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Doc NYC 2017 Women Directors: Meet Evan Briggs — “The Growing Season”

The Growing Season

Evan Briggs worked as a field producer on the documentary “Tough Love,” which aired on the PBS series “P.O.V.” in 2015. She has taught filmmaking through the Digital Media Academy in San Francisco as well as at the Seattle Film Institute, and currently teaches at Seattle University. Briggs also works as a freelance director, providing video content to businesses and organizations both locally and nationally. “The Growing Season” is her feature debut.

The Growing Season” premiered at the 2017 Doc NYC film festival on November 12.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Eb: “The Growing Season” is for me a story about death, which makes it ultimately a story about life. The fact that we all know we will someday die is what gives life meaning, and this is so beautifully illustrated in the relationships between the old and young.

A secondary theme of the
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Fear Twd Recap: Family Plot

Fear Twd Recap: Family Plot
Man, are the grave diggers at the Otto ranch ever gonna be exhausted. Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead bumped off not a character or two but an entire family. And possibly even more disturbing, the cause of death was neither walkers nor Walker and his land-reclaiming tribe — and Madison ably lied about the massacre to further her own agenda. What did in the Trembol clan, and how did Nick and Alicia’s mother hope to turn the bloody mess to her advantage? Read on…

RelatedThe Walking Dead Season 8 Preview: Rick Is Prepared to ‘Suffer Any Loss,’ Even His Own Life,
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10 Unproduced Documentary Projects That Deserve to Get Made — Hot Docs

10 Unproduced Documentary Projects That Deserve to Get Made — Hot Docs
“Where is the hope?”

That was the question was posed last week at one of the world’s most prominent launch pads for nonfiction films in development — Hot Docs Pitch Forum — and it reflected the general mood in the room.

As 20 filmmaking teams pitched their projects to dozens of top decision-makers, funders, and broadcasters sitting around the long wooden table in the Gothic-designed Hart House at the University of Toronto, there was a particular excitement for new documentaries that were “fresh,” “optimistic” and “fun”—to use some of the words spoken publically over the two-day pitch-a-thon.

See MoreHow Hot Docs, North America’s Smartest Festival, Could Anoint an Oscar Winner

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you could see those same powerbrokers struggling over what to do with still essential, but tough issue-driven films having to do with post-revolutionary countries in the Middle East or the global refugee crisis.
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‘Big Little Lies’ Finale: Director Jean-Marc Vallée on the Long-Awaited Answer to the Mystery

‘Big Little Lies’ Finale: Director Jean-Marc Vallée on the Long-Awaited Answer to the Mystery
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the finale of “Big Little Lies,” which aired April 2.

The mystery is finally solved: Not only do we know who did it, we also know who the victim is, too. And we know who the father is of Jane’s son, Ziggy — the man who assaulted her that horrible night seven years ago. And thanks to director Jean-Marc Vallee’s visual storytelling style, it was all delivered without a single word spoken.

It was justice a long time coming for Celeste’s abusive husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) who suffered a fatal fall at the hands of Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz). The women bonded together to keep the secret, refusing to tell the authorities the truth — but they’re each finally unburdened of the painful, deep secrets they’ve been keeping all series long.

Vallée and writer David E. Kelley nudged the significance of the ending to be a slightly
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CAA Signs ‘Beneath the Harvest Sky’ Duo Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly

CAA Signs ‘Beneath the Harvest Sky’ Duo Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly
CAA has signed the “Beneath the Harvest Sky” directing-producing team of Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, Variety has learned exclusively.

They were previously represented by UTA. Gaudet and Pullapilly were featured in Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch list in 2014.

They wrote, directed and produced “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. The coming-of-age drama, starring Callan McAuliffe and Emory Cohen, included a marketing plan developed in partnership with Harvard Business School and was picked up by Tribeca Films.

Gaudet and Pullapilly also directed “The Way We Get By,” a chronicle of three senior citizens who find meaning in welcoming back U.S. soldiers. The documentary premiered at SXSW in 2009 and won more than a dozen festival awards before garnering a PBS broadcast on “P.O.V.

They are currently casting their next narrative feature, “Crook County,” about a whistleblower’s harrowing journey into an ‘8os undercover FBI operation in Cook County,
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‘Beneath the Harvest Sky’ Directors Tapped as Guggenheim Fellows

‘Beneath the Harvest Sky’ Directors Tapped as Guggenheim Fellows
Beneath the Harvest Sky” directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly have been selected as Guggenheim fellows for 2015 to support their next feature film, “Crook County.”

