12 Chicago Filmmakers 2008 classes start Jan. 8

Oscar-nominated Bill Siegel, who co-directed and produced “The Weather Underground,” will teach Chicago Filmmakers’ most popular class, “Developing the Documentary,” during its winter 2008 instructional program.

Siegel’s feature doc, the story of the radical activists and politics of the ?70s, won top prizes in four major festivals, and was nominated as best feature doc by the DGA and the International Documentary Association.

The six-week “Developing the Documentary” is one of a dozen low-cost, limited enrollment, nights and weekend courses the 33-year old collective offers filmmakers, starting Jan. 8.

Two new classes are available this season: DVD Authoring, taught by Chicago Filmmaker’s editing instructor Mike Bohacz, beginning Jan. 14 for four weeks, and 16mm Motion Picture Cinematography, starting Jan. 13 for 10 weeks.

The other courses are Digital Cinema; Advanced Digital Cinema; Producing; Directing; Developing the Documentary; Screenwriting I; Screenwriting II; Final Cut Pro (two sessions); Advanced Final Cut Pro and Lighting for Film & Video.

Fees for non-members range from $180 to $700, depending upon course length and equipment. Classes run from four to 10 weeks.

To register by phone, call 773/293-1447, by mail, download a registration form from www.chicagofilmmakers.org and mail to Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St., Chicago 60640.