Master Classes with Oscar® Documentarians 2016 (Recap)

Recognising the importance of creative exchanges, the Initiative brings world class filmmakers to Hong Kong for the Master Classes with Oscar Documentarians programme. This year, we invited two-time Oscar nominee James Longley and three-time Oscar nominee, 2007 Oscar Documentary Short winner Thomas Lennon. Two weekend of classes and a series of public screenings, symposium and lecture events were held from 29 October to 6 November 2016. See below the full videos of the events.

Monday 31 October

Screening of Iraq in Fragments (2006) and Q&A with James Longley

7:30pm at Theatre 303, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU 
Moderator:
Professor Keith Richburg, Director of JMSC

Tuesday 1 November

Screening of Sari’s Mother (2006) and Q&A with James Longley

7:30pm at Theatre 303, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU 
Moderator:
 Susanna Chui-yung Cheung (張翠容), war correspondent and international affairs commentator

Wednesday 2 November

Storytelling for a Global Audiences—Filming characters of different cultures and reaching an International audience

7:30pm at Yuet Ming Auditorium, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU
Speakers: James Longley and Thomas Lennon
Moderator: Ruby Yang

Thursday 3 November

Screening of The Warriors of Qiugang (2010) and Lecture on Narrative VS Non-Narrative Documentary by Thomas Lennon

7:30pm at Yuet Ming Auditorium, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU
Speakers: Thomas Lennon
Moderator: Ruby Yang

Friday 4 November

Screening of Thomas Lennon’s work in Progress (Private Event—Master Classes participants and invited guests only)

Masters This Year

Documentarians James Longley and Thomas Lennon each taught a weekend class, offering filmmaking insights and individual project feedbacks to participants.

JAMES LONGLEY

Academy Award® nominations
Sari’s Mother (2006)
Iraq in Fragments (2006)

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THOMAS LENNON

Academy Award® winner
The Blood of Yingzhou District (2007)
Academy Award® nominations
The Warriors of Qiugang (2010)
The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996)

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Master Classes Timetable

There were two sections of classes: Section A with James Longley—29-30 October 2016, Section B with Thomas Lennon—05-06 November 2016. Both weekend’s classes ran on a similar schedule. Click on the dates below to see more about the classes.

Day 1: 29 October/05 November

9:30am – 12:30pm

SUBJECT: ART AND CRAFT OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Get inspiration from the world-class documentarian and learn about the creative process
Sharing on artistic vision and perspective on documentary filmmaking

2-5pm

SUBJECT: LIVE FEEDBACK ON INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

There are no universal rules, each approach is different depending on the work

Day 2: 30 October/06 November

9:00am – 4:00pm

SUBJECT: LIVE FEEDBACK ON INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

Following on from the Saturday morning class, selected attendees will receive live feedback on short work samples of their current projects

*Conducted in English. 20 participants per class. For enquiries, please email info.hkdocumentary@gmail.com