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.
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.