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DOC CHICAGO SCHEDULE
Friday, March 8, 7pm Panel: Amplifying Diverse Voices How does the field of documentary fare when it comes to diversity and inclusion among storytellers, stories, and participants? Is the current “golden age” of documentary opening the door for more diverse makers and practices? Our panelists will share international, national, and local perspectives and address topics ranging from access, visibility, funding, and mentorship to inspired DIY efforts.
Moderator: Marco Williams, award-winning filmmaker of seminal documentaries Two Towns of Jasper, Banished, In Search of Our Fathers, and more. Professor, Northwestern University.
Panelists: Danielle Beverly, professor, Northwestern University and filmmaker (Old South). At Northwestern’s campus in Doha, Qatar, where Danielle Beverly teaches, the population of students is 80% female. These young women hail from countries in the MENA region and sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Beverly will share what the obstacles and challenges are that these young women filmmakers face as they pursue their dreams of telling their own stories.
Yvonne Welbon has produced over 20 films, which have screened on PBS, Starz, TV-ONE, Bravo, BET, HBO, Netflix, iTunes, etc. and in over 100 film festivals around the world. She is the founder of Sisters in Cinema and Senior Creative Consultant for Chicken & Egg Pictures, a national support organization and funder for women nonfiction filmmakers.
Saturday, March 9, 1pm Panel: Journalism & Documentary in a "Fake News" Era The line that traditionally separated documentary filmmakers from journalists is increasingly becoming blurred. Documentarians now frequently investigate important stories that don’t receive enough coverage in the mainstream media. What are the historical, aesthetic and storytelling distinctions between these disciplines and do they still exist? How can documentary filmmakers and journalists learn from each other?
Moderator: Brent Huffman, documentary filmmaker (Saving Mes Aynak), journalist, and professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Panelists: Gordon Quinn, co-founder and Artistic Director, Kartemquin Films
Jiayan Jenny Shi, documentary filmmaker (Finding Yingying) and video journalist, The Real Chi/Free Spirit Media, Kindling Group
Raquel Zaldivar, visual journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Her work has been published with NPR, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and The Atlantic, among other outlets.
Saturday, March 9, 2:15pm Panel: New Media Landscapes: Documentary Series While documentary and web series have grown in popularity, producing a series rather than a stand-alone documentary poses unique challenges. Driving online traffic to a web series poses additional hurdles, especially in today’s heavily saturated media market. Learn from our expert panel of local filmmakers about the challenges inherent in producing documentary series and how they eventually found and cultivated an engaged and supportive online audience for their work.
This panel is presented in conjunction with Chicago Filmmakers’ Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF), a project of Voqal, administered by Chicago Filmmakers. CDMPF has funded several award-winning fiction and non-fiction web series such as The T, Brown Girls, Another Life, America in Transition, Stranded by the State, and The School Project. The event will conclude with a short info session and Q&A about the application process and grant guidelines for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund.
Moderator:Jeff Spitz, filmmaker, creator of The Doc Talk Show, and professor, Columbia College
Panelists: Ruth Leitman, filmmaker and professor, Columbia College. Director: Lady Parts Justice League (Kartemquin Films)
Morgan Johnson, co-founder of The TRiiBE, a digital media platform showcasing innovative content to reshape the narrative of Black millennials in Chicago. CDMPF grantee for Another Life
Nick Nummerdor, filmmaker, CDMPF grantee for The Skatepark: Concrete Dreams
Kristin Pichaske, filmmaker and professor, Columbia College. Producer, Kindling Group. CDMPF grantee for Pulling the Thread
A brief grant info session will follow the panel at 3:15pm
Saturday, March 9, 3:45pm Community Conversation: Strengthening the Region Are there unifying themes in Midwestern filmmaking? How can we amplify regional voices and create sustainable careers? And how can we grow more connections across the region that are inclusive of both individual filmmakers and media arts organizations? We’ll present insights from last year’s “State of the Doc: Midwest” survey and invite you to share your ideas in a guided group discussion. We are pleased that Molly Veh, manager of the Milwaukee Filmmakers Alliance, and filmmakers from Ohio and Madison, WI will be part of this conversation.
Facilitator: Amber Love, festival programmer & filmmaker
Please note: there is limited seating for this session due to space constraints.
Saturday, March 9, 3:45pm Screening: Chicago Short Docs This program offers a fun sampler of Chicago-produced doc shorts by both established and next generation filmmakers. Dan Rybicky’s Accident, MD surveys attitudes about America’s healthcare crisis, filmed in and around the small town of Accident, Maryland. Just back from a premiere at Slamdance, Northwestern alumna Heqiuzi Wang’s Roughly Delicate introduces us to the world of Chinese women immigrants in Chicago, who fluidly move from the dance floor to the shooting range. Adam Villani’s SCUM (Columbia College) provocatively dives into filmmaking ethics and online dating. Mixing home videos, photos and interviews, Connor O'Keefe's Our Transition (DePaul University) is a moving dialogue between the filmmaker and his parents about his transition. Generation One, by Kartemquin Films' Diverse Voices in Documentary Fellow Sohib Boundaoui, is set in Bridgeview, IL and explores the perspectives of the American-born children of Arab Muslim immigrants as they try to balance the pull of two identities.
Saturday, March 9, 5pm-6pm Social Hour Once the panels are over, stay to mingle and catch up with other Chicago documentary filmmakers! Snacks & non-alcoholic beverages provided.