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Bay Area Documentary Filmmakers: Burrill Crohn  

Michael Fox The Bay Area has an international reputation as a bastion of documentary filmmakers. Over the last 40 years, local filmmakers have gravitated to exposing contemporary social injustices at home and abroad and reviving ignored or forgotten history. There are only three places in the country—New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area—where a different lineup of independent documentary filmmakers could be assembled for a class year after year. Bay Area doc makers are a highly political breed, dedicated to exposing social injustices at home and abroad and reviving ignored or forgotten history. Each session of the class features a recent film followed by a discussion with the director. We’ll focus on the practical and ethical challenges of making documentaries, from conception through production and post production to distribution. Filmmaker: Burrill Crohn Film: Playing with Parkinson’s (2015, 50 min) Jazz guitarist and vocalist Sangeeta Michael Berardi sets out to record a new album, adapting and accounting for the effects of Parkinson’s disease. Burrill Crohn’s work has appeared on PBS, Bravo, BET and A&E, as well as NHK (Japan), BBC and Channel 4 (U.K.) and broadcast or cable outlets in more than 30 other countries. He has screened at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, The Museum of Broadcasting (in the permanent collection) and at numerous film festivals. His focus has primarily been music, and he has worked with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Linda Ronstadt, Marian McPartland, Carmen McRae, Joe Williams (with the Count Basie Orchestra) and many others. Crohn won a Cable ACE Award for his work in this field. His interest in traditional medicine has led him to film shamans and other healers in Mexico to Ecuador, Brazil, China, United States, Canada and New Zealand. Michael Fox is a San Francisco journalist and critic who has written about movies for more than 40 publications since 1987. He hosted KQED's "Independent View" and wrote the "Reel World" column in SF Weekly for a decade. Fox has sat on juries, moderated panels and contributed program notes for the San Francisco International, Mill Valley, United Nations Association and Cinequest film festivals. Fox is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. *These are not included in multicourse memberships. This workshop will be held.*