John Dewey and doccumentary [sic] narrative

by Mueller, Denis.

Abstract (Summary)
Don Callen, Advisor This dissertation is the first submission to take full advantage of the use of video clips as part of the presentation. My work is a combination of traditional scholarship and a visual account concerning the construction of the different narratives in my films. It also contains interviews with other filmmakers about narrative construction in their films. My aim is to show how a new mode of representation in the documentary film, with ties to the theories of John Dewey and his view of art in experience, has developed throughout the past several years and that, in this mode, the filmmaker becomes an observational/participant in the making of the film. This process is tied to John Dewey’s idea of the concerned citizen in a democracy and his belief in the idea of art based in the concept of experience. The examination of my films will use video illustrations, which will allow the dissertation to provide a visual commentary on the thought process of a filmmaker. This will give the dissertation a self-reflexive quality that is part of a long tradition of scholarship by documentary filmmakers. I include, as part of the dissertation, a newly edited version of an updated film and a sample from a new film that I have begun. The interview sections with other filmmakers provide us with a glimpse into their thought process as they discuss narrative construction in their documentary films. This section will establish the links between John Dewey’s thoughts on the process of inquiry and the development of a documentary film. I also will reveal how Dewey’s view of art iv provides filmmakers, scholars, and students with a fresh look into the construction of the documentary film and the idea of art in experience. v This dissertation is dedicated to all the soldiers who have died in war due to the tyranny of elites. vi
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:dewey john documentary films


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