DOC NYC PRO is an 8-day conference, featuring documentary panels and master classes, including an expanded initiative to support works-in-progress with a section called “Only in New York.” Running concurrently with DOC NYC, PRO offers more than just panels. Organizations participating in the PRO conference include A&E IndieFilms, Amazon Studios, Discovery, Firelight Media, Ford Foundation | JustFilms, HBO Documentary Films, Impact Partners, Kickstarter, Netflix, Showtime Documentary Films, and more. The PRO conference will take place concurrently with the festival on November 8 – 15. DOC NYC PRO is co-presented by Amazon Studios.
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Each day of the 2018 festival features two distinct, subject-themed programming tracks for DOC NYC PRO. Each programming track has its own set of panels. To reserve a spot to any panel in advance, badge holders must click the title of the individual panel and make their redemption selection.
Morning Manifestos are not ticketed and are open to all DOC NYC badge holders on a first-come, first-served basis.
FULL DOC NYC PRO PANEL LINEUP BELOW.
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THURSDAY, NOV 8: THE STATE OF DOCUMENTARY
THURSDAY, NOV 8: FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER
FRIDAY, NOV 9: THE SHORT LIST
FRIDAY, NOV 9: SERIES FOCUS
SATURDAY, NOV 10: MASTERING YOUR CRAFT: EDITING
SATURDAY, NOV 10: SHOWCASES
SUNDAY, NOV 11: MASTERING YOUR CRAFT: CINEMATOGRAPHY
SUNDAY, NOV 11: AMERICAN SNAPSHOTS
MONDAY, NOV 12: PITCH PERFECT & IF/THEN AMERICAN SHORTS NORTHEAST
MONDAY, NOV 12: SHORT FORM STYLINGS
TUESDAY, NOV 13: SMART PRODUCING
TUESDAY, NOV 13: POST-PRODUCTION SECRETS
WEDNESDAY, NOV 14: SHOW ME THE MONEY
WEDNESDAY, NOV 14: EVERYTHING ARCHIVAL
THURSDAY, NOV 15: MAKE YOUR CAREER
THURSDAY, NOV 15: DOC LAW SCHOOL
DOC NYC PRO is co-presented by Amazon Studios
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8
THE STATE OF DOCUMENTARY
Filmmakers, distributors and industry executives lead conversations examining the documentary world from artistic, business and financial perspectives and discuss how to succeed in today’s landscape.
Immerse yourself in panel discussions providing specific, in-depth and enlightening studies for emerging documentary filmmakers.
MORNING MANIFESTO 10:00AM-10:25AM
Filmmaker Dawn Porter (Bobby Kennedy For President) shares her thoughts on the current state of documentary filmmaking. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
A DOC STYLE GUIDE 10:30AM-11:40 AM
Amir Bar-Lev (Long Strange Trip), Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth), Shola Lynch (Free Angela and All Political Prisoners), Marilyn Ness (Charm City) and Marina Zenovich (Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind) go in depth to discuss ways to merge style and content seamlessly. Moderated by Glenn Kenny (RogerEbert.com).
DIG DEEP: DOC STORYTELLING 10:45AM-11:55AM
Susan Froemke (Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman), Vanessa Gould (Obit.), Nancy Schwartzman (Roll Red Roll) and Marco Williams (Crafting An Echo) discuss building the foundation of exemplary storytelling. Moderated by Rachel Falcone (Water Warriors).
WHO OWNS THE STORY? 12:00PM-1:10PM
Nanfu Wang (I Am Another You), Tracy Droz Tragos (The Smartest Kids in the World), Vanessa Roth (Daughters of Destiny) and others explore the issues of complicated filmmaker/subject relationships and storytelling ownership. Moderated by Andrea Swift (New York Film Academy).
