Skip to content

Documentary Filmmaking: An Immersive Experience

Two-Day Workshop led by Melinda Levin

When you film a person, you are locking in the memory of a human being for eternity.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to structure a story; develop the basic tools for storytelling; and the important issues of domestic and international filmmaking practices. You will learn about some of the legal and ethical issues surrounding documentary filmmaking, and the impact the design of your film can have on a person, a cause, or a country. After viewing excerpts from a selection of documentary films directed and produced by Melinda Levin, we’ll talk about what happened behind the scenes, and the importance of being able to film in dangerous or life-changing situations.

We’ll discuss social media as documentary; your projects; how to get started; and sketch (or flesh) out a media story of your own.  Come with an idea for a documentary or journalistic piece you’d like to produce, and we’ll workshop it together over the course of this weekend immersion class.

Class enrollment is limited.

Melinda Levin is a director, producer, cinematographer and editor for numerous award-winning productions. Her body of media work examines environmental, cultural, socio-political, arts, and indigenous issues. Her most recent film, Mongolia: Earth and Spirit, is a documentary on a Mongolian Tibetan Buddhist monk, and illustrates his commitment to ecological protection of the brittle landscape near the Siberian border.

Levin has served as an artist citizen-ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, and has presented in Vietnam, Thailand, Tajikistan and in remote villages of the Hindu Kush range in the Afghanistan Autonomous Zone. She co-authored a commissioned article entitled “Enhancing Counter-Terrorism with Community-Empowered Ethnographies” for NATO’s Peace and Human Security Series on Human and Social Dynamics, and has presented this research at a NATO symposium in Antalya, Turkey.

Levin is a Professor of Media Arts and Director of the MFA program in Documentary Production and Studies at the University of North Texas.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 & Sunday, April 19, 2020; 10am – 3pm
Tuition: $175 | Early Bird (by April 1): $150



Apr 18 2020


10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Thoreau Society Bulletin is a 20-page newsletter with bibliographic information and writings on the life, works, and legacy of Henry Thoreau.

Each issue features news, upcoming events, and announcements from the Society, along with original short articles on new discoveries in and about the world of Thoreau, his contemporaries and related topics. It also contains a Notes & Queries section and a President’s Column, as well as additions to the Thoreau Bibliography and reviews of new literature relevant to the field. Edited by Brent Ranalli.

The Thoreau Society Bulletin is mailed to each member on a quarterly basis as a benefit of membership.

Membership includes a subscription to the annual journal.


The Concord Saunterer is a valuable aid to studies of Thoreau.” — Harold Bloom, Yale University

The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies is an annual peer-reviewed journal of Thoreau scholarship that features in-depth essays about Thoreau, his times and his contemporaries, and his influence today. Membership includes a subscription to the annual journal.


Get news from the Thoreau Society and learn about ways you can help preserve Thoreau Country as part of our common heritage and as the embodiment of Thoreau’s landmark contributions to social, political, and environmental thought.

The Thoreau Society®, Inc.
341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742
P: (978) 369-5310
F: (978) 369-5382

Educating people about the life, works, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau, challenging all to live a deliberate, considered life—since 1941.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Back To Top