SAC 404 - Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Visual Media II
Section: 001 Revolutionary Cinema: Fusing Art and Activism
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
1 - 3
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Advisory Prerequisites:
A 300- (or 400-) level production course in the relevant emphasized area: SAC 300, 301, 302, or 306; and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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“I have often spoken of what I call the inadequate imagery of today’s civilization. I have the impression that the images that surround us today are worn out; they are abused and useless and exhausted. They are limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution…if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs.”

— Werner Herzog

The goal of this class is to approach themes of social justice with creativity and spirit, avoiding the didactic and reductive connotations often ascribed to “activist art”. We will attempt to create a new grammar of images in the Herzog spirit of “ecstatic truth”. Through class screenings, reading and discussion, we will define a history of film/video that accomplishes this mission. We will ask the questions, when does a work of art become propaganda? Can art be revolutionary? Do films cause social change? Students will individually complete one major project and one small exercise, working in film or video.

SAC 404 - Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Visual Media II
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001 (LEC)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 9780240810898
Directing the documentary, Author: Michael Rabiger., Publisher: Focal Press/Elsevier 5th ed. 2009
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