The couple were honored as part of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” in late 2013 for “Harvest Sky,” their directorial debut. The coming-of-age drama, starring Callan McAuliffe and Emory Cohen, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival with a marketing plan developed in partnership with Harvard Business School and was picked up by Tribeca Films.

The fellowship is one of 173 awarded this year from a group of over 3,100 applicants. Since 1925, the foundation has awarded over $325 million in fellowships to nearly 18,000 individuals.

Details of “Crook County” are being kept under wraps.

Gaudet and Pullapilly also directed “The Way We Get By,” a chronicle of three senior citizens who find meaning in welcoming back U.S. soldiers. The documentary premiered at SXSW in 2009 and won more than a dozen
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Batwing Miniature Used For Batman Forever

In Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever, miniatures of the Batwing and Batman (Val Kilmer) were required for the scenes leading up to confrontation at Claw Island. That is where Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey) have taken Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman). In the video below, you can watch as The Batwing zooms through the Bat Cave and emerges in the Gotham City sky. Batman's plane is later shot down by The Riddler and then becomes a mini-submarine. The McCune Design team created a 1/6th scale cave interior, and a highly detailed Bat Plane that hung and launched from the cave ceiling. In addition, extensive labyrinths of tunnels were built for high-speed P.O.V. views from the plane as it exited the Bat Cave. Other scenes required the creation The Arkham Asylum exterior and a highly detailed Gotham Alley. When the alley dead ends, The Bat Mobile raced
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“Citizenfour”: What’s Up with the 2015 Awards Race

Directed by: Laura Poitras Written by: N/A (documentaries don’t have credited writers, for obvious reasons) Main Cast: Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, and Glenn Greenwald appear, among others… Past Oscar relations: Poitras is a former nominee in Best Documentary Feature for co-directing the doc P.O.V. Today we have another article in this particular series of mine concerning certain 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of actual Oscar attention as a contender at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for here for us is a documentary in Citizenfour that’s looking to take its sensational New York Film Festival debut and use that strong buzz in order to appeal to the Academy beyond the documentary category. Can it actually content for a Best Picture nomination? Let’s discuss that interesting possibility a little bit now below… This doc is a look at whistleblower Edward Snowden and his decision to come
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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects,
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Claudia Myers’ ‘Fort Bliss’ Wins Audience Prize at Champs Elysees Film Fest

Claudia Myers’ ‘Fort Bliss’ Wins Audience Prize at Champs Elysees Film Fest
Paris– Claudia Myers’ “Fort Bliss” won the audience prize at the third edition of Champs Elysees Film Festival, which was presided by Jacqueline Bisset and Bertrand Tavernier and wrapped today in Paris.

Fort Bliss” toplines Michelle Monaghan as a female soldier who returns home after serving in Afghanistan and struggles to rebuild her relationship with her five-year-old son. Ron Linvingston, Emmanuelle Chriqui et John Savage also star. It was released in the U.S. in April by Phase 4 Films.

The bloggers’ prize was awarded to “American Promise,” directed by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephensen. The documentary feature chronicles the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. It previously won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Jury nod.

American Promise” was partly financed via Kickstarter and released in the U.S. by P.O.V.

The Students’ kudo,
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LatinoBuzz: PBS Documentary Series Pov touring Cuba April 5-14

For the third year in a row, a U.S. documentary program will tour Cuba. Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 3, which takes place April 5-14 2014 will bring Simon Kilmurry, Executive Producer of PBS’s award-­‐winning P.O.V. (Point of View) television series, to Cuba. He will do a presentation about several of the Latino films that have aired on P.O.V and screen the new Pov film Getting Back to Abnormal. Alexandra Halkin, Director of the Americas Media Initiative (Ami), a non-­‐profit that works with Cuban filmmakers, organized the tour. the Cuban organizational providing the logistical support is the Young Directors Film Festival (Muestra Joven),based in Havana. The tour will begin with a presentation by Mr. Kilmurry at the Young Directors Festival and then Ms. Halkin and Mr. Kilmurry will travel to the Isle of Youth and Pinar del Rio, where they will screen Getting Back to Abnormal and engage in Q&A sessions with Cubanaudiences.

Back in the spring of 2012 Ami launched its pioneering Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias U.S. Documentary tour with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and was the first time that the MoMA did an official program in Cuba. Since then, the Closing Distances tours have screened six U.S. documentaries and engaged with Cuban audiences in Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Holguin, Bayamo, Guantanamo, Baracoa, the Sierra Maestra Mountains and Havana. Interviews and portions of the presentations have been broadcast on Cuban National Television, reaching millions of Cubans throughout the island. Ami is the only U.S. organization that Cuba has allowed to screen U.S. documentaries in the Cuban provinces.

