Baltic International Summer School will introduce collaborative documentary film techniques

Baltic International Summer School 2018 participants will take part in workshops exploring new approaches in documentary production designed for the digital age, led by Fulbright Specialist Helen De Michiel, a US-based professional producer, writer and director. Her lecture and workshops focus on using documentary storytelling for community engagement, dialogue and encouraging marginalized and invisible voices to be heard.

How do we collect, share and tell the stories of our communities? One of the markers of an expanded documentary practice is how media creators bring distinctive new voices and histories into the 21st century media landscape. Using accessible tools and dynamic platforms, producers are now collaborating with citizen storytellers to develop media literacy skills and generate meaningful impact. In these presentations and workshops, participants will learn a toolkit approach towards understanding the new media landscape and how to produce documentaries that engage with audiences in new and creative ways.

Helen De Michiel is a filmmaker, author and multimedia producer. Her feature narrative and documentary, public television and pioneering new media projects have been screened and circulated around the world. Her co-authored book, Open Space New Media Documentary: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice, was published in 2018.  She is currently in production on a new feature documentary, Knocking On Doors.

BISS is a summer education program, which takes place at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) for the 20th time from June 19th until June 30th in 2018. BISS programme is organised by the Vidzeme University in collaboration with State Development Agency of the Republic of Latvia, the Council of the Baltic Sea States, U.S. Embassy in Riga, University of Minnesota Morris, and Valmiera Municipality.

Information prepared by

Annija Nizina

Baltic International Summer School

Public Relations specialist