This course is designed for Nonprofit and For Profit organizations to understand the many ways they can strategically and authentically further their mission by utilizing the creative process that underlies the craft of storytelling.

The same creative process and questions experienced filmmakers rely on to craft the storytelling in a film can be creatively applied to many aspects of an organization in service of its mission: identity building and communication, fuller harnessing of existing resources and strengths (human and other), outreach and education efforts, video-making, the creation of live events (public speaking, press conferences, media interviews, galas), construction of websites and written materials, even media campaigns, and even human resource efforts such as leadership building, guiding collaborative and effective team work, and generating fuller use of and participation by stakeholders and supporters.

The course includes an advance preparatory phone call to clarify individual goals and participants are asked to bring materials and ideas for an inspiring and rigorous time.  The week starts with a grounding in the tools of the craft, along with their potential for application, and then progresses to a focus on your specific organization.  The course can appeal not only to staff in marketing and development departments, but also to Presidents and Executive Directors, Administration, Board Members, and Volunteers.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $125.

Instructors

Dana Rae Warren

Dana Rae Warren is a filmmaker, teacher, and consultant with 25 years in the national television documentary and independent film worlds. She enjoys and has developed particular expertise shaping stories in the edit room. Her work includes: Producer Writer on the Peabody Award-winning and twice Emmy-nominated Turner Broadcasting series Moon Shot; Producer Writer Director on multiple episodes for the PBS NOVA Science Now series, including profiles on MacArthur Awardee Edith Widder and National Medal of Science Awardee Lonnie Thompson, as well as on animal intelligence and on the link between exploring space and the deep sea; ongoing award-winning public service such as the tobacco-free campaign, Quit For Your Kids; and Great Expectations, an education series, which aired on The Sundance Channel, won an Emmy and was invited to present at Austin’s SXSW Education Conference.

Dana Rae also works as a Series Supervising Producer for television and Story Consultant, Script Consultant, and Consulting Producer for television and independent feature projects.  Examples include the internationally shot weekly History Channel series Deep Sea Detectives (Series Supervising Producer); History’s 13-part series Tougher in Alaska (Series Consulting Producer and Episode Writer); NOVA’s Hubble’s Amazing Rescue (Script Consultant); and independent films such as Oliver Wilkins Rabbit Hole, premiering at the Camden International Film Festival, the Qatari film Once Upon a Time I Was, and the Egyptian film Words of Witness (Consulting Producer), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

For her independent films, Dana Rae often chronicles stories that unfold over long periods, including Lou of Betty & Lou (ten years in the life of a 93-year-old), Global Citizen, a small town Maine girl grows into international humanitarian worker (starting in Russia at age 14 and continuing through Afghanistan and Kosovo in the 1990s, and now the Middle East at age 39); Prisoner of the Past, about a Lewiston area Jewish-American WWII POW returning to the site of his capture; Her Game, a year in the life a college women's basketball team (selected for IFP's Independent Feature Film Market); and Alleluia Junction: A Community Choir Journeys from Maine to Russia. 

Teaching, collaborating, and consulting, with both professionals and laypeople, is one of Dana Rae’s greatest pleasures. She has worked with both adults and children of all ages for schools and organizations such as The Sundance Institute's program at the International Film & Television School in Cuba, multiple K-12 schools, the international school Maine Media Workshops, University of Southern Maine, University of Rhode Island, and Bates College, as well as corporate & federal entities.

She was previously a Governor’s Appointee to the Maine Film Commission under two governors, and served on the Board of the Camden International Film Festival. Dana Rae graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and, before filmmaking, worked in the social service field, including group homes for kids, and a hotline for women facing violence.

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Course Dates

May 6 to May 12

Tuition

$1125

Class Size

12