Course Description & Schedule - Fall 2016

Important Update:
CINE 19 will no longer use the Learning Management System Insight after Spring 2016. Beginning in Fall 2016, CINE 19 will use the Learning Management System Canvas.

Course Information:

Course Title:
Documentary, New Media and Society - CINE 19 Onl

Course Number: 75383
Section: 831

Prerequisite(s): None
Office Hours and Location: by email appointment:

* CINE 19 is a 3 unit lecture course. Students should expect to dedicate 6-8 hours per week to the course. We will be working over a total of 18 weeks (August 15th - December 18th).

* The class is fully online and does not require any face-to-face campus visits. I can be reached at (Monday-Friday). I will respond within 48 hours.
Course Description:
We will examine political documentaries and explore how digital technologies have revolutionized documentary cinema practice and reception. Using the films, critical writings, and original projects, students will investigate the relevance and impact of documentary filmmaking in the context of social networks, blogs, games, cell phones, and 3D virtual communities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course a student will:

1.     Evaluate the significance of the effects of digital technology on the creation, distribution and uses of contemporary cinema in the context of film history.
2.     Evaluate the significance of mobile cinema and the impact of multi-platform technologies on film form and aesthetics.
3.     Analyze in depth a diverse collection of non-fiction media, including, but not limited to full-length political documentary, short form film, and mobile cinema content.        
Required Reading and Viewing Materials:                    
There is one required textbook for the course:

* Introduction to Documentary (2nd Edition) by Bill Nichols

All other readings will be available as PDFs in Canvas. All films for the course will be available to view via Kanopy. Kanopy is a streaming service free to all CCSF students. To access Kanopy:

1. Go to the CCSF Articles & Databases page here:

2. Scroll down to Streaming Video and click on the link marked Kanopy Films

3. Enter your CCSF Barcode # located on your student ID card (not your student ID #)
Technical Requirements:
Use of the Canvas online learning system: If you have a question regarding how to use the Canvas system, please visit the Online Course Support Center at:
Student Readiness Questionnaire:
Are you wondering if online learning is right for you? Please visit this website and take the online survey to see if this class may be a good fit for you:
Course Content & Schedule: 
The course is currently being redeveloped for Canvas over the summer of 2016. I have posted a tentative schedule below. A finalized syllabus and course description will be available on Canvas on August 12th.

Week One: August 15 -
August 21 - Course Introduction

Participate in online meet and greet. Introduce yourself and post a photo.
Screening: Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (Pepita Ferrari, 2008)

Week Two:
August 22 - August 28 - Definitions of Documentary
Bill Nichols, “How Can We Define Documentary Film?” (pp. 1-41)
Screening: Photographic Memory (Ross McElwee, 2011)

Week Three:
August 29 - September 4 - Documentary Voice and the Digital Age
Bill Nichols, “What Gives Documentary Films a Voice of Their Own?” (pp. 67-93)
Screening: I Love Alaska (Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug, 2009)

Week Four:
September 5 - September 11 - Documentary Modes: Expository and Poetic
Bill Nichols, “How Can We Differentiate Among Documentaries? Categories, Models, and the Expository and Poetic Modes of Documentary Film” (pp. 142-171)

Screening: Night and Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955) & Rain (Joris Ivens, 1929)

Week Five:
September 12 - September 18 - Documentary Modes: Observational, Participatory, Reflexive, and Performative
Bill Nichols, “How Can We Describe the Observational, Participatory, Reflexive, and Performative Modes of Documentary Film?" (pp. 172-211)
Screening: CLIPS: Salesman (Albert & David Maysles, 1968), Nobody’s Business (Alan Berliner, 1996), Five Obstructions (Jorgen Leth & Lars von Trier, 2004) & Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989)  

Week Six: September 19 - September 25 - Citizen Journalism and Digital Platforms
Read: Bill Nichols, “How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?” (pp. 212-252)
Screening: @home (Susanne Suffredin, 2013)

Week Seven:
September 26 - October 2 - Social Media and the Arab Spring
Read: Howard Rheingold, “Using Participatory Media and Public Voice to Encourage Civic Engagement” & Jennifer James, “8 Tips for Effectively Using Social Media for Social Change”  

Screening: How Facebook Changed The World - The Arab Spring - Episode 1 of 2 (BBC, 2011)

Week Eight:
October 3 - October 9Civil Liberty in the Digital Age
Read: Dennis West and Joan M. West, “Big Brother’s Terms and Conditions Do Apply: An Interview with Cullen Hoback”  
Terms and Conditions May Apply (Cullen Hoback, 2013)

Week Nine:
October 10 - October 16 - MIDTERM

Week Ten: 
October 17 - October 23 - Documentary and Digital Convergence
Henry Jenkins, “Introduction: ‘Worship at the Altar of Convergence’ – A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change”
Screening: Stranger Comes to Town (Jacqueline Goss, 2007) & Converging Technologies (TV Choice, 2008)

Week Eleven:
October 24 - October 30 - Transmedia Storytelling
Read: Henry Jenkins, “Transmedia Storytelling 101”
Land of Opportunity (Luisa Dantas, 2010)

Week Twelve: October 31
- November 6 - Immersive Journalism
Read: Nonny de la Peña et al., “Immersive Journalism: Immersive Virtual Reality for the First-Person Experience of News"
Across the Line (Nonny de la Peña, 2016), Project Syria (Nonny de la Peña, 2014), Use of Force (Nonny de la Peña, 2013) & Hunger in Los Angeles (Nonny de la Peña, 2012)

Week Thirteen: November 7 - November 13 - i-Docs: Interactive Documentary
Read: Kate Nash, “Modes of Interactivity: Analyzing the Webdoc”
Screening: The Displaced (Imrann Esmail & Ben Solomon, 2015)

Week Fourteen: November 14 - November 20 - Documentary and Remix Culture
Read: Pat Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi, “Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video”
Screening: A Fair(y) Use Tale (Eric Faden, 2007)

Week Fifteen: November 21 - November 27 - HOLIDAY BREAK

Week Sixteen: November 28 - December 4 - Transhumanism and Society
Google Glass Live Demonstration I/O 2012 Keynote & Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (Regan Brashear, 2013)

Week Seventeen:
December 5 - December 11 - Digital Technology & Sexuality
Read: Deb Levine, “Using Technology, New Media, and Mobile for Sexual and Reproductive Health”
Screening: InRealLife (Beeban Kidron, 2014)

Week Eighteen: FINAL DUE December 18