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    2017 Speakeasy Conversations

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    Framing the Conversation

    Friday, April 7 — 9:15 am

    Moderated by Nancy Buirski, By Sidney Lumet, The Loving Story, Full Frame Founder
    Chris Hegedus, Unlocking the Cage,The War Room
    D A Pennebaker, Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop

    As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, Full Frame is pleased to launch “Framing the Conversation”, a new series of discussions in the A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy in which individual filmmakers reflect on their work. In this inaugural year, two of the field’s most renowned filmmakers—Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker—discuss their careers and the documentary filmmaking profession.


    Out of the Echo Chamber
    Friday, April 7 — 12:15 pm

    Moderated by Deirdre Haj, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
    Katy Chevigny, E-Team, Deadline
    Marshall Curry, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Street Fight
    Cynthia Hill, Private Violence, The Guestworker
    Farihah Zaman, Field of Vision

    Since Donald Trump’s stunning win in the 2016 presidential election, many in the documentary field are asking the same question: Are nonfiction filmmakers, and the profession in general, out of touch with a huge swath of fellow Americans, and if so, where do we go from here?


    Advanced Circuitry: 20 Years of Festivals
    Friday, April 7 — 3:15 pm

    Moderated by Julie Goldman, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Weiner
    Amir Bar-Lev, Long Strange Trip, My Kid Could Paint That
    Ryan Harrington, Discovery Communications
    Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts, Cartel Land
    Gary Hustwit, Helvetica, Objectified

    Full Frame is one of the oldest and largest documentary-only festivals in the United States. Back when we started, there were far fewer nonfiction films and distribution streams than there are now, when there are so many of both. Using the festival as a frame, these esteemed documentary professionals look back at the business of utilizing the festival circuit to promote a film, and how it might work best in the future


    Sustainability Now
    Saturday, April 8 — 9:15 am

    Moderated by Claire Aguilar, International Documentary Association
    Justine Nagan, POV
    Gordon Quinn, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
    Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University
    Marco Williams, Two Towns of Jasper

    At their recent “Getting Real” conference, the International Documentary Association began a series of conversations on sustainability for the documentary film field. With the NEA, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS once again on the chopping block for federal funding, how do documentary filmmaking professionals respond?


    #DocsSoWhite 2.0: Representation, Agency, and Authorship in Doc Film
    Saturday, April 8 — 12:15 pm

    Moderated by S. Leo Chiang, Out Run, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
    Patricia Benabe
    ,They Took Them Alive, The Hand That Feeds
    Whitney Dow, Two Towns of Jasper, Whiteness Project
    Yance Ford, Strong Island

    Who gets to tell whose story, and how do we diversify the world of documentary filmmaking? This panel, begun at last year’s festival, spawned several national op-eds and articles as filmmakers wrestled with the ethics of representation, as well as building support for colleagues who have less opportunity than those in the ethnic majority. Full Frame advisory board member Leo Chiang participated in last year’s discussion and moderates this year’s group, as panelists discuss an issue that is not evolving quickly.


    The In-Between
    Saturday, April 8 — 3:15 pm

    Documentary filmmaking often creates a feast-or-famine cycle for makers who continue to produce work over the course of many years. After releasing a film, there’s a period of time in which the filmmakers are on the road across the country and the world to promote their work. The next creative phase involves digging into the often-lonely and highly unglamorous development process of bringing nascent ideas to life as new, full-fledged projects. Per filmmaker request, this open space for conversation is about giving “between-projects” creative life, professional support, and focused creative feedback.


    2016 Speakeasy Conversations

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    Beyond the Choir

    Friday, April 8 – 9:15 am

    Moderated by Molly Thompson, A&E IndieFilms
    Margaret Brown, The Great Invisible
    Maxim Pozdorovkin, Clínica de Migrantes
    Amy Ziering, The Hunting Ground

    How do docs with a message reach the unconverted? Filmmakers discuss targeting their work for audiences with a wide range of views.


    The New Theatrical
    Friday, April 8 – 12:15 pm

    Moderated by Brian Newman, Sub-Genre
    Jake Craven, Gathr Films
    Danielle McCarthy-Boles, Magnolia Pictures
    Merrill Sterritt, Cinereach

    Distributors discuss methods, both new and traditional, to build audiences for documentary films.


    The Glass Ceiling
    Friday, April 8 – 3:15 pm

    Moderated by Deirdre Haj, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
    Rachel Boynton, Our Brand Is Crisis
    Katy Chevigny, Big Mouth Productions
    Carrie Lozano, The Ballad of Fred Hersch

    Filmmakers weigh in on the challenges women face in the documentary industry, from gender bias to funding access.


    Saturday, April 9 – 9:15 am

    Moderated by Ian Robertson Kibbe, Raising Bertie
    S. Leo Chiang, Out Run
    Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
    Sam Pollard, Two Trains Runnin’
    Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated

    Is the documentary field more diverse than Hollywood? Directors address questions of representation and opportunity.


    Perfect and Otherwise
    Saturday, April 9 – 12:15 pm

    Moderated by AJ Schnack, Caucus
    Chris Hegedus, The War Room
    Shola Lynch, Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed
    D A Pennebaker, The War Room
    David Van Taylor, A Perfect Candidate

    In this conversation around the 2016 Thematic Program, filmmakers reflect on the inherent drama of documenting the electoral process. 


    Slippery Truths
    Saturday, April 9 – 3:15 pm

    Directors who blur the lines between art and artifice open up about their approaches and the constructions inherent in documentary work.