Submitted by Allan Hancock College
Allan Hancock College will present a 14-week film course taught by award-winning filmmaker and retired Hancock film professor Jeanine Moret at the Santa Ynez Valley Center from Sept. 7 - Dec. 7.
The class, “Film as Art and Communication,” will run on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 9:45 p.m. The course covers a variety of international film styles, themes and directors with an emphasis on the ways film communicates through acting, photography, sound and editing.
“It’s great to be able to bring a filmmaker’s perspective to a film studies class,” said Moret. “I’ve found that many students are curious about the production process, and I love discussing what goes into making a film and how students can chart a path into film production work if that is their goal.”
Moret’s career includes serving as the camera assistant for the Washington, DC, time-lapse sequences featured in Oliver Stone’s biopic, Nixon. During her tenure as a full-time faculty member at Allan Hancock College, she coordinated the college’s multimedia and animation programs. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles with an emphasis in documentary film. At UCLA, Moret served as a teaching assistant for sound classes and crewed sound on such culturally diverse films as Arlene Bowman’s Navajo Talking Picture, Charles Burnett’s My Brother’s Wedding, Alex Cox’s Repo Man, Billy Woodberry’s Bless Their Little Hearts, and Alicia Rodriquez’s La Bicicleta.
Early in Moret’s career, she produced, shot and edited Banderani, filmed in a remote village in the Bolivian Andes. Following the success of Banderani, Moret was recruited as location manager and assistant to the producer on the experimental film, Powaqqatsi, a six-month production that took her to Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, England and other international locations. She also shot, co-produced and co-edited the one-hour PBS documentary, Song Journey, which followed female drummers on the powwow circuit across the American Plains.
Following retirement as a professor at Hancock, Moret continues to teach part-time and currently works for Monty Roberts Productions.
“The magic and power of a good movie never cease to move me. As a teacher I get to hunt continuously for great films to show and discuss in class,” Moret said. “I enjoy showing movies that engage the students, especially when they have a lot to say about it afterwards.”
To register for this class and other fall courses at Hancock, visit www.hancockcollege.edu/fall.