• February 23, 2017 @

    For the final IDA Conversation Series 2015 event, we explored the extraordinary work and career of the Academy Award® nominated director Renee Tajima-Peña. Culminating in a discussion of Renee’s devastating new film No Más Bebés (No More Babies), the evening featured a fascinating...

  • February 21, 2017 @

    Our premiere IDA Conversation Series event spotlights the remarkable directing/producing team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. Their most recent documentary feature The Hunting Ground, a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film...

  • January 11, 2017 @

    On this evening, we explore the uniquely imaginative world of filmmaker Brett Morgen, the man the New York Times coined the ‘mad scientist’ of documentary film. With a body of work as varied as it is original, Brett is a visual stylist and sound virtuoso without peer. Utilizing a broad palette...

  • January 11, 2017 @

    One of the most consistently exciting teams in documentary film, Heidi and Rachel have distinguished themselves by tackling difficult subject matter with sensitivity and visual inventiveness. Working in a verite style, Heidi and Rachel use the intensity of the present moment to conjure the...

  • September 26, 2016 @

    For our first IDA Conversation Series event in Chicago, we teamed up with Kartemquin Films to explore of the extraordinary work and career of the Academy Award® nominated director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself). He shares his theme of “Craft” and storytelling techniques...

  • September 16, 2016 @

    Legendary director Werner Herzog is recognized worldwide as one of the most imaginative and adventurous storytellers working in fiction and nonfiction cinema. Over the course of five decades in filmmaking, he has followed his affinity for the absurd, the mystical, and the heroic to some of the...

  • August 19, 2016 @

    In summer 2015, Ondi Timoner joined us for a special evening, exploring the multi-faceted aspects of her career with Film Independent President Josh Welsh. Bestowed with the honor of opening the 2015 SXSW Film Festival with her latest doc, BRAND: A Second Coming, Ondi has put herself in the...

  • June 7, 2016 @

    On this evening, we explore the uniquely imaginative world of filmmaker Brett Morgen, the man the New York Times coined the ‘mad scientist’ of documentary film. With a body of work as varied as it is original, Brett is a visual stylist and sound virtuoso without peer. Utilizing a broad...

  • September 22, 2015 @

    Maverick documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield looks back on his incomparable body of work that spans more than 40 years. IDA Board President Marjan Safinia is your guide for this on-stage interview and clips program that covers such riveting films as: Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial...

  • March 26, 2014 @

    For this special evening, we go in-depth and behind-the-scenes with LA’s own Morgan Neville, director and producer of the Oscar®-winning, box office-smashing 'Twenty Feet from Stardom'. Morgan is joined by another local hero, writer/punk-rock icon/radio DJ/actor Henry...

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