SILVER LININGS (DOC) PLAYBOOK 12:15PM-1:25PM
Elan Bogarin (306 Hollywood), Daniel Patrick Carbone (Phantom Cowboys), and Cynthia Wade (Grit) provide tips for taking daunting situations and turning them into cinematic gold. Moderated by Eddie Rosenstein (The Freedom to Marry).
THE FUTURE OF FUNDING 2:00PM-3:10PM
What is the road map for funding a documentary? Maxyne Franklin (Doc Society), Tracie Holder (Grit), Erika Cohn (The Judge) and Eric Sloss (Cinetic Media) discuss the ins and outs of financing your film, analyzing specific examples from recent films and looking ahead to what’s on the horizon. Moderated by Christopher Allen (UnionDocs).
DISTRIBUTION DEMYSTIFIED 2:15PM-3:25PM
Distributors and executives Jim Browne (Argot Pictures), Max Einhorn (FilmRise) and Ryan Krivoshey (Grasshopper Film) shed light on the distribution phase of your film’s journey and challenges you may face. Moderated by Jeanne Drewsen (The Orchard).
BEYOND YOUR CORE AUDIENCE 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Filmmakers Susan Bedusa (Bisbee ’17), Andrew Sherburne (Saving Brinton) and executive Susan Margolin (St. Marks Productions) discuss how to maximize your film’s reach. Moderated by Jessica Edwards (Design Canada).
OPTIMIZING POST-PRODUCTION: A CASE STUDY 3:45PM-4:45PM
The experts at Technicolor PostWorks NY including Joe Beirne, Christina Delerme and Ben Murray lead an in-depth post-production case study with post supervisor Anne Neczypor (Crime + Punishment) to break down everything you need to know. Co-presented by Technicolor PostWorks NY
HAPPY HOUR 5:00PM-6:00PM
Co-Presented by Consulate General of Canada, New York
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9
THE SHORT LIST
Listen in on a special day of conversations with the filmmakers featured in the DOC NYC Short List section that highlights 15 of the year’s standout documentaries.
Find out what you need to know about how to construct, pitch, develop and create your series idea and delve into the details with a case study of one of 2018’s most acclaimed series, Bobby Kennedy For President.
MORNING MANIFESTO 10:00AM-10:25AM
Tribeca Film Institute Executive Director Amy Hobby discusses her thoughts on what makes great documentary content. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
Discussing biographical films with the directors of Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, Quincy, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Jane Fonda: A Life in Five Acts. Moderated by Thom Powers. Co-presented by Focus Features
DEVELOPING YOUR SERIES 10:45AM-11:45AM
Show of Force’s Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre (Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History) and Nick Fitzhugh (Conflict) discuss developing documentary ideas into series and why you should consider the format for your next project. Moderated by Amir Bogen (Lighthouse International Film Festival).
GETTING PERSONAL 12:00PM-1:10PM
Exploring projects that rely on a strong bond between director and subject with makers of Minding the Gap, The Sentence, Free Solo and On Her Shoulders. Moderated by Thom Powers. Co-presented by MTV
CASE STUDY: MAKING A MURDERER 12:15PM-1:25PM
Making a Murderer directors Moira Demos (Director, Writer, EP, Lead Editor) and Laura Ricciardi (Director, Writer, EP) lead a discussion with their creative team, going in-depth into the process of crafting their series.
PUSHING BOUNDARIES 2:00PM-3:00PM
Delving into docs that are inventive with form, featuring the directors of Shirkers, Three Identical Strangers and Hale County This Morning, This Evening. Moderated by Thom Powers. Co-presented by MTV
SHOULD YOU PITCH IT? 2:15PM-3:15PM
Julie Goldman (Motto Pictures), Jenny Carchman (The Fourth Estate), Liesl Copland (Endeavor Content) and Nina Diaz (MTV) lead a conversation about what they are looking for in the documentary series market. Moderated by Cynthia Kane (GBGG Productions).
