Workshop: In Our Own Words: Poetry on Film

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Inspired by the bold slam poetry and narration of José Eduardo Aguilar, "El Deportee" in the animated documentary Home Is Somewhere Else, this workshop combines the art of the written word and non-fiction film narration. Participants will…

ACCESSIBILITY SCORECARD IN EXHIBITION

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Over the last year, a small group of professional advocates from all areas of film and exhibition have been working to create a coalition that highlights and prioritizes accessibility needs at film events. Jim Lebrecht from FWD-Doc and Cassidy…

THE POWER OF PERSONAL DOCUMENTARY FILMS: THE DISTRIBUTORS

In early 2022, Re-Present Media (RPM) issued an article, The Power of Personal Documentary Films, presenting data gathered from emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) filmmakers working on personal documentary films. In particular,…

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

The world is coming out of COVID, and people are returning to theaters. But it is an unequal playing field. The masses are once more returning to multiplexes, but the arthouses are still suffering with low attendance, a trend that started before…

REEL LIFE: HISTORY ON FILM

How does one curate archival footage to contextualize history? The short documentary For Love and Legacy chronicles an artist's attempt to honor Black Panther leader Huey Newton through a public sculpture. Exploring themes of history and memory,…

VARIETY’S TEN SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH

Variety has honored “10 Screenwriters to Watch” for more than a decade, spotlighting the brightest and most promising writers of the year. We’re thrilled for the occasion to discuss their work in an intimate setting—a great opportunity…

MIND THE GAP: DIRECTOR’S FORUM

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Telling stories, mining for truths both big and small: With approaches both fictional and non-fictional, these directors all delve into their subjects with impressive creativity and thought. Join us in person for this keystone Mind the Gap…

MIND THE GAP: EVOLUTION OF ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN’S ROLES ON SCREEN

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Our annual roundtable series, Evolution of Roles On Screen for Historically Excluded Communities, began in 2020 with Evolution of Black Women’s Roles Onscreen and continued in 2021 with Evolution of Latina Roles Onscreen. This year’s pre-recorded…

MIND THE GAP: THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY: AN EXPLORATORY FILMMAKING PROCESS

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An exciting conversation with the filmmakers of The Unknown Country, a dazzling, poetic narrative-documentary feature film that demonstrates how cinema can be used as a means to listen, understand, and honor human dignity. The conversation…

BLACK GIRLS FILM CAMP

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Black Girls Film Camp is a nonprofit organization that provides a free, annual, virtual 12-week filmmaking experience for high-school-age Black girls across the country. For the 2022 camp, over 200 applicants pitched a story idea, and ten finalists…