Sundance explores ethics in movies |

Sundance explores ethics in movies

Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev teaches a workshop at the Sundance Institute on ethics in documentaries to young filmmakers Tuesday as part of the Reel Stories program. The 10 students from Spy Hop Productions are working on five minute documentaries on topics ranging from local super heroes to fast food and family history.

"The process of cutting 120 hours of footage to an hour is a compelling process," Bar-Lev told the 16-to 18-year-old students. "It’s not some magic equation that you put it and and a scene comes out. . . . You have to think like a producer.

Bar-Lev directed "My Kid Could Paint That," a documentary that explores the work of 4-year-old painter Marla Olmstead. "I made a film where it was a relationship between a parent and child," Bar-Lev said. "You’re stuck with ethical decisions from the very beginning. You’re taking something from someone and making it your own."

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