Cara Mertes Named Hot Docs’ 2018 Doc Mogul

Mertes: Ford Foundation

Cara Mertes is set to be honored at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Pov Magazine reports. The director of the JustFilms initiative at the Ford Foundation will receive the Dog Mogul Award, a prize that “honors a peer in the industry who has made significant contributions to the art and business of documentary.”

Mertes previously served as director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund, and was an executive producer on PBS’ doc series “Pov.” “Her work with the JustFilms initiative includes fostering an environment for inclusive independent filmmaking and encouraging the growth of emerging voices and media worldwide,” the source writes. Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning Edward Snowden doc “Citizenfour” is among the titles that’s received support from JustFilms, as is Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’ “Whose Streets?” which offers a look into the lives of everyday St. Louisans in the aftermath of
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How Women Made the Documentary Community

How Women Made the Documentary Community
Doc NYC, the largest documentary festival in America, kicked off its latest edition this week with its annual Visionaries Tribute. Co-founder Thom Powers opened the ceremony with the following speech.

One year ago, our community was gathered at the Visionaries Tribute two days after Donald Trump was elected. In that dark moment, I know many people in this room took strength from being among great storytellers, feeling that documentary-making had an important role to play.

See More:doc NYC 2017: 13 Films We Can’t Wait to See At the Festival, From ‘EuroTrump’ to ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years

We were living through a historic moment then, and now we’re living through a different one as we witness the cascading exposure of sexual harassment endemic to our culture.

To an extent, this is something we all knew happened. Only now we have a much more vivid image of what it
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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’
Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that
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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’

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Doc NYC Announces Its Awards Short List, Including ‘Icarus,’ ‘Jane,’ and ‘Strong Island’
Doc NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, has announced its 15-film Short List of Oscar contenders along with its opening-night selection, “The Final Year,” in which Greg Barker follows key members of Barack Obama’s administration during their last year in office. The festival runs November 9-16.

Thom Powers, Doc NYC’s artistic director as well as documentary programmer for Tiff, oversees curation of the Short List of films that may be in the running for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature. This year contains a spectrum of funders and distributors, including four from Netflix — and none from HBO.

Historically, most Doc NYC picks do land on the Academy’s official 15-film Oscar Short List. For the past four years, the Short List had nine to 10 titles overlap, with four or five titles going on to Oscar nominations. For the last six years, Doc NYC screened the documentary that
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The Doc Day returns to Cannes for second year

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Barbet Schroeder, Amos Gitaï, post-truth era panel among May 23 highlights.

The Doc Day returns to Cannes on May 23 for its second year with the overarching goal of exploring how the non-fiction form creates impact and can bring peace to disrupted societies.

The Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (Cnc) will introduce the morning session at the Plage du Gray d’Albion when Amos Gitaï will discuss his Directors’ Fortnight selection West Of The Jordan River (Field Diary Revisited) with critic Jean-Michel Frodon.

The session will include the round table ‘Documentaries in the Post-Truth Era’ moderated by Screen International and featuring Kathleen Lingo of the New York Times’ Op-Docs platform, investigative correspondent Laurent Richard from Premières Lignes Télévision, Ida Enterprise Documentary Fund director Carrie Lozano, Kathy Im, director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Journalism and Media Program, and Gonzalo Lamela, director of Films For Transparency.

“In a world
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Doc NYC Pro: Learn Documentary Essentials from the Filmmakers Behind this Year’s Best Films

For one week in November, virtually the entire documentary film community will gather in New York City for the Doc NYC film festival, where this year’s most acclaimed non-fiction films will screen. With all that talent and experience gathered in one place, Doc NYC has decided to channel it toward a new eight-day conference focusing on the tools and skills needed to fund, create and distribute documentary films.

Read More: ‘Weiner,’ Yes; ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ No: The 15 Documentaries on the Doc NYC Short List

Doc NYC Pro is geared toward documentary professionals looking to advance their careers and filmmaking skills and will be comprised of talks, panels, masterclasses and pitch sessions featuring filmmakers and decision makers behind films like “Weiner,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Amanda Knox” and “Cartel Land.”