GETTING POLITICAL 3:20PM-4:30PM
Talking about films that plunge into the political, featuring the makers of Fahrenheit 11/9, RBG, Reversing Roe and Crime + Punishment. Moderated by Thom Powers. Co-presented by MTV
CASE STUDY: BOBBY KENNEDY FOR PRESIDENT 3:35PM-4:35PM
Director Dawn Porter, producer Laura Michalchyshyn and archival researcher Rich Remsberg reveal the ins and outs of creating the acclaimed Netflix documentary series. Moderated by Leslie Fields-Cruz (Black Public Media).
HAPPY HOUR 5:00PM-6:00PM
Co-presented by Focus Features
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10
MASTERING YOUR CRAFT: EDITING
The first of two days focusing on the craft of nonfiction filmmaking. Saturday’s sessions will break down and delve into all aspects of documentary editing.
Hear directly from distributors on the content they are producing and the types of projects they look for, plus a get a glimpse of content they have in their pipelines.
MORNING MANIFESTO 10:00AM-10:25AM
Abigail Disney’s Fork Films has been a major force in funding documentary films. Hear her thoughts on what stories are the most important to tell. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
GRAB YOUR AUDIENCE’S ATTENTION 10:30AM-11:40AM
Editors Carla Gutierrez (RBG), Erin Casper (Risk), Bob Eisenhardt (Free Solo) and Katharine Garrison (United Skates) tap into techniques for bringing an audience into your film’s world and not letting go. Moderated by Garret Savage (Karen Schmeer Fellowship). Co-presented by Karen Schmeer Fellowship
DISCOVERY SHOWCASE 10:45AM-11:55AM
Join the filmmaking team from Taken By The Tiger, including director Ross Kaufman and Discovery’s Jon Bardin and Jessica Beatus, as they take an in-depth look at the film and Discovery’s Project C.A.T. initiative; moderated by Kristi Jacobson (Take Back the Harbor).
CUT A KILLER TRAILER 12:00PM-1:10PM
Stephen Garrett (Jump Cut Creative), Anne Hu (HBO) and Kevin Tran (Oscilloscope) discuss the nitty gritty of what makes great, visceral trailers and how to craft one that best fits your film; moderated by Vanessa Gould (Green Fuse Films).
NEON SHOWCASE 12:15PM-1:15PM
Join Neon executives Dan O’Meara and Elissa Federoff as they discuss turning Three Identical Strangers into a hit, what NEON looks for in the acquisitions market and how it has quickly established itself as a force in the distribution world.
ANATOMY OF A SCENE 2:00PM-3:10PM
Clay Tweel (Gleason, Out of Omaha), Penelope Falk (Step) and Richard Miron (For The Birds) break down key moments from their films and discuss how to cut with an eye toward finding the meaning in a scene. Moderated by Maya Mumma (O.J.: Made in America).
TOPIC STUDIOS SHOWCASE 2:15PM-3:15PM
Topic Studios develops, produces and finances documentaries, feature films, shorts, podcasts and series for all screens. Hear Topic executives Anna Holmes, Jihan Robinson and Jeff Seelbach, along with some of the creative partners they have worked with – including Nadia Hallgren (She’s the Ticket), Darius Clark Monroe (Black 14) and Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons) – as they discuss how they approach storytelling, development and the different types of projects Topic is seeking out.
STORYTELLING IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD 3:30PM-4:30PM
Rabab Haj Yahya (The Feeling of Being Watched), Bryan Chang (Narco Cultura) and Rob Kuhns (New Homeland) share thoughts on crafting story during each stage of a cut and on ensuring that it remains truthful. Moderated by Tony Hale (Afghan Cycles).
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILMS SHOWCASE: GETTING THE SHOT 3:45PM-4:45PM
For over 130 years, National Geographic has been known for its iconic photography and breathtaking cinematography. Hear from world-renowned filmmaker Jimmy Chin whose vertigo-inducing camerawork is showcased in the new film Free Solo, along with fellow Free Solo cinematographers Clair Popkin and Mikey Schaefer, to find out how they “get the shot.”
