Sundance winner leads MMW+C master class

Sep 05, 2018
Alexandria Bombach

Rockport — Documentary filmmakers with a work in progress will have the opportunity to take their work to a new level when Alexandria Bombach, one of today’s most celebrated documentarians, leads a master class at Maine Media Workshops Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 16 through 22.

Bombach’s most recent feature-length documentary, “On Her Shoulders,” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where she was awarded Best Director in the U.S. documentary competition. The Santa Fe-based filmmaker’s first feature-length documentary, “Frame by Frame,” won more than 25 film festival awards. Her Emmy-winning 2012 series “Moveshake” chronicled the internal conflicts of people dedicating their lives to a cause.

Bombach’s master class is but one of more than a dozen Maine Media workshops that will address different facets of non-fiction filmmaking. Others focus on writing and developing documentaries, cinema verité, cinematography, editing, virtual reality and the art of interviewing. Instructors are award-winning professionals whose credits include documentaries for BBC, CBS, Discovery, HBO, National Geographic, The New York Times and PBS.

Maine Media Workshops counts Oscar and Emmy winners among its faculty and alumni, including former workshop student Laura Poitras, who went on to win the 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for “Citizenfour,” her feature-length film on Edward Snowden. Operating for 45 years in Rockport, the nonprofit school offers workshops, certificate programs, and a low-residency MFA degree in the media arts of photography, filmmaking, multimedia, book arts; design and writing.

For more information on the workshops, including scholarships, visit

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