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 27th season on PBS in 2014, P.O.V is the longest-­‐running independent documentary showcase on American television screening films from around the world. P.O.V has presented more than 365 films to date. P.O.V. films have won every major film and broadcasting award, including 32 Emmys, 15 Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-­‐Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the Prix Italia and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Commitment to Diversity Award. P.O.V. has pioneered the art of outreach, using nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues.

Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 3will screen Getting Back to Abnorma directed by Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Paul Stekler, and Peter Odabashian. New Orleans is the setting for the film, which serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-­‐ Keller, Head polarizes the city. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. the film was an Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and is a co-production of Itvs. It will broadcast on Pov on July 14, 2014.

Simon Kilmurry oversees all of P.O.V. programs, including production and programming, Pov digital, community engagement and development. He is also the executive producer of America ReFramed, a documentary series on the World Channel. He has served on juries and panels at film festivals around the world including Idfa, Hot Docs, Visions du Reel, and Doc Aviv. Alexandra Halkin is a documentary filmmaker and Founding Director of Ami. Ms. Halkin, a Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, has been working on documentary projects in Cuba for over two decades. Ami focuses on the distribution of Cuban Independent and community media in collaboration with Icarus Films in New York. Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 3 is funded in part by the Ford Foundation.
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‘Fruitvale Station,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ On Ifp Gotham Award Audience Award Short List

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‘Fruitvale Station,’ ’12 Years A Slave’ On Ifp Gotham Award Audience Award Short List
The Independent Filmmaker Project set its top five nominees for the 4th annual Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at one of the top 50 U.S. or Canadian film festivals from December 2012 through October 2013. First round voting began October 24th and ended November 5th at 12:00 am, and comprised 36 audience award-winning films from the top 50 Us and Canadian film festivals. Round two voting begins November 8th at 10:00 am to select a final winner and ends November 24th at 11:59 pm. Filmgoers can vote online for their favorite film at http://gotham.ifp.org/audience_award. 2013 Gotham Audience Award Nominees 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Fruitvale Station Ryan Coogler, director; Nina Young Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, producers (The Weinstein Company) Best Kept Secret Samantha Buck,
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Why Do Film Festivals Reject Good Films?

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Why Do Film Festivals Reject Good Films?
As befits its title, "Best Kept Secret," Samantha Buck's intimate look at a New Jersey High School for special needs children, is one of the best kept secrets of the past year. At the movie review aggregation site Metacritic.com, it is the only film with a perfect 100 "Metascore." It was the Audience Award winner at Iff Boston and named one of the Best of the Fest at AFI Docs. It played well on PBS' P.O.V. strand in September. And yet 15 film festivals rejected "Best Kept Secret" before it found acclaim. What did critics and audiences eventually see in "Best Kept Secret" that 15 film festival programmers did not? Film festivals reject movies for a variety of reasons -- quality, or the lack of it, of course -- but there are other factors, as well: achieving a "balanced program"; picking films appropriate to specific local audiences. But do some films
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A Fierce Green Fire; The First Big-Picture Documentary History of the Environmental Movement Has a Message About Out Future

Los Angeles, home of the most ambitious and successful environmental movements, will see eight free screenings of “A Fierce Green Fire” in late September and early October

The timing couldn’t be better for seeing A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet -- the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, fifty years of activism from conservation to climate change. From Fukushima to fracking, Keystone Xl to climate change, the world has never been more in need of a reminder that people can, and have, solved huge environmental problems.

And what better place to show this landmark film than Los Angeles, home to some of the most ambitious, innovative and successful environmental efforts in the country. From saving Mono Lake and healing Santa Monica Bay, to leading efforts to reduce smog that changed the entire automobile industry and pioneering climate legislation, no region in America has had a more distinct record of environmental success.

Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy-Award nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, A Fierce Green Fire premiered at Sundance Film Festival. It chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:

David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon • Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals • Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals • Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubber tappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest • Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change

Surrounding these main stories are strands like environmental justice, going back to the land, and movements of the global south such as Wangari Maathai in Kenya. Vivid archival film brings it all back and insightful interviews with activists shed light on what it all means. The film offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, bringing our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature. It’s the battle for a living planet.

