Documentary Editing Styles by Maureen Gosling

Film & Digital Media Visiting Artist Series - Film Theory & Praxis

Visiting Artist Maureen Gosling

The Visiting Artist Series is sponsored by Porter College.


Maureen Gosling has been a filmmaker for thirty-seven years and an editor for thirty years. She directed and produced Blossoms of Fire, 2000 (HBO Latino, Spanish TVE, Swedish Television, Venezuelan Television), a feature-length documentary tribute to the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico. She has also been sought after as an editor by such directors as: Jed Riffe (Waiting to Inhale), Tom Weidlinger (A Dream in Hanoi), Ashley James (Bomba, Dancing the Drum), Abby Ginzberg (Sowing Justice: Cruz Reynoso), and Maria Bures (Somos). Gosling is also known for her twenty-year collaboration with San Francisco Bay Area director Les Blank on more than two dozen documentaries, including the British Academy Award winning feature length documentary Burden of Dreams.

The presentation will focus on documentary editing styles, as seen in a variety of examples from Gosling's current work as an editor, director, and/or producer. She will screen sample tapes she has edited this year for the films Bamako Chic: Women Cloth Dyers of Mali, Salmon Boy, Good Germs, Bad Germs, 5 Variations on a Long String, and No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. The examples represent different editing styles, from journalistic to experimental, and will allow the opportunity to discuss how Gosling worked with the different directors.

This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Communications 150 (Studio C)