Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2024 Summer Workshops

P. David Ebersole Documentary Film Portraits June 12 to June 17, 2016 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 1-4PM Discipline: OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

This course will show you how to find a good subject, ask questions to pull out details about your uniquely engaging tale, and then to conceive, film, and edit a two-minute mini-documentary portrait of a Provincetown person of interest. We will also view and discuss feature-length documentaries that focus on the art of the documentary portrait.

In addition to creating your own mini-film in this class, we will view and discuss feature length documentaries, both showing in the festival and during class time, that focus on the art of the documentary portrait. Participants will need to bring their own equipment to film and edit, but that can be as simple as a smart phone, a laptop and an editing app, which we can help you download and learn.


P. DAVID EBERSOLE won NYU’s Best Undergraduate Film/Director, and then earned his MFA, winning AFI's Best Film/Director. He directed Sundance Channel’s Straight Right, and two Fox-TV telenovela/series including Wicked Wicked Games starring Tatum O’Neal. He co-produced HBO’s Stranger Inside, and The New Women starring Mary Woronov. Documentaries include GLAAD nominee Hit So Hard about drummer Patty Schemel of the band Hole, IFC’s hit Room 237 exploring hidden meanings within The Shining, and Lifetime’s award-winning Dear Mom, Love Cher. His newest film with Todd Hughes, Mansfield 66/67, will be shared as a work-in-progress.