Join us for a deep dive into creative nonfiction
featuring four in-depth discussions with
pairs of creative nonfiction filmmakers
Space is limited. Don’t miss out.
Pre-register for the workshop today to purchase tickets once they are on sale!
What is creative nonfiction?
Creative nonfiction films are more than mere information dumps; instead, these films are as much about how they’re about their subject as what they’re about, exploring the meaning of terms like ‘truth’ and ‘reality’. Think films like Stories We Tell, The Look of Silence, NUTS!, and Faces Places.
Why attend the Creative Nonfiction Workshop?
Our speakers are boundary-pushing nonfiction filmmakers who are thoughtful and articulate about their work and have changed how we think about nonfiction filmmaking.
Each session of the 2021 Creative Nonfiction Workshop will feature a facilitated discussion with a pair of filmmakers with similar interests to go beyond what you’d find in a regular interview or Q&A and deeper into filmmaking process and philosophy.
Get a chance to ask questions directly to each of our speakers and meet fellow nonfiction film lovers and filmmakers among the attendees to share your enthusiasm for the genre.
Watch the livestreams & talk to the filmmakers
With your ticket to the 2021 Creative Nonfiction Workshop, you’ll get an invitation to join us on Zoom for each of the discussions. During the Q&A, turn your mic & camera on to ask the filmmakers questions directly.
Can’t make the live stream? The recording will be available after for you to catch up.
Two weeks before each event, we’ll email you about how to watch films by the filmmakers, highlighting essential works and what to watch for.
Watch the films
With your ticket, you’ll get a access to free virtual screenings of some of the films made by our guests which hare hard or impossible to find. Confirmed titles included Cheryl Foggo’s John Ware Reclaimed and Eliane Raheb’s Sleepless Nights.
Discuss the sessions & the films with a community
Meet other film lovers and filmmakers who are also attending The 2021 Creative Nonfiction Workshop and discuss the sessions, and the movies in our online community.
We’ll also be holding informal Zoom meetups with ticket holders prior to each masterclass to discuss the films.
Plus, we’ll make some of the hard-to-see films by the filmmakers available to you free as an attendee.
Get the book + read early excerpts
The Creative Nonfiction Workshop will coincide with the July 30 release of Seventh Row’s new book on creative nonfiction, Subjective reality: The art of creative nonfiction film, in which all of our guests are featured.
With your ticket, you’ll get a free copy of the book. Plus, we’ll release excerpts from the book throughout the event to complement your viewing.
The workshop will feature four live-streamed masterclasses throughout July and August with pairs of filmmakers.
Each masterclass will be focused around a particular question related to creative nonfiction filmmaking, such as “How can creative nonfiction reframe history?”
Our amazing lineup for guests will be announced soon. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of our guests!
Session 1: Saturday, July 3 @ 5 pm ET – A workshop on how creative nonfiction films are reclaiming history
In this masterclass, Foggo, Chin-Yee, and Joynt will discuss how they navigated telling stories that had rarely been told before and connecting that history to the present day lives of marginalised people.
Confirmed screening access: Watch John Ware Reclaimed free before the masterclass. The film is otherwise only available on VOD in limited territories.
Session 2: Sunday, July 18th @ 5pm ET: Telling personal stories
In this masterclass, directors Kirsten Johnson and Sophy Romvari will discuss telling personal stories through cinema and how film can be used as a tool to process and preserve emotions.
Session 3: August date TBA: Collaborating with friends to craft their portrait
In this masterclass, directors Jonas Poher Rasmussen and Eliane Raheb will discuss collaborating with a friend to tell their story in a collaborative and accurate way, and how creative techniques allowed them to do that.
Confirmed screening access: Watch Raheb’s previous feature, currently unavailable elsewhere, Sleepless Nights (2012)
Session 4: Late August; Date TBA – A workshop on crafting character studies in creative nonfiction
In this masterclass, Robert Greene and Joe Bini will discuss their approach to documentary characters studies and making films without resources.
An intro to creative nonfiction
We started using the term ‘creative nonfiction’ to describe boundary-pushing work in nonfiction filmmaking after filmmaker Penny Lane described her own documentaries with the term. Check out our Lockdown Film School session introducing creative nonfiction from last year. We’ll be building on this session with the Creative Nonfiction Workshop.
We’d like to thank Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema for sponsoring this event.
We’d like to thank our other sponsors:
We are still accepting additional private and corporate sponsors and donors.
Become a Sponsor
The Lockdown Film School Creative Nonfiction Miniseries sponsorships offer a valuable opportunity to showcase your brand and gain targeted exposure to filmmakers, film lovers, film educators, and film students.
The Creative Nonfiction Workshop is a Lockdown Film School miniseries. We recommend checking out the recordings of past Lockdown Film School events, particularly our intro to creative nonfiction which is a great preview of what’s to come this summer.
Because we’re inviting the most exciting creative nonfiction filmmakers working today, some of their films are still on the festival circuit or not possible to find around the world. We’re currently working on licensing screenings of films by as many of the filmmakers as possible. The cost of the screenings will be integrated into the ticket price.
Whether you’re a casual viewer or a film expert, the series is for you. We won’t talk down to you, but we also won’t go over your head with technical jargon. The series is designed to help you think about creative nonfiction film and its possibilities and how directors achieve their vision.
As a ticket holder, you’ll be able to access a recording of each livestream after the event so you can watch or rewatch the conversation.
No. The workshop is intended to be an ongoing discussion series built around a community of attendees. As such, you can only attend by purchasing a ticket to the entire event (all four sessions).
A ticket to attend the full series is $199.99 CAD.
If you can’t afford to attend the series, 20 free tickets for each livestream event will be available for free on the day of the event. You won’t receive any of the other benefits though of being a ticketholder.