NOTE: This workshop immediately precedes the 7:30pm presentation of Lynne Sachs’ Film About a Father Who (also presented at Shapeshifters Cinema). Workshop and screening are ticketed separately; discount admissions for Shapeshifters members and Cinematheque members. Complete information on this screening and advance tickets available here.
COVID-19 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: Proof of vaccination required for workshop participants. Masks must be worn at all times while indoors.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Opening the Family Album is a two-hour workshop in which participants will explore the ways in which images of family members might become material for the making of a personal film. Each participant will come to the workshop with a single photograph (in-hand or digital) they want to examine. During the workshop, participants will write text in response to this image by incorporating storytelling and performance. In the process, we will discuss and challenge notions of truth-telling and language. Your final work will then be a live narration with image. This workshop is inspired by the work of Italian novelist Natalia Ginzburg, whose writing explores family relationships during the Fascist years and World War II. Ginzburg was a prescient artist who enjoyed mixing up conventional distinctions between fiction and non-fiction: “Every time that I have found myself inventing something in accordance with my old habits as a novelist, I have felt compelled at once to destroy it. The places, events, and people are all real.”