Instructor: Weissman    TR 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm


This course explores animated documentary by addressing how animation has been used to tell nonfictional stories concerning real people and historical events. From pioneering animator Winsor McCay’s The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918) to the Oscar-nominated feature film Flee (2021), animation has been utilized to depict life stories and histories. Why do documentary filmmakers choose to use animation, and in what ways? Does animation undermine a documentary film’s claim to authenticity? How does animation differ from live-action film, and how is that distinction being eroded? What ethical questions are raised by the uses of animation to depict persons, events, and mental states? We will engage these questions in connection with feature films such as Waltz with Bashir (2008) and Tower (2016) and many animated shorts.