Course Title BendFilm Deep Dive
Course Number 20601
Instructors Tony Russell, Associate Professor of English, Central Oregon Community College
Date Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 11 - 13
Time & Location Time: Discussion, Friday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13, 10 - 11:30 a.m. in Obsidian Hall 204, plus film times & locations
Credit 1 Workshop Credit
Cost $35 application fee + $79 tuition (includes cost of film tickets that are part of the workshop)

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Course Description

The focus of this deep dive is independent film — from its origins in a lawsuit against the Thomas Edison trust to its cyclical migrations both away from and back toward the major Hollywood studios. A classroom discussion will uncover how B movies and exploitation films paved the way for the indie scene of the 1990s — and the films of the likes of Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino — as well as the rise of independent film festivals such as Sundance and BendFilm.

The workshop includes four films* at the BendFilm Festival: "First Reformed," Oscar-nominated "Carol," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and Oscar-winning "Boys Don't Cry." All four films were produced by BendFilm's IndieWoman of the Year award winner Christine Vachon. Vachon will host a conversation at the screening of Carol.

You'll do an extended analysis of the films, discuss what they are able to do as independent films (that Hollywood films might not have), delve into Vachon's writings about her films, and evaluate Ros Jennings' inclusion of Vachon (a producer) in a book on fifty contemporary filmmakers that is almost entirely dedicated to directors.

*Film tickets included in cost of workshop