Tackling Social Issues through Character-Driven Documentary
Watching real people living their lives can be a powerful entryway to a deep and personal understanding of the social issues of our time, not just in the abstract, but in their full complexity. Character-driven documentaries allow the audience to identify with specific individuals and, through personal stories, bring to light issues that reflect greater social problems and injustices. In this workshop, we will discuss the social issues that you would like to focus on in your next video project and explore ways for you to find characters that bring these issues to life. We will focus on the groundwork of making a documentary - the research. It is in the research where you begin to lay out your story, find your characters, figure out the visual style, and creatively problem solve. This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of developing an idea into a viable documentary project.
After a Fulbright Scholarship studying the Women’s Movement in Argentina nd working in community development, Margaret Galbraith pursued film studies at NYU and the New School. She completed her first two short documentaries, Salsa Salon and Krumbs, in 2007. Salsa Salon won Outstanding Achievement in Documentary at the 2008 New School Invitational Film Show and the 2008 Jury Award for Short Documentary at the 12th International Latino Film Festival in San Francisco. Krumbs won Best Documentary at the Texas Black Film Festival in February 2009 and was shown on the Documentary Channel from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, Margaret completed her first feature-length documentary, Stickman. It won Best Documentary Feature at the Frame for Frame Festival in Arlington, Texas, the 2017 Best Texas Film award at the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas, and was the 39th Annual Telly Awards Gold Winner.