Co-presented by JustFilms | Ford Foundation
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11
MASTERING YOUR CRAFT: CINEMATOGRAPHY
In the second of two days focusing on the craft of nonfiction filmmaking, we dive deep into all aspects of documentary cinematography.
Dive into discussions of prominent themes in the current American discourse, including race, gender, politics, religion and free speech, and how documentary films can offer a window into America in 2018.
BREAKFAST 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
MORNING MANIFESTO 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Jeff Orlowski’s films Chasing Coral and Chasing Ice feature some of the most stunning cinematography in recent years. Hear how he captures such incredible images. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
TIGHT SPOTS, DYNAMIC SHOTS 10:30AM-11:30AM
Cinematographers Claudia Raschke (RBG), Erik Shirai (Blowin’ Up), Nara Gerber (Flat Daddy) and Wolfgang Held (The Fourth Estate) discuss working against the clock, shooting in challenging environments, and what techniques you can use to get what you need. Moderated by Zach Levy (Strongman).
JOURNALISM UNDER FIRE 10:45AM-11:45AM
Billy Corben (Screwball), June Cross (Wilhemina’s War), Jennifer Deschamps (Inside Lehman Brothers) and Louise Story (Wall St. Journal, The Kleptocrats) lead a discussion on documentary journalism best practices and how filmmakers should, and need to, push back on false claims against their work.
SPECIAL EVENT: OUR GOLDEN AGE OF DOCUMENTARY 12:00 PM-1:15PM
Filmmakers Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) and Rachel Grady (One of Us) join distributors Tom Quinn (Neon) and Christine Kecher (A+E Networks) to discuss art, impact and reaching an audience. Moderated by Thom Powers. *Held at SVA Theatre 2
MAKE YOUR INTERVIEWS POP 2:00PM-3:10PM
Cinematographers Tom Hurwitz (Studio 54), Ferne Pearlstein (The Last Laugh), Soraya Selene (Half The Picture) and others discuss techniques for creating the best environment to capture captivating subject interviews. Moderated by Colin Nussbaum (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power).
DECADE OF FIRE: ACTIVATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY 2:15PM-3:15PM
Working Films and Ford Foundation present an interactive conversation featuring Decade of Fire co-director Vivian Vazquez and impact producer Julia Steele Allen, CASA director Sheila Garcia and Ford Foundation’s Jerry Maldonado to discuss the ecology of partnerships needed to activate a film. Moderated by Working Films c0-director Anna Lee. Co-presented by JustFilms | Ford Foundation
THE INVISIBLE CINEMATOGRAPHER PARADOX 3:30-4:30PM
Cinematographer Rudy Valdez (The Sentence), Laela Kilbourn (This Is Home: A Refugee Story), Iris Ng (Shirkers), and Ryan Scafuro (Phantom Cowboys) discuss objectivity and subjectivity in observational filmmaking. Moderated by Amir Husak (The New School).
ORDINARY AMERICANS, EXTRAORDINARY SUBJECTS: 3:45PM-4:45PM
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (Quest), Ashley York (Hillbilly) and Julie Getz (Care to Laugh) speak about getting to the emotional heart of your subjects and your film. Moderated by Kristin McCracken. Co-presented by Hulu.
HAPPY HOUR 5:00PM-6:00PM
Co-presented by Lexus
MONDAY NOVEMBER 12
PITCH PERFECT* & IF/THEN AMERICAN SHORTS NORTHEAST**
Twelve projects give their pitches to industry experts at this special daylong event.
*Pitch Perfect co-presented by A&E IndieFilms
**IF/Then Shorts American Northeast co-presented by Tribeca Film Institute
SHORT FORM STYLINGS
Join conversations focused on how opportunities for short form content have exploded in recent years, and discover what’s next for shorts.