Each day of Doc NYC Pro will begin with a “morning manifesto,” featuring speakers Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Josh Kriegman and
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Cannes Marché revamps documentary offering

Exclusive: Gianfranco Rosi, Laura Poitras to speak at inaugural Doc Day; Marché to launch dedicated screening room for documentaries.

This year’s Cannes Marché is enhancing its documentary film offering through the launch of a dedicated Doc Day conference and a new screening room.

Now in its fifth year, Doc Corner, which runs throughought the festival [May 11 - 22], is moving to the Riviera where it will feature an expanded programme.

This year’s line-up includes one-to-one meetings Doc Meets, presentations from organisations including Cph:dox and a video library of 250 feature documentaries.

There will also be a new 21-seat documentary-only Marché Screening Room that will run screenings throughout the festival.

Doc Day

New to the programme is the first ever Doc Day, a conference hosted by the Marché du Film with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms.

Highlighting impactful documentaries that focus on social justice, the event on May 17 at Cinema Olympia 1, in collaboration with La Scam and Connect4Climate/World Bank
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Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Event Wraps Reaffirming Its Key Role As Arab Cinema Incubator

The Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra workshop wrapped its second edition March 9 reaffirming its role as formidable facilitator for new voices in Arab cinema and beyond thanks to a format that’s getting great word of mouth, has attracted a larger North American presence this year, and looks set to build on its success going forward.

Funa Maduka, global content buyer for Netflix; Matthew Takata head of the Sundance Institute’s international feature film program; Cara Mertes, who runs the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms; and Oscar-winning British producer David Parfitt (“Shakespeare in Love”) were among the roughly one hundred invited industryites attending the March 3-9 workshop with festival elements held this year in Doha’s inspiring I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art and the nearby funky Souq Wakif.

Toronto fest topper Cameron Bailey was among returning execs. Qumra drew increased attention this year from top-tier fests with reps from Cannes,
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Over 100 Film Industry Experts Attend 2nd Edition of Doha Institute's Qumra

Qumra, the annual industry event by the Doha Film Institute designed to nurture the development of emerging filmmakers, will welcome more than 100 industry professionals, including international film festival directors, producers, fund managers, script consultants, distributors and other experts during its second edition to be held from March 4 to 9, 2016.

A number of industry leaders who attended the inaugural edition last year have confirmed their participation for the second time alongside many new organizations represented for the first time at the annual gathering dedicated to supporting first- and second-time filmmakers on both a creative and practical level. The delegates come from as far afield as Argentina, Australia, India, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Egypt and the Us.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said: “Qumra presents a very important component in nurturing a film industry in Qatar and the Arab world and the participation of international industry experts is integral to this initiative. I would like to thank each of these seasoned professionals for lending their expertise to benefit the participating projects and for being part of the unique creative network that we have cultivated through Qumra.”

She added: “We have seen many productive and tangible outcomes for the projects that were developed in the first edition of Qumra and I am confident that the connections made between emerging filmmakers and industry mentors in the coming week will contribute to the growth of a more robust regional film industry and benefit the participants far into the future.”

The Qumra industry program is centered around 33 projects from Qatar, the Arab region and the rest of the world at various stages of development. The industry sessions are presented in two strands: tutorials, workshops, consultations and one-on-one meetings for projects still in development; and a series of work-in-progress and ‘picture lock’ screenings and feedback sessions for projects in post production. I am proud to be a part of the tutorials and one-on-one sessions with the filmmakers working on short films.