The film arrives at a moment of promise: 25 years after Dr. James Hansen first warned of global warming; 8 years after Katrina; 3 years after the Gulf oil disaster; 2 years after meltdown at Fukushima and first stopping the Keystone Pipeline; and 1 year since the wake-up call that was Hurricane Sandy, the capper to the hottest year on record. 2013 may be the year that grassroots pressure finally forces action to halt climate change. A Fierce Green Fire gives us reason to believe.

All of the Southland screenings are free and (except UCLA) open to the public. Each will be followed by a discussion featuring local environmental leaders and the filmmaker. Below is a list of screenings and participants.

The Big Four:

Wednesday, September 25, at 7 pm Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA Panel discussion: Matthew King, Heal the Bay; Robert Gottlieb, renowned author of “Forcing the Spring” and professor at Occidental College

Friday, September 27, at 5:30 pm West Hollywood Public Library, 8272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA Panel Discussion: Angelo Logan, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice; Juana Torres, Sierra Club; Michele Prichard, Liberty Hill Foundation’s Common Agenda

Thursday, October 3, 6 pm Pasadena Central Public Library Auditorium, 285 East Walnut Street Pasadena, CA Speaker: Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange on fracking coming to California

Friday, October 4, at 6 pm G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA Panel Discussion: Bill Gallegos, Communities for a Better Environment; Michele Prichard, Liberty Hill Foundation’s Common Agenda (opening of G2’s Green Earth Film Fest -- space is limited, so RSVP: theG2Gallery.com)

Three area colleges and an arts center in Long Beach:

Pitzer College, Robert Redford Conservancy -- Monday, September 30 in Claremont, CA UCLA Institute of Environmental Sciences -- Wednesday, October 2 (campus community only) Csu Long Beach, Multicultural Center -- Thursday, September 26, noon CALBArts, Bungalow Art Center, 729 Pine, Long Beach -- Friday, September 27th, 7pm

About The Film

Early Praise for A Fierce Green Fire:

"The material is vast and it’s an incredibly dynamic film. It’s shaping up to be the documentary of record on the environmental movement." - Cara Mertes, former director of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program

"Winningly spans the broad scope of environmental history… connecting its origins with the variety of issues still challenging society today." - Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

"Rarely do environmental-themed films come with the ambitious scope of ‘A Fierce Green Fire’… which aims at nothing less than the history of environmentalism itself." - Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

"The most ambitious environmental documentary since 'An Inconvenient Truth' tries to make the case that we just might win." - Michael Roberts, Outside Magazine

"The film left me emotionally drained and profoundly hopeful." -Bruce Barcott, On Earth Magazine

"Brilliant! Should be assigned viewing for all of us, especially those political leaders currently manning the helm of spaceship earth." - Jay Meehan, Park Record

About The Principals And People Featured In The Film

Director/Producer/Writer Mark Kitchell’s Berkeley in the Sixties – one of the defining films about the protest movements that shook America during the 1960s – received the Sundance Audience Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. Executive Producer Marc Weiss is the creator and former Executive Producer of P.O.V., the award-winning series now in its 26th season on PBS. Interviews were shot by Vicente Franco. It was edited by Ken Schneider, Veronica Selver, Jon Beckhardt and Gary Weimberg. Original music is by George Michalski and Dave Denny, Garth Stevenson, Randall Wallace and Todd Boekelheide. Narrators include: Robert Redford; Ashley Judd; activist Van Jones; author Isabel Allende; and Meryl Streep.

Featured In The Film Are:

The incomparable Lois Gibbs, leader of Love Canal; Paul “I work for whales” Watson; Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org; Paul Hawken and Stewart Brand, alternative ecology visionaries; Martin Litton, at 92 thundering, “If you haven’t got any hatred in your heart, what are you living on?”; Carl Pope and John Adams, longtime heads of the Sierra Club and Nrdc; and Bob Bullard, who closes the film on a universal note: “There’s no Hispanic air. There’s no African-American air. There’s air! And if you breathe air – and most people I know do breathe air – then I would consider you an environmentalist.”
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Ford Foundation Adds Sundance's Mertes as JustFilms Director, Funding Social Issue Docs

One of the key posts in the documentary world has been taken by Cara Mertes, who was director of the Sundance Institute's documentary film program. She'll now be director of the Ford Foundation's social justice filmmaking program JustFilms, which was founded by departing Orlando Bagwell and is under the Ford Media Arts and Culture unit. She'll be funding social issue docs. Bagwell supported more than 80 films via innovative creative collaborations; he believed in interactive storytelling to drive audience engagement. Prior to the Sundance Institute, Mertes was executive producer of the “P.O.V.” documentary series at PBS and received multiple Emmys, George Foster Peabody and duPont-Columbia Awards. “Through Cara’s experience working on all elements of storytelling, and being a pioneer at finding and cultivating unique voices to have their stories told, she is well positioned to build on the legacy of JustFilms and to support filmmakers at every turn, from creation to.
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News Shorts: February 2nd 2012

New photos from Snow White and the Huntsman, Savages, Prometheus, Dredd, Argo, and The Hunger Games.

