SAC 304 - Topics in Media Production I
Winter 2017, Section 002 - Experimental Media Production: The Ann Arbor Film Festival
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Enforced Prerequisites:
SAC 290 with a minimum grade of C- or better, and a declared major in Screen Arts and Cultures.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The history of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, now in its 55th year, is inextricably linked with the history of Ann Arbor and the University. This course, affiliated with UM’s Bicentennial Theme Semester, will explore the world of the festival: its beginnings, its history, and its adventurous spirit. Course work will include two short experimental media production projects (on digital or 16mm, edited digitally), screenings, presentations, response papers, engagement with the AAFF archives at the Bentley Historical Library, and creation of an exhibition, installed during this year’s Festival, using materials from the Bentley archives. Students will receive tickets or passes to the AAFF and are expected to engage with the festival as much as possible!

Course Requirements:

First and foremost: An open mind and a spirit of exploration are required for this course. Students will be required to attend the Ann Arbor Film Festival in March. Assessment will be based on two short production projects on film or digital media (40 %), AAFF Archive Project, rationale text and reflection paper (20 %), AAFF response papers (20%), Participation and attendance (20%)

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in the Ann Arbor Film Festival and experimental media. Though it is certainly relevant, students are NOT required to have a background in experimental film production or history.

Class Format:

The course will meet twice per week for two hours per meeting.


SAC 304 - Topics in Media Production I
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 2:00PM

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