Among the leading industry names to attend the event this year are: David Parfitt, Academy Award-winning producer, Chairman of Film London and ex-Chairman of BAFTA; Christophe Leparc, Managing Director, Programmer at Director’s Fortnight Cannes Film Festival and recently appointed Festival Director of Cinemed; Cameron Bailey, Festival Director, Toronto International Film Festival; Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of Festival Del Film Locarno; Vincenzo Bugno, Project Manager of Berlinale World Cinema Fund and member of the Berlinale Competition Selection Committee; Matthijs Wouter Knol, Director of the European Film Market at the Berlin International Film Festival; Remi Burah, Senior Executive Vice President, Arte France Cinéma; Cara Mertes, Director of the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms; Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures; Alexandre Mallet-Guy, President of Memento Films; Michael J. Werner, Managing Director & Chairman of Fortissimo Films; and first-time representatives from Netflix, AMC / Sundance Channel Global and the Sundance Institute.

Strong representation from programmers and directors of the world’s leading film festivals and institutes includes: Cph:dox Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival; Morelia Film Festival in Mexico & San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain; International Film Festival of Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Busan International Film Festival, South Korea; Latin Arab International Film Festival in Argentina; Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia; Tribeca Film Institute, USA; International Istanbul Film Festival; Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival; Berlinale Shorts at International Film Festival of Berlin; Sarajevo Film Festival; and the Dubai International Film Festival.

High profile regional distributors and international sales agents and distributors include representatives from Wild Bunch of France; Film Movement of USA; Memento Films, France; Tricon Films, Canada; Urban Distribution International of France; The Match Factory of Germany; Gulf Films of UAE; Mad Solutions, Egypt ; Front Row Filmed Entertainment, UAE; Moving Turtle, Lebanon and Mc Distribution, Lebanon.

International film funds and commissions represented at Qumra 2016 include: Idfa Bertha Fund of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam; Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg; the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin; The Royal Film Commission, Jordan; the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture; Screen Institute Beirut; the Netherlands Film Fund and Gulf funds Sanad Film Fund and Enjazz, UAE as well as regional financiers Image Nation and Mbc Group.

Qatar-based organizations are represented by Innovation Films and the Al Jazeera Media Training & Development Centre in Qatar along with 120 Qatar-based film, media and entertainment delegates who will also participate in the program, further building on the event’s aim to connect local, regional and international industry for the benefit of emerging talent.

Qumra has three main elements: Masterclasses by the Qumra Masters, which will be led this year by James Schamus (Us), Joshua Oppenheimer (Us), Naomi Kawase (Japan), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey) and Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia); industry meetings and screenings. All projects selected by the Doha Film Institute will benefit from the industry meetings with the experts to take their work to the next stage.

The screenings are in two categories: Master Screenings & New Voices in Cinema. The Masters Screenings this year include "The Look of Silence" (Denmark, Indonesia, Finland, Norway, UK / Indonesian, Javanese /2014) by Joshua Oppenheimer,Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Turkish / 2011) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; "Russian Ark" (Russian Federation, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan / Russian / 2002) by Aleksandr Sokurov;"The Mourning Forest" (Japan, France / Japanese / 2007) by Naomi Kawase; and " Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China / Mandarin / 2001) by Ang Lee.

In the New Voices in Cinema segment, are: "The Palm Tree" (Qatar, No Dialogue, 2015) by Jasim Al Rumaihi; "Mediterranea" (Italy, France, Germany, Qatar/ Arabic, English, French, Italian; 2015) by Jonas Carpignano; "Roundabout in my Head" (Algeria, France, Qatar/Arabic/2015), and "Waves 98" by Ely Dagher (Lebanon, Qatar / Arabic / 2015).

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Qumra kicks off in Doha with key industry in attendance

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Netflix, Sundance and Efm are among new delegates attending the second edition of the Dfi’s Qumra.

The Doha Film Institute today launched the second edition of Qumra, which is dedicated to supporting Dfi-backed first- and second-time filmmakers on both a creative and practical level.

Festival directors, producers, sales executives, fund managers, script consultants, distributors and other experts attend to meet with and mentor the new talents, discuss their forthcoming projects and see works in progress. This year’s emerging filmmakers represent 33 projects from 19 countries.

