Documenting Justice filmmaking initiative accepting applications

By:    Date: 01-03-2013

Priority deadline is March 22. Applications are now available for the 2013-2014 class of Documenting Justice, a nationally unique, two-semester course in documentary filmmaking that gives University of Alabama students of all majors the opportunity to explore social justice issues in their state or around the world through the creation of original, nonfiction films. Applications are due March 22, but early submittal is recommended.

An initiative of the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and the UA Department
of Telecommunication & Film, Documenting Justice involves study of film theory,
documentary history, nonfiction storytelling techniques and the technical aspects of film
production. The program culminates with a public premiere of the films. Past Documenting Justice projects have gone on to film festivals across the country as well, and several have won awards. While the course is designed for non-film majors, those with production experience also are encouraged to apply.

“Documenting Justice is a remarkable opportunity for anyone interested in nonfiction filmmaking and social justice issues,” said Andy Grace, director of Documenting Justice. “Open to students from across campus – undergrads, graduate students and law students – the class has consistently produced thought-provoking and compelling documentary films.”

Undergraduate credit for Documenting Justice is available through UA Telecommunication & Film, Anthropology, New College and Honor’s College. Graduate credit is available for law students and through Telecommunication & Film. Two sections of the course are available. Alabama Documenting Justice focuses on issues of justice and injustice in Alabama, and International Documenting Justice, for those who plan to study abroad, allows students to tell social-justice-themed stories from all corners of the globe.

An award-winning team of filmmakers teach the course: Andy Grace, director of Documenting Justice and member of the UA Department of Telecommunication & Film, and Rachel Morgan, adjunct instructor at UA and instructor of radio and TV at Lawson State Community College. The course also includes guest lectures from other professionals with expertise in documentary filmmaking.

Interested students should complete the short application online. Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled. As applications are received, students will be contacted to schedule an interview with instructors. For more information, please call 205-348-6495 or send an e-mail to cesr@ua.edu.