Master Class/Documentary: Editing
Murray Center for Documentary Journalism professor Robert Greene — director of “Kate Plays Christine,” which screens at SLIFF — explores how to create psychological transparency in documentary editing. Documentary is made from the tensions between truth and fabrication. To best serve the viewer in the midst of this inherent uncertainty, documentary filmmakers must create a space for audiences to understand what exactly it is that they're watching. Documentarians must provide ways for their viewers to read through their nonfiction images. Part of the filmmaker's job, then, is to edit scenes in ways that create this space — to manufacture, in a sense, a "psychological transparency" that empowers viewers, while also using the tools of cinema to lead them on an experiential journey. Using clips from his and other's work, Greene leads a discussion about some ways to do this. Greene’s other documentaries include “Actress,” “Fake It So Real,” and “Kati with an I”; he’s also worked as an editor on numerous films, both documentary and narrative, including “Listen Up Philip” and “Killing Them Safely.”
Mean Streets is a program of The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is engaged in a four-year initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.