“Opening the Family Album” a workshop with Lynne Sachs at Shapeshifters Cinema Presented in conjunction with the SF Cinematheque


Opening the Family Album
Instructor: Lynne Sachs
Thursday, April 7, 2022
5-7pm (immediately preceding the screening of Lynne’s documentary Film About a Father Who)
In-person at Shapeshifters Cinema
Admission: $20 ($18 for Shapeshifters and Cinematheque members) – Register here
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for attendance

Opening the Family Album is a two-hour workshop in which participants will explore the ways in which images of family members might become material for the making of a personal film. Each participant will come to the workshop with a single photograph (both in hand and digital) they want to examine. During the workshop, participants will write text in response to this image by incorporating storytelling and performance. In the process, we will discuss and challenge notions of truth-telling and language. Your final work will then be a live narration with image. This workshop is inspired by the work of Italian novelist Natalia Ginzburg, whose writing explores family relationships during the Fascist years and World War II. Ginzburg was a prescient artist who enjoyed mixing up conventional distinctions between fiction and non-fiction: “Every time that I have found myself inventing something in accordance with my old habits as a novelist, I have felt compelled at once to destroy it. The places, events, and people are all real.”