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Intensive applied summer course (13-24 June 2016)

Hands on Camera

Documentary film as a medium for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies

Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS), School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University in collaboration with Filmmaking For Fieldwork (Manchester, U.K.) The Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center (Tehran, Iran)

Dr. Itsushi Kawase Japanese Anthropologist and Filmmaker

… I particularly like the program’s emphasis on combining theoretical and practical approaches for visual research and the representation of Iranian Cultures … In December 2014, I was lucky enough to be invited to "Cinema Vérité", the Iran International Documentary Film Festival in Tehran. Dr. Khosronejad was my host and during my stay there, I was mesmerized by the latest Iranian documentary films. … It was a thought provoking experience to have academic and artistic dialogues with those people. I hope that participants in the present course will also experience and enjoy the rich cultural exchanges with artists and scholars in Iran.

Dr. Rossella Ragazzi Anthropologist and Filmmaker

…I had dreamed to visit Iran since I was a child, for my father had often worked in Persia) and had brought back to me, 5 years old Italian girl, puppets, carpets, postcards, etc. I adored the Farsi language, and to listen to it still gives me goose-pimples. …What I experienced in Tehran during Cinema Verité happens perhaps at Berlinale or Amsterdam IDFA, but the attendance in Tehran was even more lively. I was literally taken by the atmosphere. The intensity of encounters, but most of everything, the thirst for knowledge, the will to discuss shown by young generations and among them a majority of girls.

I am a Japanese anthropologist and filmmaker specializing in visual anthropology and field research in the Horn of Africa. I strongly support the applied course in visual research methods and documentary filmmaking for Iranian Studies at the Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies program, Oklahoma State University. I particularly like the program’s emphasis on combining theoretical and practical approaches for visual research and the representation of Iranian Cultures. This will certainly be achieved of the mutual collaboration by Dr. Pedram Khosronejad and Dr. Andy Lawrence, my former colleagues from the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, The University of Manchester. Dr. Khosronejad has made great and long term academic contributions to Iranian Studies and I can not think of any better instructors for the practice of ethnographic filmmaking than Dr. Lawrence. Dr. Lawrence assisted the productions of hundreds of so called “MAVA films” (MA films, Visual Anthropology) in Manchester. Many of the films produced by Dr. Lawrence’s students have circulated in internationally acclaimed ethnographic film festivals. The other importance of this program lies in its strong regional focus on Iran. From the Area Studies point of view, ethnographic research require deep understanding of local knowledge and history and extensive human networks in the field. Dr. Khosronejad’s role will surely bridge Iran and other countries and promote more significant connections. In December 2014, I was lucky enough to be invited to "Cinema Vérité", the Iran International Documentary Film Festival in Tehran. Dr. Khosronejad was my host and during my stay there, I was mesmerized by the latest Iranian documentary films. Particularly, the sensuality in their audiovisual narrative and aesthetic all, accomplishmed visual representation affected me deeply. I am so thankful to Dr. Khosronejad who introduced me to many talents in Cinema, Literature, Contemporary Art and the academic world in Iran. It was a thought provoking experience to have academic and artistic dialogues with those people. I hope that participants in the present course will also experience and enjoy the rich cultural exchanges with artists and scholars in Iran.

The Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (IPGS) program at the Oklahoma State University is presenting its first applied course in visual research methods and documentary filmmaking for Iranian Studies in collaboration with Filmmaking For Fieldwork (Manchester, U.K.) and in association with the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center (Tehran, Iran). The IPGS visual program is a theoretical and practical visual study course, which is open to all who have a background in human and social science, cross-cultural visual studies, film studies, documentary production, and with special interest in contemporary Iran. This course maps on theoretical and practical aspects of ethnographic film by using documentary film as a medium for area studies (Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies). It exposes the different ways in which Iranian culture can be represented visually and the cultural interpretations of its visual representations.

What is “Hands On”?

Who is this Course For?

Teaching Objectives

What You do in Iran

Eventually, the program will address the main issues of anthropology with regards to ethnographic fieldwork, knowledge production, ethics and aesthetics in processes of cultural representation, field authorization, and further professional collaboration with Iranian organisations. This intensive course provides a scholarly environment for the study and practice of anthropological media, hands-on training in ethnographic documentary production techniques (camera, sound, editing, etc.), as well as the opportunity for group projects with regard to contemporary Iran and the Persian Gulf. No previous experience in documentary film production is necessary.

These objectives will be achieved by securing the participation of the best scholars in the fields of ethnographic film (Dr. A. Lawrence, Filmmaker in Residence and Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, the University of Manchester, U.K.), Iranian and Persian Gulf visual studies (Dr. P. Khosronejad, Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, Oklahoma State University, U.S.A.), and also by organising a further second applied workshop during the 10th edition of Cinema Verité (Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, Dec. 2016) where our participants will meet Iranian filmmakers and also make short documentaries in Iran.

The course will take place from 13-24 June 2016, every day from 9am-5pm, at the Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence (ITLE) of Oklahoma State University. All participants will receive an official certificate of participation in the program issued by the School of International Studies at the Oklahoma State University.

The course involves three main components: Image acquisition with a camera, sound recording with a microphone and storytelling with the use of Adobe CC editing software. These come together in a unique method of social science research and presentation that we call “Film as a medium for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies”. Participants will be trained in all stages of this process through their involvement in short filmmaking projects and everyone will get their “hands On” each piece of equipment during the course. We will offer advice about when and how to use these methods and what equipment might suit your individual needs.

Our course will be accompanied by ethnographic documentary screenings as well as a series of seminars covering topics such as:

  • the role of documentary film in research regarding Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies;
  • legal and ethical aspects of documentary filmmaking in contemporary Iran;
  • collaborative filmmaking in Iran with the support of Iranian organisations;
  • collaborative filmmaking in which research subjects are involved in the filmmaking process;
  • suggested filming kits to take into the field;
  • crowdfunding, online promotion and digital distribution.

Date

13-24 June 2016

Venue

Institute for Teaching & Learning Excellence (ITLE), Oklahoma State University, U.S.A.

Number of applicants: 10

Fees and registration (deadline for registration and payment April 15, 2016)

  • Standard: $2600
  • Concessions: $2100 (students, unwaged, pensioners - proof of status required)

Places will be offered:

  1. to those who have submitted a written request
  2. and secured by a $700 deposit

Refund/Cancelation Policy

The deposits and registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. However, the organizer reserves the right to cancel this program due to low enrollment, which would make the event non-viable. In the case of such a cancelation, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Accommodation

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For More INformation and to Register, Contact:

Dr. Pedram Khosronejad
Farzaneh Family Scholar
Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
School of International Studies
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
Phone: 405-744-6179
E-mail: Pedram.khosronejad@okstate.edu