Nonfiction films are more essential than ever, but the subject matter typically overshadows the process for making them. In fact, the filmmaker’s narrative, thematic, and aesthetic choices are as important as the material itself. Each session will feature a recent or in-progress film followed by a candid discussion with the director. We’ll focus on the practical and ethical challenges of making documentaries, from conception through production and post-production to distribution.
Michael Fox is a journalist and film critic at KQED.org/arts, Oakland magazine, and The (East Bay) Monthly. He curates and hosts the CinemaLit series at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco, and teaches documentary courses at OLLI at SF State. Fox was inducted in 2015 into Essential SF, the SF Film Society’s ongoing compilation of “local cinematic luminaries."