2017 Documentary Video Workshop

This year SFA launched an annual week-long Documentary Video workshop in Oxford, Mississippi, taught by Pihakis Foodways Filmmaker Ava Lowrey. Six workshop participants spent the week learning SFA-devised methods and approaches to video documentary storytelling techniques and an intro to digital filmmaking. In addition, they were divided into crews and assigned a short video to complete by the workshop’s end.

Left to right: Alex Richey, Keely Smith and William Nieman filming at Larson’s Cash Saver, and William Graham, Sophia Nelson, and Ashley McGee filming at Neon Pig

One group spent the week working on a short documentary about local grocery store Larson’s CashSaver. Larson’s is a local favorite spot for lunch, and the lunch counter line runs the length of the store on busy days.

The other group completed a short documentary about Neon Pig, a local butcher shop that breaks down whole local animals in house. They also have a restaurant where they prepare burgers and more.

Students screened final projects at the end of the week in Barnard Observatory to a full center crowd. We were thrilled with the work they produced. You can watch both films below.