Join local documentary filmmaker McKinleigh Lair for a two-day crash course in documentary storytelling. Students will learn about the general stages of the production process, beginning with technical skills – like setting up camera and audio equipment and editing in Adobe Premiere – and advance to analytical skills, like dissecting storytelling strategies in successful films. Students will then work together to create their own mini doc.
Due to COVID-19 safety measures, class size is very limited. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to reserve your seat in the class!
McKinleigh Lair is a freelance documentary filmmaker from Oklahoma with a keen interest in observational storytelling. She specializes in cinematography and has recently shot for VICE News, Business Insider, and Motto Pictures – though she also works in other parts of the production process. As the Oklahoma storyteller for PBS American Portrait, she shot and edited 19 mini documentaries about residents in the community that raised her. As a Southern Exposure Film Fellow, she directed and edited an environmental advocacy documentary in collaboration with Alabamian conservation groups. One of her recent films, You Know the Drill, is now streaming with PBS. She has assisted on productions for The New York Times and Kartemquin Films, and pre-screens for POV and the Camden International Film Festival. Her work has received nominations for honors like the 2020 College Emmy and the 2015 Heartland Emmy. As a Park Scholar at Ithaca College she received her B.A. in Documentary Studies and Production, minored in Anthropology, and studied abroad in Seoul, London, and Jönköping, Sweden.
Thanks to the generosity of many donors, ahha Tulsa provides camp, class, and workshop scholarships to currently enrolled K–12 students with demonstrated financial need.
To apply for a scholarship for this program, please complete this form (do not complete registration at the link to the right). A letter of support from a caseworker or school counselor is required for consideration.
Programs and dates are subject to change. Ahha Tulsa reserves the right to cancel programs due to low enrollment or other conflicts. If cancellation occurs, registered participants will be contacted by ahha staff and will be refunded the full tuition. If another session is available, we will be more than happy to transfer your enrollment to that session.
With inclement weather always possible, ahha reserves the right to close and cancel any scheduled classes and programs depending on severe weather conditions. If the ahha Hardesty Center is closed, a notice will be posted on our website and social media platforms, and all registered participants will be contacted.
Beyond cancellations, no refunds or exchanges.
Saturday & Sunday, March 27 & 28
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$100 per adult
Media Lab @ ahha Tulsa