BREAKFAST (CINEPOLIS) 9:00AM – 10:00AM
MORNING MANIFESTO (IFC CENTER 1) 10:00AM – 10:25AM
Vulcan Productions’ Head of Documentary Films Jannat Gargi gives her thoughts and advice on how best to pitch your documentary projects. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
Case Study With Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster 10:00AM – 11:10AM
Go in depth with award-winning filmmakers Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster (American Promise) to discuss crafting exemplary short films. Moderated by Sam Pollard (Mr. Soul!)
If/Then Shorts American Northeast 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Six filmmaking teams pitch their short doc projects focusing on stories of the American Northeast. One project will be selected by an industry jury to receive up to $20,000 in completion funding, free post production services (provided by Sim NY), and the opportunity to participate in Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Shorts distribution initiative. POV (American Documentary) will give an additional cash prize. Moderated by Mridu Chandra (Tribeca Film Institute). Co-presented by Tribeca Film Institute *Held at IFC Center 1
The Heart of the Sports Doc 11:30AM – 12:40PM
Darius Clark Monroe (Black 14), Daniele Anastasion (Run Mama Run) and Adam Neuhaus (ESPN Films) discuss how their recent short films involving sports reach deep in their pursuit of universal truths. Moderated by Curtis Caesar John (The Luminal Theater).
PITCH PERFECT 1:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Moderator Elise McCave (Kickstarter) lays out the rules and best practices as six filmmaking teams pitch their work-in-progress doc features to a panel of industry experts, including Molly Thompson (A&E IndieFilms), Greg Rhem (HBO Documentary Films), Dan O’Meara (Neon), Patricia Finneran (Doc Society), Hayley Pappas (RYOT), Kelsey Koenig (Impact Partners), for valuable feedback. Pitch Perfect is co-presented by A&E IndieFilms *Held at IFC Center 1
The Future is Short 1:45PM – 2:55PM
Filmmakers, including Joanna Natasegara (The White Helmets), Sara Newens (Footprint), Kim Snyder (Newtown) and Farihah Zaman (Remote Area Medical), break down the ins and outs of working in both short and feature forms. Moderated by Susan Skoog (Montclair State University).
The New Distribution Landscape 3:15PM – 4:25PM
Hear from distributors including Chloe Gbai (POV Shorts) and Sarah Lash (Conde Nast Entertainment) about what they look for in short films, as well as filmmaker Paloma Martinez (Sanctuary City Hotline) about how she got her films widely seen. Moderated by Sam Morrill (Vimeo).
HAPPY HOUR 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Co-presented by Tribeca Film Institute
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13
Learn how to roll with the punches, address various challenges and be an effective producer in a competitive and complex landscape.
Engage with a series of panel discussions with artists and industry professionals in the fields of composing, animation, graphics, post-sound and more.
BREAKFAST 9:00AM – 10:00AM
MORNING MANIFESTO 10:00AM – 10:25AM
Jon Reiss is a filmmaker (Bomb It, Bomb It 2), author (Think Outside the Box Office) and a leader in innovative distribution techniques. Join him to hear why filmmakers should be using data in decisions for their films, and how best to do so. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
Access is Everything 10:30AM – 11:40AM
Assia Boundaoui (The Feeling of Being Watched), Kimberly Reed (Dark Money), Jon Olshefski (Quest) and Caitlin Mae Burke (Obit.) focus on ways you can build trust with documentary subjects and communities. Moderated by Sean Flynn (Points North Institute).
Post-Sound: What You See is What You Hear 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Post-sound professionals Steve ‘Major’ Giammaria (Sound Lounge Film + Television), Rachel Shuman (One October), Keith Hodne (Sim International) and Evan Benjamin (Forty Two Forty Post) lead you through the steps you need to know to execute the perfect post-sound strategy. Moderated by Ian Harnarine (Trinity College).
