Runs from Sunday January 30 2022 to Sunday February 20 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Daphne Xu & Fan Wu
Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20,27
Sundays 3:00-4:30 PM

**Scarborough Residents will be prioratized. COMMUNITY+Connects with Workman Arts invites you to register for Experiments in Epistolary Filmmaking! Epistolary filmmaking takes private, intimate forms of letter-writing and diary entries and places them in cinematic context. In this five-week course, participants will each create a short epistolary film. They will learn all the skills required to make this film. The letter can be written to anyone in their life; we are open to all kinds of potential addressees: family members, pets, friends, historical figures, fictional characters, places, pieces of media. We will introduce participants to epistolary filmmaking through the films Correspondencia (Sotomayor & Simon) and News from Home (Akerman) and to epistolary writing through the works of Li Bai & Du Fu and Martha & Christina Baillie. Participants will learn how to edit, using their voiceover recording and preliminary footage. In our last class we will host a short film festival and screen the in-process works of participants.

Who can register: This program is open to all beginners to filmmaking: adults, with priority given to QTBIPOC whoi live in Scarborough and self identify having lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction

About the Instructor
Daphne Xu is an artist and filmmaker exploring the politics and poetics of place. She is working on a series of observational documentaries set in Xiongan New Area in Hebei, China, a rural area slated to become a megacity. Her work has shown at international film festivals such as Visions du Reel, and Art of the Real at the Lincoln Center.

Fan Wu is a practicing poet and workshop facilitator. His facilitation practice revolves around poetry and identity, inspiring participants through embodied exercises and writing prompts. His passions lie in relational aesthetics and the practice of SYMPEDAGOGY: the cultivation of spaces for co-learning and co-teaching.

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