Insights on Navigating the Distribution Landscape at DOC NYC PRO

Written by Nikki Krivanek Tom Quinn, Founder and CEO of Neon (currently releasing I, TONYA) and Arianna Bocco, EVP of Acquisitions at IFC and Sundance Selects (currently releasing Frank Serpico and Dealt) sat down with Impact Partner’s Dan Cogan for a DOC NYC PRO panel to discuss the distribution landscape over the last ten years and […]

Morning Manifesto on Smart Producing Day at DOC NYC PRO

  Written by Nikki Krivanek Brian Newman, founder of Sub-Genre Media, kicked off Day Six of DOC NYC PRO sharing his thoughts on the current state of the nonfiction producing landscape. Newman’s Morning Manifesto was packed with useful advice for filmmakers and emphasized the importance of marketing. When it comes to the current landscape of […]

Morning Manifesto on Perfecting Your Pitch at DOC NYC PRO

Written by Nikki Krivanek Looking to “shake things up” a little, Tabitha Jackson started off Day 5 of DOC NYC PRO “Pitch Perfect Day” with inspiring quotes and thought provoking questions. During the Moring Manifesto (which she preferred to call a less gendered “festo”) Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute […]

Morning Manifesto on Mastering Cinematography at DOC NYC Pro

Written by Isaac Steinmetz “It’s OK to Make Money,” “Failure is Good” and other Lessons from Groundbreaking True Crime Filmmaker Joe Berlinger Day 4 of DOC NYC PRO began with words of wisdom from Joe Berlinger, director of HBO’s “Paradise Lost” trilogy, “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” and many other seminal true crime, historical and music […]

On Clarity, Controversy, and Covering Uncomfortable Topics at DOC NYC Pro

Written by Megan Scanlon In light of the general lack of gender parity in filmmaking, it’s worth noting that DOC NYC strives for diversity across films, programs, and platforms. Suffused with idiosyncratic POVs, and a convivial verve and pluck, the spectrum of talent who took to the Cinepolis stage for the five panels of Mastering […]

On Filmmakers Becoming Part of the Story at DOC NYC Pro

Written by Lisa Kovitz Three directors – Bryan Fogel of Icarus, Yance Ford of Strong Island, and Jeff Orlowski of Chasing Coral – told a DOC NYC PRO audience they did not originally intend to be a character in their films, but a variety of circumstances put each front and center. The panel, moderated by […]

Advice On Navigating Sensitive Relationships at DOC NYC PRO

  Written by Lisa Kovitz While people facing significantly challenging life situations is the stuff of compelling documentary, filmmakers are required to take an even more careful approach to their subjects and stories.  Directors Amanda Lipitz of Step, Dan Sickles of Dina, Heidi Ewing of One of Us and Peter Nicks of The Force told […]

On The Art of Observation at DOC NYC Pro

  Written by Lisa Kovitz Directors Greg Barker and Laura Poitras, editor Matthew Hamachek, and producer Julie Goldman took to the stage at DOC NYC Pro Day 2 with a focus on observational filmmaking. The panel was moderated by Thom Powers, the Artistic Director of DOC NYC who framed the panel by noting that for […]

Morning Manifesto on Short List Day at DOC NYC PRO

Written by Lisa Kovitz WME Agent Liesl Copland has spent her career securing documentary financing, including running a nascent documentary unit called “Red Envelope” in the early days of Netflix.  At WME (recently rebranded as Endeavor Content), she works with passionate, top-level professionals in distribution, financing, and development. Copland outlined two key trends in the […]

Morning Manifesto on The State of Documentary at DOC NYC Pro

  Written by Megan Scanlon   Now in its 8th year, with over 250 films and special events, DOC NYC again lights up lower Manhattan with a shared buzz of excitement and camaraderie. As a nod to this, International Documentary Association (IDA) Executive Director Simon Kilmurry, in conversation with  DOC NYC Artistic Director Thom Powers, […]