Art of the Documentary with Irina Patkanian, PEAR

$35, $25 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Limit 12 students

Students will meet in the third floor Heinen Design Lab, 533 Eaton Street

PLEASE NOTE: you will be required to provide proof of a recent negative Covid test, or of full Covid vaccination, to attend this program, as it is indoors. Masks required. Click here for details on the Covid-19 precautions we’re taking.

photo or small boy in urban street for Art of Documentary class given by Irina Patkanian, Artist in Residence


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Class Description

Documentaries are rapidly evolving. They used to strive to portray facts, real people and historic events as objectively as possible, but nowadays “creative” or hybrid documentaries are playing everywhere, when the director’s own original perspective is as prominent and essential to the film as the events and people it portrays. We live in a time of post truth, when reality has collapsed, prompting the late John Berger to say, “Maybe we live in a time when the truth is most easily told in Song.” Patkanian thinks he meant poetry. She will screen and discuss some Oscar nominated Op-Docs (under 15 min.) produced by The New York Times.

Meet Your Instructor

Irina Patkanian is an award-winning filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar, Professor of Film and Media Arts at Brooklyn College/CUNY, and the President of “In Parentheses,” a NYC based nonprofit film, theater & media arts company that supports immigrant women artists since 1995. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Patkanian came to the U.S. in 1991 after graduating from the University of St. Petersburg with a BA in English Literature & Linguistics. After receiving an MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, she was awarded an American Association of University Women International Fellowship to pursue an MFA degree in Film Production. Irina Patkanian makes hybrid (fiction/nonfiction) films questioning history with poetry, memory with animation, film with theater.  Irina’s films have screened at more than 140 film festivals worldwide, (incl. DOC NYC, Ann Arbor, STARZ Denver, Palm Springs, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and many other), winning more than 30 awards. Her work has been supported by fellowships and grants from New York State Council of the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, FA, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations, as well as artist residencies at MacDowell, Millay, Ucross Foundation and Obermann Center for Humanities.

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