Narrative Storytelling in Documentary Film

Thu, 05/19/2011 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Join us for this very special evening with renowned filmmaker Sam Pollard.

Through Mr. Pollard’s illustrious thirty-year career as a producer, director and editor of fiction and non-fiction films, he has become a master of narrative storytelling. In this intimate master class, he will share with us how his experience working in fiction films (including frequent collaborations with Spike Lee), has informed his ability to craft compelling narratives out of non-fiction material.

Screening clips from acclaimed films such as Jungle Fever, Clockers, Bamboozled, 4 Little Girls, If God is Willing, and Style Wars, he’ll take us through his unique creative process, focusing on how to find, craft and shape a story, even when your documentary footage seems to have no rhyme or reason.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn from one of the industry’s most respected storytellers.

Sam Pollard

Sam Pollard's professional accomplishments as a feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director span almost thirty years.

He has directed and produced an accolade of noteworthy documentaries, such as Brother Outsider, Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crosswords, I'll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community, and Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun for American Masters.

Pollard has also worked extensively on Spike Lee’s films, including editing Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, Bamboozled, and When the Levees Broke. As well, Mr. Pollard and Mr. Lee co-produced a couple of documentary productions for the small and big screen: Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson, and Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1965 Birmingham church bombings which was nominated for an Academy Award.

His productions have won multiple Emmy Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, the George Polk Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Pare Lorentz Award from the International Documentary Association. Pollard is also a Professor of Film Studies at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently working on a 90-minute national PBS prime-time television documentary, Slavery by Another Name, to be broadcast nationwide in the fall of 2012.


$15 / DCTV Members
$20 / Members of Shooting People, DocuClub, NYWIFT, IFP, and students/educators with ID
$30 / General

Doors open 7pm. No admittance after 8pm.