Returning industry delegates attending Qumra include Cameron Bailey from Toronto, Mirsad Purivatra from Sarajevo, Melbourne-based script consultant Claire Dobbs, Christophe Leparc of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Selim El Azar from Gulf Films, Gianluca Chakra of Front Row, Paul Baboudjian of Screen Institute Beirut, French producer Marie-Pierre Macia of Mpm Film, Frederic Corvez of Urban Distribution International, and representatives from Wild Bunch.

New delegates joining the second edition include Funa Maduka from Netflix, producer
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Ford Foundation, Cannes Film Market Launch Docu Push Against Inequality (Exclusive)

Ford Foundation, Cannes Film Market Launch Docu Push Against Inequality (Exclusive)
The Ford Foundation’s and Cannes Film Market’s networking mini-mart Doc Corner announced Tuesday a two year-partnership to raise global awareness on social justice, working against inequality.

Driving to hike the profile, market networking and distribution of social justice docu features at Cannes, the initiative was first mooted months before Hollywood began worrying about an All White Oscars. That debate, however, will only serve to focus more attention on the groundbreaking Ford Foundation-Cannes new push.

Partnership establishes a large presence at Cannes for the Ford Foundation’s five-year-old JustFilms, a film financing, social awareness and education program that has backed

visual story tellers, new media projects and organizations that work to this end. Multiple doc features it has supported, to give just two instances, include Marc Silver’s “gripping” – per Variety – 2015 Sundance winner “3 ½ Minutes” and the “fascinating”- Variety again – “Best of Enemies,” about the televised clash between conservative
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Tfi New Media Fund awards three prizes

Tribeca Film Institute in association with the JustFilms initiative have awarded interactive projects 6X9, Argus Panoptes and Red Red Roll grants from the 2015/2016 Tfi New Media Fund.

Each $50,000 award will enable the creators to explore socially charged issues through transmedia storytelling.

Subjects cover police brutality, sensory deprivation and sexual assault.

An advisory board comprised of filmmaker Julia Bacha, producer Sandi Dubowski of A Jihad For Love, Lisa Steiman, Jenni Wolfson and filmmaker Malika Zouhali-Worrall of Thank You For Playing selected the grantees.

“The creativity of our Tfi New Media Fund applicants each year is beyond inspiring and this year was no different,” said senior director of interactive programs at Tfi Opeyemi Olukemi. “The three selected projects tackle vital social issues while encapsulating the power of transmedia storytelling.”

“We see the power of moving image storytelling as an important component to disrupt dominant cultural narratives that drive inequality around the world,” said director
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Indiewire's Ultimate Guide to Documentary Filmmaking Advice

There's been a huge renaissance in documentary filmmaking and Indiewire's been collecting some really great advice for documentary filmmakers, whether it's about how to go about finding funding, making the best film you can, or distributing the film successfully, Indiewire has the information you need! Finding Funding For Your Documentary Making a Pitch at Idfa's Forum From the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, here's a look at what makes a pitch stand out at places like Idfa's Forum. Cara Mertes, Head of Ford Foundation's JustFilms, Explains Why Thinking about Impact Will Make Your Doc Better.  Yes, Really! Cara Mertes, who recently moved from the Sundance Institute to the Ford Foundation talks about why filmmakers need to consider impact. Do Documentary Filmmakers Actually Get Paid in the Us and Europe? From the Sheffield Doc/Fest, a panel of documentary producers talk about how filmmakers carve out a career for themselves across the world.
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Cara Mertes, Head of Ford Foundation's JustFilms, Explains Why Thinking about Impact Will Make Your Doc Better. Yes, Really!

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Earlier this year, it was announced that Cara Mertes would be leaving her job at the Sundance Institute to take over for Orlando Bagwell at Ford Foundation's JustFilms.  In a world where foundations are more and more important financial resources for documentary filmmakers and "impact" is the buzzword of the day, Mertes held something of a town hall meeting at last month's Doc NYC, in which she frankly asked documentary filmmakers what they needed from foundations like Ford.  As more and more people, especially those circling the Britdoc Foundation, advocate for documentary filmmakers to work with Impact Producers and elaborate impact campaigns, Indiewire followed up with Mertes this week to talk about the concept of impact.  Below, she shares how she sees impact as an integral part of the creative force that makes documentaries successful in a wide variety of ways.  What are you most excited to take on as you start your new job?
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Sundance appoints Tabitha Jackson

The Sundance Institute has appointed Channel 4 commissioning editor Tabitha Jackson as its documentary film programme director.

