Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Discussion and Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
General admission $20 IDA Members $15
Tickets and more info: http://www.documentary.org/about-us/programs/doc-u-seminar-series
With the growing popularity of documentary film, many have admirably seized on the power of non-fiction storytelling to effect change around social and political issues. But in all the discussion about content and impact, have we forgotten to explore documentary as cinema, as art? In a lively conversation about how they mobilize aesthetic choices to generate meaning, filmmakers discuss stylistic strategies, creative inspirations, story structure, and the tension between form and content.
On Wednesday, April 18 join Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival, as she moderates a discussion with filmmakers whose documentary work not only delivers a powerful message but also storytelling impact through visual imagery. Panelists will include Marina Zenovich (Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired) and other panelists TBA.
Doc U is the International Documentary Association’s series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.
For more information on IDA’s Doc U: documentary.org/doc-u
Special support provided by:
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Thought Equity Motion
Members and Supporters of IDA
Caroline Libresco (Moderator)
Since 2001, Caroline Libresco has been Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where she selects features in all sections, with a special expertise in documentary and international film, and acts as conduit between artists and industry. She spearheaded Sundance’s World Cinema Narrative and Documentary competitions and serves on Sundance’s Women’s Initiative, Creative Producing Initiative, and Film Forward teams. Previously, she was an executive at ITVS (Independent Television Service), the San Francisco Film Festival, and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. She produced the award-winning documentary, SUNSET STORY; the Academy Award-winning featurette, BARRIER DEVICE; associate-produced the HBO documentary CAT DANCERS; and was developing producer on THE GRACE LEE PROJECT. She also co-wrote and produced the independent feature, FANCI’S PERSUASION. She serves as consultant to Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, Hot Docs, and the Zurich Film Festival, on the board of Women Make Movies and the Advisory Council of IFP New York.
Caroline holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. in History of Religion from Harvard, an M.F.A. from UCLA Film School, and teaches documentary at Film Independent in Los Angeles. She has appeared widely on film juries internationally—including the Sarajevo Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Cartagena Film Festival, Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Hot Docs.
In June, 2010, Caroline was named among the Top 10 Most Powerful People in Documentary. (http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/2010/06/doc_soup_the_top_10_most_power.php).
Marina is currently making a follow-up film to her Emmy award winning documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. (Sundance, Cannes Official Selection 2008) Marina’s new film, Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out looks at the latest chapter in the case: the arrest of Roman Polanski in 2009 and the US government’s attempt to extradite him.
Past work includes Who is Bernard Tapie? about the French former politician convicted criminal turned actor Bernard Tapie; Independent’s Day about the struggles ofindependent filmmakers set at the Sundance Film Festival; and Estonia Dreams ofEurovision! about the wacky world of Tallin, Estonia as they prepare to host the Eurovision Song Contest. Other credits include Julian Schnabel in Naples, Robert Wilson: Video Portraits, and David Lynch: The Air is on Fire/Milano for Gallery HD’s series Art in Progress.
Other current directing projects include a documentary film about Richard Pryor and a documentary based on Mark Harris’s book Pictures at a Revolution : Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood.