Thu Nov 7, 2019, 10:00 AM | Cinepolis Chelsea

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DOC NYC PRO is co-presented by Kanopy.

Seasoned experts unpack fundamental filmmaking elements of story development, assembling a team, financing and distribution.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast

10:00 AM – 11:10 AM Developing Your Story
How do filmmakers test their story concepts before starting a project? What do you need to analyze about characters, access, archival and narrative arc? Hear from Lauren Haber (Impact Partners), Netsanet Negussie (Catalyst Films) and Malika Zouhali-Worrall (Thank You For Playing), moderated by Andrea Swift (Chair, Documentary Filmmaking, New York Film Academy).

11:30 AM – 12:40 PM Building Your Team
How do you attract and retain the best talent for your team? How do you develop authority as a first time filmmaker when working with more experienced veterans? How do you manage varying roles of full-time, part-time and consulting collaborators? Panelists: Barak Goodman (Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation), Nick Ravich (Art21), Rose Vincelli Gustine (SVA MFA Social Documentary), moderated by Cynthia Kane.

1:30 PM – 2:40 PM Funding an Independent Documentary
Grants, crowd-funding, and investments each require specialized approaches. Hear strategies from filmmakers who have been through it before. Panelists: Chelsi Bullard (On The Ledge), Leah Warshawski (Big Sonia), moderated by Tracie Holder.

3:00 PM – 4:10 PM Distribution Case Study: 306 Hollywood
306 Hollywood is a personal documentary that won acclaim at Sundance and many festivals. But the first-time filmmakers had to lead their own distribution and impact campaign. 306 Hollywood producer/director Jonathan Bogarín talks to filmmaker and D-Word founder Doug Block about lessons from the experience.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Happy Hour
Join us in the PRO Lounge to gather with fellow attendees and panelists to discuss the day.

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