We’re teaming up with Low Key Arts’ Inception to Projection program to offer a one-of-a-kind program to train emerging filmmakers in the craft of documentary filmmaking. Led by seasoned filmmaker Nathan Willis, the program will foster a collaborative workshop environment for each participant to create their own original short documentary film that will premiere at the 33rd Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in October, as well as at the Persistence of Vision Film Festival in Hot Springs, AR January 2025.

Course Dates

Monday, July 8 - Sunday, September 1
Lectures hosted on ZOOM Mondays from 5:00-8:00PM CENTRAL
Class Cost $400/person (Limited need-based scholarships are available.)

The Workshop will cover the Following:

  • Writing for Documentary
  • Building Relationships with On-Screen Participants
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Camera and Lighting Techniques
  • Journalistic Code of Ethics
  • Archive Media and Post-Production

Nathan Willis is a documentary filmmaker who has spent his entire life in the American South. He is interested in stories about people, community, faith, disability, and the power of art. He works almost exclusively as a one-person production crew in order to tell intimate, character-driven stories.

His first feature-length documentary, Rap Squad, won a Mid-America Emmy Award for Best Cultural Documentary and aired on PBS stations across the U.S. as part of the PBS series, Reel South.

His second feature-length documentary, 7 Days: The Opioid Crisis in Arkansas, was created in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas PBS and tells stories of individuals whose lives have been affected by the opioid epidemic. The hour-long film reached over one million views on YouTube within 6 months of being released and was nominated for two Mid America Emmy Awards.

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