New Biopics is a course giving you an opportunity to investigate, critique, experiment with, and produce moving-image work around the concept of “the biography.” Using traditional cinematic strategies as a starting point, we will challenge conventional forms of biographical narratives and incorporate an expansive range of subject matter that embraces non-human entities as worthy and underrepresented demographics. Class time will include screenings and discussions of a broad range of biopics, including “talking head” documentaries, hybrid filmmaking works, new media projects, and the films of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab. Weekly readings from scholars such as Donna Haraway will challenge you to think critically and imaginatively about biographical production, consumption, and reification. In-class production exercises will focus on techniques for filming interviews, basic lighting setups and verité scene coverage. A series of weekly assignments will guide the development of your final video project of trans-human work.
Keith Wilson is a filmmaker, visual artist and bookmaker based in San Francisco. His films have been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest, the United States National Gallery of Art and documenta14. His latest short documentary film, THE TREE, will premiere at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival and was the subject of a solo installation and performance at Artist Television Access in 2016. Keith’s artist book press Breezy Circle recently participated in the 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair and his publications have been exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery, The Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Brandhorst Museum in Munich. Keith has an MFA in film production from the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas-Austin.