Close Up On Impact Producing 12:00PM – 1:10PM
Christopher Quinn (Eating Animals), Lindsay Firestone (Bloomberg Philanthropies), Anya Rous (Multitude Films) and Simone Friedman (EJF Philanthropies) discuss effective measures of impact producing and campaigns. Moderated by Sarah Nelson Wright (Marymount Manhattan College).
Animation, Graphics & Enhanced Storytelling 12:15PM – 1:25PM
Animators Molly Schwartz (Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow) and Dana Schechter (Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper) and Peggy Stern (The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation) discuss when you should include an animator in your process and other best practices. Moderated by Mara Bresnahan (Hot Springs Documentary Festival).
Composers Tell All 2:15PM – 3:15PM
Composers Troy Herion (306 Hollywood), Wendy Blackstone (Lost in Florence) and Jonathan Kirkscey (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) discuss building themes for your characters and how observations of both image and sound recorded during production can inform the perfect score for your film. Moderated by Composer Nathan Halpern (Minding The Gap).
Build A Successful Production Company: Break Thru Films 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Reversing Roe directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg of Break Thru Films discuss working with production and distribution partners and growing a production company. Moderated by Julie Anderson (God is the Bigger Elvis).
Case Study: Prep Your Film For Distribution 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Learn valuable insights into how to prep your film for distribution in this case study from industry experts John Campbell (Buffalo 8), Blair Foster (Jigsaw Productions) and Alysa Nahmias (Unrest). Moderated by Ben Murray (Technicolor PostWorks NY). Co-presented by Technicolor PostWorks NY
HAPPY HOUR 5:00PM – 6:00PM
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14
SHOW ME THE MONEY
Spend the day addressing the critical issue of funding, addressing practical skills, sustainability, legal concerns and learning from others experiences.
Join a day of in depth discussions ranging from the introductory to the expert use of archival materials, including a look at how RBG, one of the year’s most successful docs, used archival to great effect.
BREAKFAST 9:00AM – 10:00AM
MORNING MANIFESTO 10:00AM – 10:25AM
Nelson George – The director of A Ballerina’s Tale, author and television producer, provides his insights into building a career. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
Dissecting Development With Impact Partners 10:30AM – 11:40AM
Join Impact Partners’ Dan Cogan (Icarus), Catapult Film Fund’s Lisa Chanoff, Assia Boundaoui (The Feeling of Being Watched) and NEON’s Dan O’Meara as they discuss efforts to establish development funding for documentaries and why this is such a crucial topic. Co-presented by Impact Partners
Way More Than B-Roll 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Penny Lane (The Pain of Others), Maxim Pozdorovkin (The Truth about Killer Robots) and Anna Garwood (POND5) discuss how the varied use of archival or historic footage and images can imbue deeper meaning and complexity in documentary films. Moderated by Joshua Handler. Co-presented by POND5
In-Depth Grant Writing 12:00PM – 1:10PM
Dive into the ins and outs of grant writing with funding specialist Tracie Holder, Jenni Wolfson (Chicken & Egg Pictures) and Iyabo Boyd (Brown Girls Doc Mafia) to find out what you need to know to have the inside edge. Moderated by Michael Gibbons (Creative Capital).
Archival Success: A Roadmap 12:15PM – 1:25PM
From request to output, archival producers Jim McDonnell (Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead), Prudence Arndt (I Am Not Your Negro) and Annie Salsich (The Fourth Estate) give advice on building a framework for all your archival needs. Moderated by Camille Chavanne (Archive Valley).
Creating a Fundraising Sizzler 2:00PM – 3:10PM
Jeremy Workman (The World Before Your Feet) and Shannon Conboy (Wheelhouse Creative) guide attendees through the steps of creating great fundraising sizzle reels. Moderated by Adam Schartoff.
RBG: A Case Study 2:15PM – 3:15PM
RBG co-directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West join a special panel to discuss building their film through the use of archival material. Moderated by Nina Burleigh (Newsweek).
