More news from the urinal:

As a teacher on campus, there’s always the possibility of coming across students I’m teaching or have taught in the restrooms.  This morning right before class, I made a pit stop at the urinals.  One of my students walked up and took his place a couple s places down.  I could tell he was looking my way, and so I looked to see if he was going to say anything.

“Morning Torg,” he said, sort of laughing.

“Am I the first professor with whom you chatted at the urinal?”

“Yes,” he said, looking thoughtful, as if he had more to say.   “I”m not quite sure how to say this.”

“Uh, huh.”

“I think you’re the first professor I’ve ever talked to.”

It might be that he meant outside of class, which would be bad enough, but I think he may have meant that he’d never talked with any of his profs anywhere.

What will you do your documentary on? Do you want to work with others?

As I’ve been conferencing with students, I’m finding that many students aren’t in love with their documentary project and they wish they had some people to work with.   I’d like for all my students to reply to this post and share their idea, whether or not they are feeling confident, and if they’d like to work with a couple more people.

The documentary film will be worth 15% of your grade: 5 for engagement of audience (using voice over, transitions, credits, music, etc), 5 for the presence of research, and 5 for an understandable message/story/argument.

Here’s the link to my tutorial for moviemaker:

http://www.youtube.com/user/williamtorgerson#p/u/0/fVgDk6Nnjxg

Some Documentaries I Reccomend:

Matt Austin Don't You Forget about Me
Don’t You Forget About Me / The Work of John Hughes

A group of filmmakers go on a quest to meet the maker of films such as Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. Watch the trailer here.

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Food Inc.
Food Inc.

In the classes I teach, we try to start by figuring out a research question so we can enter into hot pursuit for answers.  This documentary offers a great example of the research question:  Where does my food come from?  Under what conditions was it produced?  Watch the trailer here.

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Trouble the Water.  An Inside Look at Hurricane Katrina.
Trouble the Water. An Inside Look at Hurricane Katrina.

An inside look at Hurricane Katrina from two who survived the storm.  Watch the trailer here.

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Maxed Out
If you want to know what the credit card companies are up to, watch MAXED OUT

Whoa!  Some of the folks in this film–the bill collectors–are some nasty people.  Watch the trailer here.

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No Impact Man
No Impact Man

Here’s a radical experiment by a Manhattan family who works toward leaving a minimal environmental footprint.  Watch the trailer here.

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The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff

Not sure this is quite a documentary.  More like an important lecture about all that stuff we feel like we have to buy.  Watch the trailer here.