Please check out some Week 1 wrap-up ideas here and a simple film that a colleague and I put together for City Tech’s 2019 Literary Arts Festival, which that year featured the wonderful Mexican-American poet, José Olivarez. You’ll see this relates to Shire’s “Home,” Chaplin’s The Immigrant and some of the important connections many of you brought up in your Week 1 responses.
- Note that we’re taking a bit of extra time for this assignment (through 6/14)
- Aim to begin thinking about which Project 1 topic you’d like to pursue. Project 1 is due 6/17. Feel free to email me to discuss.
- Read: Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun (1958) **Download for easier full screen reading of the pdf**
- Watch: Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
- Read Interview with Kenny Leon
- Watch my Week 2 lecture; Note that I focus on the background of the author and story here, deliberately leaving a clean slate for discussion of the film and and your impressions of how the play was adapted for the screen.
- Optional Extra Credit: Read and respond to (add a paragraph to your weekly post) this New York Times article by Linda Villarosa, whose mother went to school with Lorraine Hansberry in Chicago, on the city today
- This week, please discuss any aspect of the play that interests you– see some possible discussion points at the end of my lecture. Other potential threads include the setting (time, space, and place, stage directions), character development, structure (division of Acts, Scenes), gender roles, intersectionality, African American history, the differences between the play and the film.
- The only guideline regarding your comment on the film is to pay attention to the storytelling techniques we learned about in Week 1 (shots, angles, blocking, establishing shots). We want to make connections between the ideas of a text/play and the way these are brought to life on screen (after first undergoing a screenplay adaptation). In other words, *how*– through what camera work– is the director conveying these ideas to the viewer? Aim for a paragraph on the play and one on the film.
- Visual Storytelling 101 and How A Director Stages and Blocks A Scene ; Introduction to Shot Types and Camera Movement**As I mentioned in my Week 1 Wrap-Up above, Trigger Warning: violent/disturbing scene in the Shot Types and Camera Movement explication.