Hillside Fireside: Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Speaker: Karen Folger Jacobs
“Return by Popular Demand: Teaching Filmmaking in Pakistan”
A former board member of the Hillside Club, Karen Jacobs is speaking about her recent return trip on a Fullbright in 2016 to teach teenage Pakistani’s how to produce film and animation on their cell phones. No student had or used an iPhone. The film we view was created on inexpensive cell phones that produced a lot of interesting, creative work. Karen taught filmmaking at Igra University in Islamabad, Pakistan (Ingra means student or learner and is the first word of the Koran.) Her first visit was for a month in 2015 and then returned again by popular demand in 2016. She taught the basics of storytelling, character, composition, dialogue, mood and theme. Her students, working in pairs, created short movies. Please join us to view some of these excellent one and two minute films. Karen will also discuss her daily life, including a personal driver and guards she was assigned during her month of teaching in Islamabad.
Bio: Karen Folger Jacobs
Karen earned a Ph.D. in Education at UC Berkeley. She wrote four books and articles for the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter. She trained as a script doctor and taught screen writing workshops in Los Angeles, Texas and New York. In addition, she made documentaries and worked on big features in Italy and in Mexico. She’s served on the juries of film festivals in Naples, Oman, Milan and Bangalore. Karen was awarded four Fullbrights to teach film in India and in Pakistan.