Self-Distribution: Case Studies 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Panelists David Averbach (The Film Collaborative), Gary Hustwit (Helvetica), Alysa Nahmias (Unrest) and Jim Tusty (Sky Films Inc.) share advice about getting their own projects out into the world via self-distribution. Moderated by Doug Block (The D-Word).
The Ethical Archive 3:45 PM – 4:45PM
Anne Alvergue (Love, Gilda), Carol Bash (Freedom Riders), Vanessa Maruskin (The Armor of Light) and Pacho Velez (The Reagan Show) discuss how to navigate the ethics involved in use of archival footage. Moderated by Lauren DeFilippo (Insignia Productions).
HAPPY HOUR 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Co-presented by BMG Films
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15
MAKE YOUR CAREER
Explore ways to create a lasting, sustainable career in documentary film in this series of conversations with filmmakers and industry veterans.
DOC LAW SCHOOL
Come to law school, with a full day devoted to legal issues and questions about making documentaries today.
BREAKFAST 9:00AM – 10:00AM
MORNING MANIFESTO (CC6) 10:00AM – 10:25AM
Yoruba Richen (The New Black) shares her thoughts on getting films made. *Open to all passholders on first-come basis.
Jumpstarting Sustainability 10:30AM – 11:40AM
Beth Levison (Hazel Pictures), Loira Limbal (Firelight Media, Estilo Hip Hop), Theresa Navarro (POV) and others share how grants are being supplemented by a variety of helpful resources and programs in support of a filmmaker’s long-term career. Moderated by Andrea Swift (NYFA).
Withstanding the Assault on Free Speech 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Victoria Cook, Julie Murray and Andrew Ungberg of FKKS PC lead a legal panel discussing how documentary filmmakers can cover protests, police actions and other highly-charged situations. Co-presented by Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Realizing Your Film’s Potential 12:00PM – 1:10PM
Liza Burnett Fefferman (MTV, VH1 and Logo), Jonathan Bogarin (306 Hollywood), Jenner Furst (TIME: The Kalief Browder Story) and others discuss what steps you can take to utilize your projects not only monetarily, but also to create your next opportunities. Moderated by Juliane Dressner (Personal Statement).
Fair Use Case Studies 12:15PM – 1:25PM
Scott Sholder, Mikaela Gross and Nancy Wolff from CDAS run you through case studies of fair use and what you need to know, focusing on instances of incidental capture and deliberate inclusion in documentary films. Co-presented by Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
Are Brands the Studios of the Future? 2:00PM – 3:10PM
John Sloss (Cinetic Media), Allison Polly (Creators League Studio), Sara Bernstein (Imagine Documentaries) and Jared Shulman (ACE Content) explore how brands and digital media companies will affect the future of film and television financing and distribution.
Dealmaking Insights: Production, Sales and Distribution Agreements, and More 2:15PM – 3:15PM
Fox Rothschild attorney Marc Simon, Scott Kaplan (Gravitas Entertainment), and Josh Braun (Submarine) provide insights into what you should know about production agreements including releases, sales and distribution agreements. Co-presented by Fox Rothschild
Case Studies: Making It 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Marshall Curry (Point and Shoot), Judith Helfand (Cooked: Survival By Zip Code), Doug Tirola (Bisbee ’17) and Stephanie Wang-Breal (Blowin’ Up) talk about working to achieve success in the industry and the various challenges they face as filmmakers. Moderated by David Nugent (Hamptons International Film Festival)
Licensing Music & Art 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Attorney and filmmaker Paul Szynol (Small Talk, The Pull, Quiet Hours), Janet Hicks (Artists Rights Society) and others guide you through best practices for navigating the art and music licensing landscapes. Moderated by attorney/producer Steve Holmgren.
HAPPY HOUR 5:00PM-6:00PM
Celebration of Firelight Media