Monday, October 31, 2011

FREE Filmmaker Panels at DocFest

All panels taking place at the IFC Center will be free to students presenting a valid Student ID at the IFC Center box office on the day of the event, space permitting.

State of TV – Representatives from A&E, HBO, POV and other outlets discuss the current acquisition market for documentaries, moderated by Peter Hamilton of Wed., Nov. 2, 11:00am-12:15pm (IFC Center)

State of Theatrical – Representatives from Magnolia Pictures (Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times), IFC Films (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), Zeitgeist Films (Bill Cunningham) and Cinema Guild (The Interrupters) discuss strategies for making docs work theatrically. Wed., Nov. 2, 12:45-2:00pm (IFC Center)

State of Digital – Key players in the world of digital distribution discuss the emerging opportunities. Wed., Nov. 2, 2:30-3:45pm (IFC Center)

Branded Content – Brand support of documentaries dates back to when the fur company Revillon Frères paid for Robert Flaherty to make Nanook of the North. This panel will explore new models in a discussion with representatives from advertising and filmmaking. Wed., Nov. 2, 4:15-5:30pm (IFC Center)

Meet the Press – Film journalists from major outlets discuss strategies for documentaries to get exposure. Thu., Nov. 3, 11:00am-12:15pm (IFC Center)

Turning Tough Topics Into Great Stories – Co-presented by Chicken & Egg Pictures. Filmmakers discuss how to engage audiences with human rights and other tough topics. Thu., Nov. 3, 12:45-2:00pm (IFC Center)

What's Fair in Fair Use – Attorneys and other Fair Use experts explore the growing potential for filmmakers to use footage or music without paying royalties. Thu., Nov. 3, 2:30-3:45pm (IFC Center)

Maximizing Revenues – Attorneys and sales agents discuss strategies for filmmakers to keep track of royalties and ensure they get their fair share. Thu., Nov. 3, 4:15-5:30pm (IFC Center)

Art of Cinematography – Four esteemed documentary cinematographers share examples of how they handled challenging situations. Fri., Nov. 4, 11:00am-12:15pm (IFC Center)

Art of Editing – Four accomplished documentary editors share examples of how they approached challenging scenes. Fri., Nov. 4, 12:45-2:00pm (IFC Center)

Case Study: Taking on Controversy – Co-presented by Working Films. How does a filmmaker maintain balance when taking on a subject that brings out extremes? This case study of the film The Greater Good (playing in Viewfinders Competition) offers insights. Fri., Nov. 4, 2:30-4:00pm (IFC Center)

In Conversation: Jonathan Demme – Interviewed by New York magazine critic David Edelstein, Demme reflects on his documentary career, from Stop Making Sense to The Agronomist to I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful (playing in American Perspectives). Fri., Nov. 4, 5:15-6:30pm (IFC Center)

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