Recommended for students with prior filmmaking experience. Students are expected to have their own video camera (smart phones are okay) and know the basics of editing on Premiere or other editing software.
New Biopics is a course giving you an opportunity to investigate, critique, experiment with, and produce moving-image work around the concept of “the biography.” Using traditional cinematic strategies as a starting point, we will challenge conventional forms of biographical narratives and incorporate an expansive range of subject matter that embraces non-human entities as worthy and underrepresented demographics. Class time will include screenings and discussions of a broad range of biopics, including “talking head” documentaries, hybrid filmmaking works, new media projects, and the films of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab. Weekly readings from scholars such as Donna Haraway will challenge you to think critically and imaginatively about biographical production, consumption, and reification. In-class production exercises will focus on techniques for filming interviews, basic lighting setups and verité scene coverage. A series of weekly assignments will guide the development of your final video project of trans-human work. ____Keith Wilson is a filmmaker, visual artist and bookmaker based in San Francisco. His films have been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest, the United States National Gallery of Art and documenta14. His latest short documentary film, THE TREE, will premiere at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival and was the subject of a solo installation and performance at Artist Television Access in 2016. Keith’s artist book press Breezy Circle recently participated in the 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair and his publications have been exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery, The Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Brandhorst Museum in Munich. Keith has an MFA in film production from the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas-Austin.wall-eye.com/
Image courtesy of the artist.
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined up to 24 hours in advance of the class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What is the refund policy?You can view the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.
Refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected]
For courses that meet for ten sessions or more, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street (unless otherwise noted), between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7pm.SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.I have a question that isn't on this list. Who can I contact?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]