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[Past Event] The Art of the Mockumentary | Livestream Zoom

Course Description:

This cinematic studies course explores and examines a relatively new and delightful comedy subgenre - the Mockumentary - a movie or TV program that takes the form of a serious documentary in order to satirize its subject, depicting the fictional events as real.

First produced in the early 1930s, Mockumentaries are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itself

Each course participant individually will view the film selected for the week, available to rent via a streaming source, and then engage in discourse with others online. Among the films which may be included are: How to Sleep (1935), Real Life (1979), Zelig (1983), Man Bites Dog (1992), Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), and For Your Consideration (2006).

[Please note: Schedule with home viewing options will be provided.]


Tuition: $0.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


Thursdays, Aug. 26; Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23; *3:30 - 5:00pm* (5 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Malcolm Weintraub, inveterate cineaste, is a devotee of fillm studies paying special attention to cinema thematics.