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The 2012 Rough Cut Video Festival

April 09, 2012

The Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law presents the 2012 Rough Cut Video Festival at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The Video Festival will  feature a series of short films produced by members of the Visual Legal Advocacy Seminar, taught by Professor Regina Austin L’73, the William A. Schnader Professor or Law and Director of the Penn Program of Documentaries and the Law.

A central component of the Program, Austin’s seminar exposes students to the use and analysis of law-genre documentaries and how they are used within the legal academy, while they learn about legal issues that are involved in making documentaries and explore the uses of nonfiction film as a tool of legal advocacy.

The students were tasked with the creation of a nonfiction or documentary film of visual legal advocacy, starting with pre-production planning (including writing treatments and shooting scripts, budgeting, and scheduling), going on to the rudiments of production (including introductions to camera, lighting, and sound equipment), and concluding with post-production (including making paper edits and an introduction to editing).
The Festival will showcase the early edited—or “rough cut”—versions of each film. This year, tentative subjects include:
  • Criminal Court debt
  • The school-to-prison pipeline
  • SSI benefits for children with so-called “silent disabilities”
  • Immigrant women and services for victims of domestic violence
Feedback sessions will follow each video. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and CLE credits are available.