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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Ronald Tobias.en
dc.contributor.authorVan Laanen, Michael Whitneyen
dc.descriptionLines in the sand: the stem cell research debate is a film that is part of the student's thesis project.en
dc.description.abstractFrom the outset, documentary filmmakers have sought to achieve the unobtainable goal of re-presenting reality in a purely objective manner. What began with an attempt to document a dying/evolving culture in Flaherty's Nanook of the North led to a century of debate about how closely documentary film could come to achieving the ultimate goal of representing our historical and social world accurately, objectively, and truthfully. The stem cell research debate has produced three documentaries that illustrate two models of filmmaking process: engaged filmmaking and non-engaged filmmaking. Within these two models, the filmmaker may utilize certain aesthetic techniques of vision and voice that reveal subjective manipulation. I intend to show how the rhetoric of the filmmaker presides over the content even when he presumes to maintain an objective stance.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architectureen
dc.subject.lcshDocumentary filmsen
dc.subject.lcshStem cellsen
dc.titleThe pose of neutrality in social documentary filmsen
dc.title.alternativeLines in the sand: the stem cell research debateen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2010 by Michael Whitney Van Laanenen
thesis.catalog.ckey1524323en, Graduate Committee: Philip A. Savoie; Dennis Aigen & Photography.en
mus.relation.departmentFilm & Photography.en_US

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