Want to Get Involved with Nesson’s Documentaries?

Still from "Power to the Pedals"

Still from “Power to the Pedals”

By Dakota Damschroder

Nesson brings all this experience to his service learning course Documentary for Social Action, offered in the spring of 2015.

“Students will work with grassroots community groups to make films that those groups feel are useful to them,” Nesson explained.

Because of its reputation as a filmmaking school, Emerson fields dozens of film and video requests every week—many from nonprofit organizations.

“Nonprofits, especially, are under-staffed and under-funded, and they don’t have the skills, equipment, or time to generate high-quality visual material. The films Bob’s students generate have been extremely helpful for our community partners in terms of training, awareness-raising, and/or fundraising,” said Suzanne Hinton, Director of the Office of Service Learning and Community Action.

“The course is so popular with local nonprofits,” Hinton said, “that for every one film Bob’s students can make, we have over forty applications for partnership with the course.”

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