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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Live Storytelling Event

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Storytelling Workshop Final Presentation

October 26, 2018 4:00 pm Open the Public


Since prehistoric times we’ve have shared stories to connect and to attempt to understand the human condition. Stories are at the heart of all our lives and even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist, you’re certainly a storyteller. Recently, storytelling events like The Moth and RISK! have made the art of personal storytelling mainstream and offered opportunities to share our personal experiences with each other. As a filmmaker, Lena Rudnick discovered storytelling as an incredible tool in her own filmmaking process and she’s excited to teach you how to unleash your inner-storyteller! Learn how to craft your experiences into stories that are heartbreaking, hilarious, thought-provoking and keep people on the edge of their seat in this 2-week workshop culminating in a stage show at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

You have stories you’re dying to tell!
You are a filmmaker who wants to expand your process!
You are an introvert who wants learn from another introvert how to unleash your secret performer!
You’re a storyteller that wants to improve your skills and perform at HSDFF!

CLASS OUTLINE: (All workshops held at Low Key Arts 118 Arbor Street)
(must be available for all dates of the workshop to perform!)

THURSDAY OCT 18th at 6 pm – 8 pm

CLASS 1: Come to class with true story ideas! We’ll learn what makes a GOOD story and flesh
out one idea into a rough 5 minute story.
Homework: Write your story down! Read it to someone!

SUNDAY OCT 21st 1pm – 3 pm

CLASS 2: Come share your story and receive constructive feedback! We’ll learn some tips to tune our personal storytelling compasses and how to memorize for stage.

WEDNESDAY OCT 24th 6pm – 8 pm

CLASS 3: We’ll do theatre exercises, unlock the secret performer inside and focus how to get the most out of our stories up on stage.

THE SHOW!!! SATURDAY OCT 27th at 4:00 pm We’ll perform our stories with an audience at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival!

Lena Rudnick is a writer/director/storyteller working in the extraordinarily bright city of Los Angeles. She developed her love of cinema as a festival programmer for the Northwest Film Center before going on to study filmmaking at FAMU and ultimately finding her artistic voice in Columbia University’s M.F.A. Film program. Her passion is telling hysterically dysfunctional relationship stories and investigating her struggles with self, society and the cosmos. She likes wearing t-shirts in glamorous places and her spirit animal is a buffalo (though the Shaman’s explanation of why was unconvincing). Her gift is remaining humble despite numerous screenwriting accolades from Oaxaca FF, Vancouver Women’s FF and LA Femme. Lena’s narrative work has shown at Lincoln Center, Miami IFF, NY International Latino FF, and St. Tropez IFF and even on the internet! She’s also had the pleasure of creating work for notable organizations like National Sawdust, UNWomen & Bono’s ONE Campaign. Lena’s currently developing various television projects and her first narrative feature, Daddy’s Girl.

Dates & Times

Storytelling Workshop Final Presentation

October 26, 2018 4:00 pm Open the Public