French film director Francoise Marie
Marie is guiding students through the basic techniques of documentary filmmaking, paying special attention to the editing process and how it affects a film’s message. According to Marie, “Students are learning that the images they create are not reality, but a way to represent reality and that framing and editing shots can modify the meaning of an image or even the whole film.”
Professor of Romance Languages Amy deGraff, Ph.D., met Marie in spring 2002 at a French Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia. As co-president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, deGraff invited the director to return to Virginia in fall 2003 to present her work at colleges and universities throughout the state. Marie then agreed to come to R-MC to teach a J-term filmmaking course, which delights deGraff. “Françoise Marie is the sixth French film director to come to R-MC, but the first to teach a J-term course,” said deGraff. “This cultural exchange is truly exciting—and a wonderful addition to R-MC’s liberal arts curriculum.” Marie holds a degree from the prestigious Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques.