Masterclasses are one of the key resources we offer – free talks by some of the most exciting international filmmakers. You can watch footage of past events, with speakers including Nick Broomfield, Philibert, Glawogger, at our Masterclasses page.
This September we have a great, diverse programme of Masterclasses taking place. Here’s a little overview of what we have lined up.
Friday 16th September (14.30, ECA, Edinburgh) – Making Corruption Visible: The Story of a Good American with Friedrich Moser
Moser’s the Good American will be screened as part of the brilliant Take One Action festival taking place from 14th-25th September. We have partnered with them to host this presentation with the Austrian director of this timely and important film.
Mass surveillance is hot political topic, but how do you make it cinematic? Austrian director Friedrich Moser will share his experiences about diving into one of the most controversial issues of our times, visualising the revolutionary surveillance program “ThinThread,” handling highly classified materials, the corruption at NSA and his collaboration with codebreaker whistleblower Bill Binney.
Friday 23rd September (14.30, ECA, Edinburgh) – Blurring the lines: walking into, not over, someone’s life with Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
As creative artists for whom ethics lie at the core of their practice, documentary filmmakers routinely face difficult decisions when exploring controversial issues or filming vulnerable individuals.
Sonita director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, had to grapple with a particularly sensitive journey when the very act of filming her young protagonist’s story opened up life-changing prospects. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into one of 2016’s most successful documentary films which will also be screened at the Take One Action festival.
Both of the above, free but ticketed, events take place at ECA, Edinburgh. For more details and to book your place visit the Take One Action website.
Thursday 29th September (18.00, University of Edinburgh) – ‘Our City’: screening & extended Q&A with Maria Tarantino
‘This is Brussels, the capital of Europe, a city of concrete cages wrapped in glass, planned by businessmen and politicians, set in motion by construction workers, and animated by office people. But there, in the narrow spaces just beyond the reach of bureaucracy, lies the Brussels that still breathes. You can hear its multicultural heart beating and see the traces of all the other cities, the ones each person carries within him/herself. All of us together add up to create the complex body and dissonant identity of Our City.’ A cinematic portrait of the city of Brussels and its inhabitants.
We are partnering with The Centre for Francophone Belgian Studies at the University of Edinburgh to present this free event aimed at filmmakers, film students and anyone interested in this complex city!
This, free but ticketed, event will take place in George Square (University of Edinburgh), Edinburgh. You can book your place here.
Friday 30th September (15.00, CCA, Glasgow) – Masterclass: Raúl de la Moren & Antionio Centeno
We are partnering with SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) to bring you a masterclass with the directors of Spanish documentary, Yes, we fuck!, an unflinching and nuanced exploration of disability and sexual desire. Raúl de la Morena is a filmmaker who produces documentaries with Foro de vida independiente y divertad (Forum for Independent Living and Diversity). Antonio Centeno is a disability rights activist who embarked on Yes, we fuck! as a means to challenge society’s attitudes. The session will focus on the process of creating work on the theme of disability, the use of social media and crowdfunding in building a project, and documentary filmmaking with a limited budget.
This, free but ticketed, event will take place at CCA, Glasgow. For full details and to book a place, visit the SQIFF website.