Thorsten Trimpop is a filmmaker and visual artist whose work examines the impact of history, politics and the changing natural world on private lives. His latest film, Furusato 古里, a human-scale portrait of a small town in Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone, was shown at dozens of festivals and won the grand prize at DOK Leipzig. It had a cinematic realease in over 80 cities in Germany and Austria and was internationally broadcast on Arte. His first feature film, The Irrational Remains, a nonfiction tale of love and betrayal set against the fall of the Berlin wall, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won numerous international awards, including the Prize of the International Federation of Film Societies at the Berlinale. Before joining the Department of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder, Thorsten taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
CMDP 3800 - Documentary Media Poetics
Investigates documentary cinema and media practices through class discussions, research papers, hands on exercises and the screenings. Cross-references documentary photography and moving-image documentary in the production of short digital projects. Explores the distinctive contributions of digital technologies to documentary image making. Formerly CMDP 2810.
CMDP 3810 - Engaged Documentary Media Practices
Combining research, scripting methods and field trips, students produce short media non-fiction storytelling projects emerging from an engagement with historical events, contemporary issues and the world around us.
CMDP 4900 - Concepts and Practices of Contemporary Media
Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
Explores the application of new media technologies in depth and engages students in an ongoing dialogue about the cultural context of new media technologies and their own work. Students will produce a major media project that synthesizes methods of media making into modes of communication and expression. This is the capstone course for undergraduates in Media Production.
CMDP 7500 - Production Methods I
Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
Provides technical resources for students to work with emergent technologies in a media arts context. This is a team-taught, practice-based course addressing various production methods, from moving image and video to web and network media to computational media.