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A Documentary Lover's Field Trip to Montreal
Nov. 2014



It’s true what they say: Quebec is the closest European-like destination for residents of New England. And as the province’s cultural capital, Montreal boasts an endless array of festivals, museums, exhibitions, performances, and galleries. Filmmaking and viewing is no exception. In fact, Montreal has long been home to some of Canada’s leading figures in both fiction and non-fiction cinema. Plus, Montreal offers a distinctly North America-meets-Nouveaux France cuisine.

This trip offers both film professionals and film lovers the chance to discover what’s unique about Montreal’s contemporary filmmaking community while attending one of the region’s most prestigious all-documentary film festivals, the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM). Time will also be allotted for some of the city’s must-visit culinary landmarks.

This five-day intensive program, led by Erin Trahan, local film journalist and author of five Frommer’s guides to Quebec, is ideal for students interested in non-fiction cinema, current trends and practices in documentary form, and the regional influence of Quebecois culture on filmmaking and food, respectively. Each day, students will either hear a lecture from a local cultural leader or make a site visit in the field and will see and discuss at least one festival film . Themed discussions will explore a wide range of topics including: “Interactive Documentary and the National Film Board of Canada,” “Of the Moment Eco-Documentaries,” “True vs. False,” and much more.

The course will focus on building knowledge about the latest filmmaking practices and those specific to Quebec, critical thinking about the documentary form, visual analysis, group discussion, and writing. Each of the five days, students will either hear a lecture from a local cultural leader or make a site visit in the field and will see and discuss at least one festival Themed discussions will explore a wide range of topics including: “Interactive Documentary and the National Film Board of Canada,” “Of the Moment Eco-Documentaries,” “True vs. False,” and much more. Seminars will be supplemented with short readings and informal preparation immediately prior to the site visits and screenings. Additional guest lectures, site visits, and special programs will be suggested and available. Participants will strengthen and improve upon critical viewing, discussion, reading, and writing skills and will also hone their visual vocabulary and analysis techniques. The themed lectures and site visits are designed for students to become aware of a filmmaker’s point of view in order for them to distinguish and sharpen their own. The programs are also designed to familiarize students with contemporary filmmaking practice, exhibition, and film study within Quebec.


Instructor: Erin Trahan

Erin is both a film journalist and Quebec expert, having completed her fifth Frommer's Guide to Montreal and Quebec City. Erin's background in film includes producing, programming, and multi-platform film journalism. As a journalist, she has contributed to WBUR, The Boston Globe, New Hampshire Public Radio, NewEnglandFilm.com and elsewhere. She currently edits and publishes The Independent, an online magazine about film, and its related books on filmmaking. She has moderated several seasons of the all-

documentary series, The DocYard, as well as panels and discussions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Boston Public Library, as well as Salem Film Fest, New Hampshire Film Festival, and The Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, where she has also served on juries. She helped produce the documentary, Love and Other Anxieties, and is working on a new project still under wraps. A past president of Women in Film & Video/New England, she now serves on the board of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. www.erintrahan.com



Every November since 1998, RIDM screens more than 100 domestic and foreign documentary films. Conceived as a filmmakers’ event, RIDM relies on the presence of a large number of creators and organizes an impressive number of parallel events, such as workshops, master classes, debates, and roundtables, which promote local productions and documentary film in its many forms. For more details visit www.ridm.qc.ca


Participants will stay at the The Hôtel de l’Institut in Montreal's hip residential neighborhood, the Plateau. It's a full service hotel complete with breakfast each morning within walking distance to most RIDM venues. Students may choose from single or shared (double) rooms. Visit the hotel's website for more details www.ithq.qc.ca.


What's included:

- Expert instruction and guide to exploring RIDM and the city of Montreal
- Exclusive access to RIDM and affiliated experts, filmmakers, and organizers
- Single or double occupancy hotel accommodation at The Hôtel de l’Institut, Montreal
- Breakfast for all mornings at The Hôtel de l’Institut
- RIDM all access festival pass for the days we are in Montreal
- Montreal mass transit pass
- One group dinner
- And countless memories!

****PLEASE NOTE: the deadline to guarantee housing at the rates below has passed (September 28); While spaces are still available, rates for accommodation may be subject to an additional fee that will be applied to your bill after you register. We encourage all new participants to first call or email us to discuss availability and rates.

Full Trip - 4 night, 5 day
Nov 13 - 17

tuition & single occupancy hotel* $1000
tuition & double occupancy hotel* $700
tuition & double occupancy hotel with non-participating companion* $1100
tuition only (no housing) $600
1.5 college credit fee (optional) +$300

Long Weekend - 3 night, 4 day
Nov 13 - 16

tuition & single occupancy hotel $800
tuition & double occupancy hotel $600
tuition & double occupancy hotel with non-participating companion $900
tuition without hotel $400

Please note:
- the rates do NOT include travel to or from Montreal. It is the responsibilty of participants to arrange travel
- all participants must have valid identification (passport) through April 2015. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure travel documents are valid and acceptable for entry to Canada



Non-credit: Three-day or Five-day non credit, arrive Thursday, Nov. 13 - depart Sunday, Nov. 16; or arrive Thursday, Nov. 13, depart Monday, November 17th.

For credit: Full, five-day session required. Thursday, November 13 through Monday, November 17th.

Note: Thursday November 13 and Monday November 17 are half-days. Students must attend full session to receive the 1.5 credits.


To register, please complete our online registration form by clicking on the link below. We suggest you allow 15 minutes to complete the process.

DEADLINE: The deadline to guarantee housing at the rates published has passed. Please read the note to the left before completing the online form. 


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