Camden Opera House
10:00am – 11:30am (Tucker Room)
LEF Foundation Grants Workshop
Through its Moving Image Fund, the LEF Foundation has supported over 300 films by New England-based independent film and video artists with approximately $4 million dollars in funding. In this workshop, LEF’s Program Director Sara Archambault will discuss LEF’s guidelines, requirements and submission process, screen samples from recently-funded LEF films, and share tips for putting your best foot forward when submitting funding applications to foundations.
- Sara Archambault (LEF Foundation)
- Gen Carmel (LEF Foundation)
12:00pm – 1:30pm (Tucker Room)
Creative Producing – Conversation with Julie Goldman
Presented by SVA – MFA Social Documentary Film
Julie Goldman has become one of the most sought-after producers and executive producers in the business, helping propel the success of countless recent documentary hits, including LIFE ANIMATED, WEINER, BEST OF ENEMIES and many more. In this discussion moderated by Tribeca Film Institute’s Amy Hobby, she’ll explore how she approaches her work as a producer, which ranges from creatively developing projects to securing financing to navigating the festival circuit and working with sales agents and distributors to maximize the position of a film in the market.
- Julie Goldman (Motto Pictures)
- Amy Hobby (Tribeca Film Institute)
12:00pm – 1:30pm (Washington St. Conference Room)
Storyforms: Storytelling in Virtual Reality
With the launch of a new generation of VR headsets and 360-degree camera rigs, virtual reality is going mainstream. For documentary filmmakers and journalists, these technologies offer the potential of giving audiences a more visceral and immersive sense of “being there” than ever before. In this panel, four pioneers in nonfiction VR discuss their early experiments, the development of new creative techniques, and the possibilities for a storytelling language that will make VR distinct from film.
- Ben C. Solomon (New York Times)
- Carla Borras (Frontline)
- Matthew Niederhauser / John Fitzgerald (Sensorium Works)
- Kel O’Neil (THE ARK)
- Moderator: Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media)
2:00pm – 3:30pm (Tucker Room)
Branded Documentary Case Studies
Branded documentaries are on the rise with companies as varied as Starbucks, Marriott, LVMH, Patagonia and Red Bull now launching both short and feature films. These partnerships have the potential to increase the impact and reach of documentary films while helping filmmakers develop a sustainable career. Led by veteran producer and distribution consultant Brian Newman, this presentation will cover the current state of branded content, covering case studies of recent campaigns, the pros and cons of working with brands, best practices and tips and tools for pitching your films ideas to brands.
2:00pm – 3:30pm (Washington St. Conference Room)
Investigating the System: Stories of Criminal Justice and National Security
In this tumultuous election season, criminal justice and national security issues have taken the center stage. This panel brings together three directors to discuss how they use artful documentary storytelling to help audiences better understand both the inner workings and the consequences of complex, secretive systems meant to keep us safe and secure.
- Craig Atkinson (DO NOT RESIST)
- Sonia Kennebeck (NATIONAL BIRD)
- Brett Story (PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES)
- Moderator: Jeff Seelbach (First Look Media)
4:00pm – 5:30pm (Tucker Room)
The Poetics of Documentary – Editing Masterclass with Joe Bini
Presented by Vermont College of Fine Arts
Veteran documentary and fiction editor Joe Bini (GRIZZLY MAN, AMERICAN HONEY, ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED) invites you to an open-ended discussion exploring the elusive moments that allow a film to rise beyond the ordinary. Drawing on observations and clips from a 20-year collaboration with Werner Herzog, as well as recent films with Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, Nick Broomfield and others, Bini will focus on the primacy of using image and metaphor over words.
4:00pm – 5:30pm (Washington St. Conference Room)
The Documentary Marketplace
Four of the documentary industry’s most experienced sales agents discuss the current state of the marketplace, covering topics like financing, pre-sales, split right deals, new buyers, and how filmmakers can most effectively find and collaborate with agents to connect their films with audiences.
- Linzee Troubh (Cinetic)
- Abby Davis (Preferred Content)
- Vesna Cudic (Dogwoof)
- Josh Braun (Submarine)
- Moderator: Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs)
High Mountain Hall
5:00pm – 7:00pm (High Mountain Hall)
LEF Foundation Reception
After a busy day of panels, masterclasses and screenings, join the LEF Foundation for drinks, light fare and conversation with new friends at this annual gathering of the documentary film community. Open to All Access passholders only.