Two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker James Longley and Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon will be the first instructors of Hong Kong Documentary Initiative’s Master Classes with Oscar Documentarians on 29–30 October and 5–6 November held at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), The University of Hong Kong (HKU).
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Application to attend the master classes is open until Tuesday 11 October. Professional and aspiring local documentary filmmakers, and students showing strong filmmaking skills with a passion for documentary work are welcome to apply.
Along with the master classes, a series of film screenings and talks by the documentarians will be held from 31 October to 4 November at HKU. Academy Award-winning director and JMSC filmmaker-in-residence Ruby Yang will be moderating the talks and helping to guide us through the documentarians’ celebrated careers and plunge into their multi-faceted work and unique artistic visions.
Saturday 29 October & Sunday 30 October | Master Class for 20 participants
Master Class with James Longley at Eliot Hall, HKU
Lecture and live feedback on your individual projects by James Longley, the one-man crew of award-winning war documentaries (see full details below)
Monday 31 October* | Free event. Open to all
Screening of Iraq in Fragments (2006) and Q&A with James Longley
Tuesday 1 November* | Free event. Open to all
Screening and Q&A with James Longley (details to be confirmed)
Wednesday 2 November* | Free event. Open to all
Panel discussion with James Longley and Thomas Lennon, moderated by Ruby Yang
Thursday 3 November* | Free event. Open to all
Friday 4 November* | Special event for participants of the Master Classes
Special screening of Thomas Lennon’s work-in-progress documentary and Q&A
*All the screenings and Q&A sessions will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Theatre 303 of the Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU
Saturday 5 November & Sunday 6 November | Master Class for 20 participants
Master Class with Thomas Lennon at Eliot Hall, HKU
Lecture and live feedback on your individual projects by Thomas Lennon, director and producer for ABC, PBS, HBO and owner of a production house (see full details below)
Details of the Master Classes
Saturday (29 October or 5 November) 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
ART AND CRAFT OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Get inspiration from world-class documentarians and learn about their creative processes
James or Thomas will share their unique artistic visions and perspectives on documentary filmmaking
Saturday (29 October or 5 November) 2–5 p.m. &
Sunday (30 October or 6 November) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
LIVE FEEDBACK ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS
There are no universal rules, each approach is different depending on the work
Following on from the Saturday morning classes, selected attendees will receive live feedback on short work samples from their current projects
The master classes are designed for
Classes will be conducted in English and each class can have 20 participants.
Fee: HK$1,000 per weekend
Refundable for full-time students or participants with a monthly salary lower than HK$15,000.Salary proof and valid full-time student identification have to be submitted together with the application. Full refunds will be given to those eligible after attending the classes on Saturday and Sunday, and two of the screenings / panel discussions from 31 October to 4 November.