Jackson - who will be supervising a staff of eight - will oversee $1.8 million (£1.1 million) in filmmaker grants and five creative labs annually after she takes up the position on December 6. She replaces Cara Mertes - who has left the institute to take up a role as the director of social justice filmmaking programme JustFilms.

Jackson has more than 20 years experience in the non-fiction field, including a stint as editor at More 4 at Channel 4, where she ran the day-to-day operations for the UK’s sixth largest digital channel including running the two key areas of original programming True Stories and More 4 Arts. Over the course of her career at Channel 4, she supported documentary films including The Imposter, The Cove, Burma VJ and Which Way Home.

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Channel 4's Tabitha Jackson Heads to Sundance Institute as Director, Documentary Film Program

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The Sundance Institute has named Channel 4's Tabitha Jackson as Director, Documentary Film Program, the nonprofit announced today. Jackson replaces Cara Mertes, who headed to the Ford Foundation to direct its JustFilms program last summer Jackson, who was recently Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4 Television in London, will become a member of the Institute’s senior leadership team and supervise a staff of eight. Relocating to Los Angeles, she will begin December 6, 2013, reporting directly to Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam. In her role at Sundance Institute, Jackson will oversee all activities of the Documentary Film Program, including planning and implementing strategic partnerships, granting $1.8 million annually to independent documentaries globally and hosting five annual Labs for documentary filmmakers, among other activities. Most recently at Channel 4, Jackson commissioned shows such as "Random Acts" and "Frankenstein: The Making...
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Tabitha Jackson Comes to Sundance

The most famous festival devoted to American cinema will now have a Brit from television behind its documentary films. Tabitha Jackson, who was a commissioning editor at Channel 4 Television in London, has been named to replace the departed Cara Mertes as Director, Documentary Film Program. Thank goodness the doc world is such a font of unity and supportiveness. Shouldn’t be any sniping about this at all. Jackson has credentials: Before her Channel 4 gig, she was Editor, More 4 at Channel 4, where she ran day-to-day operations for what is the UK’s sixth largest digital channel and ran the two key areas of original programming -- True Stories and More 4 Arts. She has been associate with such nonfiction standouts as “The Imposter,” “The Cove,” “Burma VJ” and “Which Way Home.” In a prepared statement released Friday, Sundance Executive Director Keri Putnam said: “Tabitha’s professional experience, demonstrated leadership, and
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U.K. Channel 4’s Tabitha Jackson Headed For The Sundance Institute

Tabitha Jackson, the arts commissioner at UK’s Channel 4 will soon head for the Sundance Institute in the U.S., to become the new director of the Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund.She will start her new position at the beginning of the year, replacing the former director Cara Mertes, who left this past May to become the director of the JustFilms initiative at the Ford Foundation.In an official statement, Ralph Lee, the head of Specialist Factual programming at Channel 4, said: that “Tabitha has made the arts on Channel 4 truly distinctive… and also made a real mark in documentaries. We’ll miss her unique output and her presence as a colleague, but we wish all the best at...
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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:

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; 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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Sundance Institute Announces 29 Documentary Grant Recipients

Yesterday, the Sundance Institute announced the 29 documentary projects that have been selected to receive in total $550,000 worth of grant money from its Documentary Film Program and Fund. A lot of these are for projects in development by emerging filmmakers, but in there are also some films by more established names such as Jesse Moss (Full Battle Rattle), Lucia Small and Ed Pincus (The Axe in the Attic) and Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, who received audience engagement money for their 2011 doc Girl Model. In a press release, Cara Mertes, the Director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program …
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