Topics and groups:
There will be six different topics/groups that will each produce a 10-12 minute documentary on a particular aspect of the era. They are:
Carl Stokes election as Mayor of Cleveland in 1968. He was the first African-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city.
GEAR – the Gay Education and Awareness Resources Foundation in Cleveland founded in the 1970s, was an important organization in the LGBTQ community.
The 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. The event that many believe helped launch the modern environmental movement
The 1970s Akron/Cleveland Punk Scene. One of America’s most interesting music scenes.
The strike at the GM plant in Lordstown. One of the most important labor conflicts of the 1970s.
roles within groups:
Although everyone in each group will contribute in a variety of different ways, there will be certain roles that one person will serve as the lead. These include: director, screenwriter, camera operator, editor, sound technician, researcher. Groups will determine their own composition.
Basic requirements for the documentary:
Although no two documentaries will be the same and I encourage each group to create its own style and approach there are certain requirements that each documentary should contain. These include: a compelling story, interesting characters, original footage (live action shots), archival footage (which would include photographs), narration, interviews, quotes, scholarly interviews, music (both period and atmospheric), a point of view, and a demonstration of solid research.
Rather than a final exam we will host a film festival where we will publicly exhibit our films. There will be juried prizes and Q&A sessions following each film.