Location: IFC Center, NYC

As documentary filmmakers, it’s essential to understand your role and obligations towards the participants involved in your projects. In this interactive learning experience, we’ll explore the nuances and complexities of ethical responsibility in filmmaking. While there are often no concrete answers to ethical dilemmas, discussing case studies with other filmmakers will provide guidance as you wrestle with dilemmas from your own projects. Do you wonder about what responsibility documentary filmmakers have to their participants throughout the filmmaking process and beyond? Should filmmakers compensate participants? What if a filmmaker doubts the integrity of their protagonist? Join DOC NYC and Stephanie Palumbo from film impact non-profit Peace is Loud in an event geared towards doc filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

Filmmakers Margie Ratliff (Subject), Martina Radwan, (Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow), and Sonia Kennebeck (Enemies of the State) will present one dilemma each during this day-long in person workshop. Erika Dilday, Executive Director of American Documentary, will provide an overview of the current state of ethics in documentary filmmaking. Two ethical frameworks will be presented to guide the conversations: Molly Murphy of the The Documentary Accountability Working Group will share their values-based framework and Lisa Leeman of the Documentary Producers Alliance and USC Film School will present a method of ethical inquiry from which to analyze the scenarios.

We ask guests to bring a compassionate and open mind as we explore these sensitive and complex case studies.

Each dilemma includes dedicated time where filmmakers, in small groups, discuss how they would navigate each scenario, and also a Q&A with the presenter. We will ask everyone to commit to a set of community agreements designed to create an environment of curiosity, kindness, and respect.

Each guest will receive 1 free popcorn or a drink during the workshop.

Early bird tickets to this event are $79 ($65 for IFC members) through June 29 and $99 ($80 for IFC members) after June 29. Tickets are non-refundable.

If you have questions about registration, please email ticketing@docnyc.net. For questions about accommodations and accessibility, including requests for live ASL interpretation, please email accessibility@docnyc.net

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