December 20, 2019 @

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai-Vasarhelyi are widely known as the filmmakers behind the Academy Award-winning Free Solo (2018), a gripping film that follows Alex Honnold as he becomes the first free solo rock climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The pair’s combined...

December 18, 2019 @

Since winning the IDA Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award in 2016 for her debut documentary feature, Hooligan Sparrow, Chinese independent filmmaker Nanfu Wang's filmmaking has only continued to shed more light on the Chinese government, policy and societal norms and their effect on...

September 20, 2019 @

In this IDA Conversation Series, we highlight and explore the extraordinary career of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and producer Susan Lacy. Hear how her passion for American cultural history led to the creation of PBS series American Masters and her more recent journeys in telling the stories of...

February 15, 2019 @

Eugene Jarecki is an award-winning documentary director and producer whose films investigate American politics and its power structures. His 2002 film, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, based on a book by Christopher Hitchens, that illustrates former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a...

October 9, 2018 @

In addition to being a pioneer of New German Cinema and an accomplished photographer, playwright, and author, Wim Wenders has directed some of the most pivotal artist profile documentaries of our time. Buena Vista Social Club helped resurrect the careers of Cuban musicians nearly lost to the...

January 11, 2018 @

A philosopher, a detective, an ethicist, and a bit of a magician, Errol Morris is one of the most adventurous storytellers working in nonfiction cinema. His unforgettable, highly stylized films are driven as much by Morris’s own quirky passions as by the sweeping currents of American history. He...

August 16, 2017 @

2015's IDA Conversation Series event spotlighted the exceptional films and remarkable career of Davis Guggenheim, director of the Academy Award® winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, one of the most influential films of our time. Series host/interviewer Ben Mankiewicz and Davis...

July 27, 2017 @

Rory Kennedy is one of the preeminent documentary filmmakers of our time, and shows a selection of riveting clips from her extraordinary career. Through an exceptional body of work, Rory has shed light on some of the world’s most pressing issues and focused her lens on a range of compelling and...

July 25, 2017 @

In this special edition of the IDA Conversation Series, co-presented with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, we traversed the unwavering career of the legendary HBO Executive Producer Sheila Nevins.

As one of the most influential figures in the history of documentary filmmaking, Sheila...

June 23, 2017 @

Bursting on to the documentary scene in 2010 with the exceptional short Music by Prudence, Roger became the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Roger’s second feature, the shocking God Loves Uganda, which tackled the complex and troubling role of the...

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