Set photos from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained will look mighty familiar to "Deadwood" fans. There's also concept art for John Carter and cartoon promo art for The Expendables 2.

New posters from Resident Evil: Retribution, Bel Ami, The Island President, Friends with Kids, Hysteria, 21 Jump Street, Bullhead.

"Focus Features and Participant Media are in negotiations to acquire Gus Van Sant's $15 million "Promised Land" project written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Damon and Krasinski plan to star in the story of a salesman whose life is changed after he enters a small town…" (full details)

"New Blu-ray release dates have been announced - "The Adventures of Tintin" on March 13th, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" on April 3rd, "The Darkest Hour" on April 10th, "Young Adult" and "The Innkeepers" on April 24th…
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Doc Talk: What's the Most Important Ethical Concern for Documentary Today?

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Filed under: Documentaries, Columns, Cinematical

What is the biggest ethical concern for documentary today? Yes, it's a Big question. But it's worth trying to answer even if it's not easy to do so. Ethics are such a big deal in documentary discourse, probably the toughest topic to wrap our heads around, or come to many conclusions about. Panels and lectures on documentary ethics can be found at nearly every film festival and conference, and sometimes they occur at more random times and places, too. And none of these discussions ever finish with definite resolutions.

Last week I attended one of these irregular events, one hosted by The New York Film/Video Council and titled "Crossing the Line? A conversation on ethics and documentary film." P.O.V.'s Yance Ford moderated the talk, which featured filmmakers Albert Maysles ('Grey Gardens'), Tia Lessin ('Trouble the Water'), Stephanie Wang-Breal ('I Love You,
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Doc Talk: What's the Most Important Ethical Concern for Documentary Today?

Doc Talk: What's the Most Important Ethical Concern for Documentary Today?
Filed under: Documentaries, Columns, Cinematical

What is the biggest ethical concern for documentary today? Yes, it's a Big question. But it's worth trying to answer even if it's not easy to do so. Ethics are such a big deal in documentary discourse, probably the toughest topic to wrap our heads around, or come to many conclusions about. Panels and lectures on documentary ethics can be found at nearly every film festival and conference, and sometimes they occur at more random times and places, too. And none of these discussions ever finish with definite resolutions.

Last week I attended one of these irregular events, one hosted by The New York Film/Video Council and titled "Crossing the Line? A conversation on ethics and documentary film." P.O.V.'s Yance Ford moderated the talk, which featured filmmakers Albert Maysles ('Grey Gardens'), Tia Lessin ('Trouble the Water'), Stephanie Wang-Breal ('I Love You,
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Heather Courtney (Where Soldiers Come From) | Video Interview - SXSW Film 2011

It is extremely rare that I commit to doing an interview with a director prior to watching their film, but Heather Courtney proved to be an exception to that rule. There are also very few directors whose work would prompt me to stay up until 3:30 Am on the opening night of SXSW just to watch a DVD screener of their newest film, but Courtney proved to be an exception to that rule as well. I based these decisions on my respect for Courtney’s previous work (Letters from the Other Side, Los Trabajadores) and the fact that she enlisted other talented local Austin filmmakers (producer Megan Gilbride, editor Kyle Henry) to work on Where Soldiers Come From with her. Smells Like Screen Spirit's chat with Courtney at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW 2011 could have very easily turned into a very uncomfortable affair if Where Soldiers Come From did
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Film Independent Selects 14 Filmmakers For Inaugural Documentary Lab

Laura Gabbert, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, Caroline Libresco, Doug Pray, Heather Rae, Eddie Schmidt, Aj Schnack to Serve as Lab Mentors .

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to support strong, original voices develop their filmmaking careers in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment. Documentary Lab Mentors include filmmakers Laura Gabbert (No Impact Man), Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden), Doug Pray (Art & Copy), Aj Schnack (Convention),Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco, and producers Heather Rae (Frozen River) and Eddie Schmidt (Troubadours). filmmakers Jen Arnold (A Small Act), Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol), Chicken & Egg.s Julie Benello,
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