Brian Cohen, the senior producer at Apple West, also teaches documentary production and media literacy at Washington University in St Louis. His classes include:
Your Vision/Your Voice: Intro to Documentary Production Documenting American Lives
Developing Community-Based Documentaries
Media Literacy for In-Service Teachers
Media Literacy Practicum
These courses explore the nature of representation, ethical considerations involved in documentary production, and the challenge of integrating media literacy across the K-12 curriculum.
Samples from student work
WHO IS BELEGARTH?
Running time: 16 minutes
Never heard of Belegarth? Neither had the filmmaker before stumbling upon one of their pitched battles in an open field in St Louis.
LIFE AFTER COOL
Running time: 20 minutes
Teachers raised on video games share a common cultural vernacular with their students. The filmmakers share their experiences with other educators who discuss the impact of video games on learning and their fear of losing relevance as gaming evolves without them.
Running time: 15 minutes
What does it mean to take direct action? This video explores those involved in the 2005 Student Worker Alliance protest and sit-in to raise the pay of lower paid workers.
DOUBLE SHUFFLE-DELTA STYLE
Running time: 31 minutes
As we slowly lose the generation of musicians who brought the rich, Delta sound north, what will become of authentic blues? This video looks at the heritage and future of the St. Louis blues community through the eyes of musicians, fans, and critics.