal. Final exhibits are being planned for Boston (October 2014) and Berlin (January 2015). A number of completed films have been selected for the Venice Biennale, where they are currently being shown in the Latin America Pavilion.
A total of 25 film students or filmmakers will be selected from all applicants to participate in the workshop. All age groups are welcome – students, independent film makers, professors dedicated to documentary film making, and alumni. Selection criteria are: creativity in film-making, ideas, engagement, and outstanding film results. The Boston workshop will have a special focus on the representation of intellectual work. Several workshop spots are reserved for MIT and Harvard students.
Goethe Institute Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Building E15-3rd floor) – Cambridge
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m.: (Goethe-Institut) Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: (MIT) Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m.:(MIT) Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m.: (Goethe-Institut Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.: (MIT)` Monday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.,5:pm: (MIT and Goethe-Institut)
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m.: ( Final public screening of workshop films) Goethe-Institut
At the beginning of the workshop, each participant will present a proposal based on advance research and comprising the specific type of work to be filmed, the manner of filming in a single sequence, the protagonist and/or the location. The workshop will include theory as well as practical work. Days without scheduled sessions are reserved for research and filming in groups. Exact schedules will be decided during the workshop. Participants will take on various assignments.
Application DEADLINE: September 12, 2013
a) Fluency in English (the workshop will be held in English)
b) US Visa or U.S. citizenship
c) The applicant has either participated in a short film or a movie (as an actor or in the production process) or is a film student at a film school.
d) Workshop attendance is free of charge. Participants will cover their own cost for travel, accommodations and meals.
e) The participant agrees to attend all workshop sessions. Upon completion,
participants will receive a certificate of attendance, and their film will be posted on the project’s website.
f) Only individual applications will be accepted – no group applications, please. g) The applicant may bring his/her own camera and equipment.
h) The application form should be completed in full and submitted online.
It can be found athttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1758Oze0UWvxKIKiBULn32hIApuBQpX67TeBgcoa9NbQ/viewform. If you are selected, your name will be published on the organizers’ website.
i) Along with the application, a film (excerpt) of no more than 2 minutes should be submitted on DVD or as a live stream link. (Selection criteria are the creativity combined with the expressive power of the images in a one-minute time span.)
j) Selected participants will be notified by email on September 20, 2013. On the same day, the list of selected participants will be published.