DOKUMENTARFILM: The Berlin Connection

Nov 10


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Fri, Nov 10

Friday, Nov. 10

DOKUMENTARFILM:  Workshop + Screening

Berlin-based American filmmaker RICK MINNICH has been making documentaries on both continents for 20 years.  His films have screened on every continent except Antarctica, and have won numerous awards.  On November 10, Rick presents a two-part event at Pittsburgh Filmmakers:


Rick gives a practical, non-techie session on documentary cinematography. Among the topics are:

  • Shooting without a Script:  How to get great observational material

  • Light:  Existing sources and supplementing with your own

  • Shooting solo vs. the Director-DP partnership

1 - 5p
$20 Regular admission
$15 Students and PF/PCA members


Two darkly comic films by Minnich about contemporary Germany that harken to its recent past: 

  • THE BOMB HUNTERS (52 min), about Oranienburg, a German city plagued with unexploded bombs from World War II.

  • THE BOOK OF LENINS (24 min), about the filmmaker's attempt to make a coffee table book about the last remaining statues of Lenin. Rick will talk about these films and about his adventures making films across multiple continents.

$8 Regular admission
$4 Workshop attendees

RICK MINNICH is the current Documentary Filmmaker in Residence at Robert Morris University’s Center for Documentary Production and Study.  RMU and The Pittsburgh Filmmakers School are co-sponsors of this event.