Hello and welcome to Documentary Film. My name is Juan Monroy, and I’ll be your instructor this semester.
With our attention focused on Washington, D.C. and on the inauguration, we will not be having a synchronous meeting for Wednesday, January 20. Instead, please read this welcome message about the course and complete the tasks listed at the end of this message, under the heading “To Do Today.”
I look forward to meeting you at our first synchronous meeting on January 27.
Because it is impossible to survey the entire history of documentary film in a single semester, we will be focusing on two broad themes in pre–World War II era and in the post-World War II era.
The midterm exam divides the modules and our coverage of these broad themes.
We will be omitting a great deal of documentary filmmaking that has occurred, especially in the past few decades, but we will have an understanding of two broad themes that I think do speak about how documentary has developed over that time. And we will be committed to exploring filmmaking that is based on facts and is committed to telling the truth.
Everything you need to know about this course is available at https://juanmonroy.com/documentary This course website references all the policies for this course, lists and explains the assignments, outlines the course schedule, and includes links to everything you’ll need for this course.
We will be using Canvas in a limited role, mostly for quizzes, essays and exams. There are also links to some of the screenings.
Canvas does not list any required readings nor most of the screenings that you must do for this class.
You can contact me in of the following ways:
Assigned readings are listed in the course schedule below and available from the following sources:
Complete the readings by the date listed on the course schedule.
The course website contains information about how to get the textbook.
Also, please note that you can access an ebook of Documenting Documentary from Pratt Library. The links to readings from that book that are in the course schedule are to this ebook.
Each Thursday morning, I will post a reading quiz on Canvas. The quiz will consist of true-false and multiple choice questions. Complete each quiz by 12:00 PM on the day of our class meeting, as noted in the course schedule. Ten of twelve quizzes are required.
Watch each of the films listed by the date indicated on the course schedule. I have listed a number of sources where you can watch these films, including:
We will have an hourlong, weekly discussion session on Zoom, at the following time:
The link to join, which is also available on the course website, is https://pratt.zoom.us/j/97985869393?pwd=dHBOTUJPeXVRRjUwdjAxcWNlRTMxUT09
In these sessions, we will discuss the major issues relating to that week's module on the history of documentary film.
We will be writing two essays throughout the semester, capping off the two broad themes in our study of film history.
We will be taking two exams, both of which consist of two types of questions:
The exams will be available on Canvas:
Your final grade will be based on the following assignments. Each assignment is worth 20%.
Please complete these tasks within the next week:
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or ask a question on the discussion board in Canvas.