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SPICE: Docudramas Unite!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 22 Sivan 5781

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Register by Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Class sessions: Monday, June 2, 9, 16, & 23, 10:30 am–Noon
Fee: $48 temple members/$60 non-members

When the cinema was first invented those early works were almost all documentaries. Soon, filmmakers moved to fiction storytelling, with some creating nonfiction products. Since that time, we have seen the form evolve to include such elements as talking-head interviews, lush musical scores, animated graphics and other special effects so that at times, it can be difficult to differentiate the docu from the drama. Let’s explore the differences between nonfiction and fiction filmmaking. We will examine two pair of movies, each telling the same story, and see where they unite and diverge: Grey Gardens (Maysles, 1975) and Grey Gardens (Sucsy, 2009); and Our Brand Is Crisis (Boynton, 2005) and Our Brand Is Crisis (Green, 2015). Along the way, we will learn about cinematography, editing and other tools of the trade. Join me for a robust discussion of the world's great "Seventh Art."

Facilitator: Christopher Reed is a film critic, filmmaker and educator, currently Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Film and Moving Image at Stevenson University. A member of the DC Area Film Critics Association and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, he is lead film critic at Hammer to Nail and Film Festival Today, co-host of The Fog of Truth, a podcast devoted to documentary cinema, and the author of Film Editing: Theory and Practice. Chris holds a B.A. from Harvard in Slavic Languages and Literatures (concentration in Russian), an M.A from Yale in Russian and East European Studies (concentration in Russian Film), and an M.F.A. from the Graduate Film Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Registration: Reservations may be made via email to or by phone to Sherri Bell, SPICE Chair at 410-833-2409. If you are a temple member, payment may be made by requesting to have your account billed. Other accepted methods of payment include credit card, cash paid in person at class or a check made out to HSOSC, with SPICE and the course name in the check memo, mailed to 1 Clifton Court, Pikesville, MD 21208.

Registration Policies:
All SPICE courses must be registered for and paid for in their entirety by the first session. Due to a new MD sales tax regulation, we are now required to charge 6% sales tax on all courses delivered electronically.
All SPICE courses for January-June 2021 will be presented on Zoom.
SPICE fees are per head, not per household, with a 50% off fee for second registrants within the same household.
A minimum of 15 enrollees per class is required. 

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of our SPICE courses and programs.


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