Modes of Documentary: A Free 16mm Film Production Workshop with Fern Silva



Through discussions, screenings, and by shooting a 16mm film project, workshop attendants will examine the contemporary and historical conventions of representing reality in various non fiction film formats and modes of documentary, including the travelogue, the home movie and reportage while reflecting on subjects like the self in relation to others, and issues concerning intercultural encounters.

Working in both crews and individually, participants will learn how to make a 16mm film with a Bolex camera and utilize the greater downtown Windsor area as their set by traveling to a variety of locations to cover particular events, people and natural phenomena.

The finished films will then be professionally screened and followed by a discussion!

Note: The screening component of this workshop will be scheduled according to the availability of participants and turn around time for film production and processing.

Limited space available. To participate you must register!
To register or for more information please email us:
The workshop is FREE and open to the public in Windsor and Detroit.

When and where:

Saturday July 26th, 12pm – 5pm
Sunday July 27th, 12pm – 5pm

Art Gallery of Windsor
401 Riverside Dr. West
Windsor, ON

“Fern Silva‘s framing and in-camera editing techniques create a unique visual and narrative logic in which time and space are of little concern. From such far-flung locals as France, Turkey, and Egypt come a kaleidoscopic array of images, each depicting some expansive landscape, city sprawl, or sociocultural ritual. The technique is jarring yet intriguingly rhythmic.” — Drew Hurst, Chicago Reader

Fern Silva is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Moving Image in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has made more than a dozen short films, experimenting with various documentary and narrative modes. His films have screened at festivals including Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, Edinburgh, Oberhausen, London and Media City and at other venues such as Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, San Francisco Cinematheque, Museum of Art Lima, and the Museum of Modern Art P.S.1. He was listed as one of the Top 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment Magazine’s Avant-Garde Filmmakers Poll and received the Gus Van Sant Award from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival. He holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Bard College.