George Reyes, Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray and Linda Younger

This Documentary Workshop has been made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Saturday -- Feb. 25th
10AM - 5PM
Location: 14 Pews

Sunday -- Feb. 26
10AM - 5PM
Location: 14 Pews

Cost for TWO-DAY workshop: $250 (non-members) 
and $200 for 14 Pews members

14 Pews offers a WEEKEND WORKSHOP -- a hands-on class for ALL AGES in directing, interviewing subjects, cinematography, sound and production, which covers the creative and technical demands of telling a real story with moving images. The art and craft of documentary is taught through a balance of classroom instruction, hands-on video shoots, and immediate directing experience. From the first hour of class, students are behind the camera, learning by doing. The first day of class will be at the 14 Pews location. Students shoot on HD digital video cameras, and will learn how to compose, direct, and light their movies.  There will be AN AMAZING in-class documentary shoot, highlighting local Houston artists.

ABOUT THE MYDOLLSThe Mydolls are a punk band from Houston, TX formed in 1978 featuring Trish Herrera, Dianna Ray, George Reyes, and Linda Younger. They are inspired by punk ranging from the 1960s-1970s, including Iggy Pop, Magazine, Television, Red Crayola, Thee Raincoats, Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, New York Dolls, among other notable New York-based proto-punk/punk bands. Mydolls recorded its first single, Nova Grows Up/Therapist, in 1980. Its second 45, Exorcist/Imposter, and 12″, Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick, were released on Houston independent label CIA Records (founded by Really Red).

In the 1980s the Mydolls were invited to record an interview with the famous London-based tastemaker John Peel formerly of BBC Radio 1. They were also invited to perform in Wim Wenders’s 1984 classic indie film Paris, Texas and performed in NYC at Danceteria for the opening night release party. They have played with notable bands such as Really Red, The Hates, Wild Bores, Introverts, Plastic idols, Recipients, Party Owls, Degenerates, Anarchitex, and Culturcide (Mark Flood’s experimental anti-band).

Today, the Mydolls continue to actively tour and perform across the country and release new records. Their most recent release, “It’s Too Hot for Revolution”(2015) is available at, on iTunes, and on CD at Sound Exchange and Vinal Edge Records in Houston, TX.

ABOUT INSTRUCTOR: Cressandra Thibodeaux is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, editor and storyteller. She started actively exploring film while being a camera-woman at Houston Public Access. She then went on to receive her MFA from Columbia University’s Film Program. At Columbia University she was part of an educational team that taught documentary to middle school students in Harlem. Cressandra is passionate about helping other filmmakers develop their skills. She balances her time as a teacher with her creative work on documentary films and running 14 Pews. Cressandra is the founder of several small film festivals and the Executive Director of 14 Pews.

This Documentary Workshop has been made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts