• Group photo (from left to right) of Cheryl Green, unidentified conference participant, Jason DaSilva, Lawrence Carter-Long, Day Al-Mohamed and Jim LeBrecht.
    April 15, 2019 @

    The word access has a unique resonance for nonfiction filmmakers – when applied to disability it gains even greater significance. Access to resources is needed to make a film. Access is also required to observe and document a subject. When referring to disability, access is also necessary to...

  • James Wheaton and Simon Kilmurry are sitting across the table from Marco Williams and Katie Townsend.
    April 1, 2019 @

    Accuracy, facts and fairness are hallmarks of nonfiction storytelling and sacrosanct in journalism. Documentary filmmakers are obliged to follow local, state and federal laws and may be subject to legal complaints and lawsuits. In the early civil discovery process, depositions are held out-of-...

  • February 1, 2019 @

    Chi-hui Yang is program officer at Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative. In this Getting Real keynote, Yang addresses what it means to him to be a funder of social justice documentary filmmaking at Ford Foundation.

  • February 1, 2019 @

    Molly Thompson is Senior Vice President of Feature Films at A&E Networks. In 2005 she launched the network’s feature documentary arm, A&E IndieFilms. In this keynote, Thompson addresses "What is a documentary filmmaker?"

  • February 1, 2019 @

    Orwa Nyrabia is the artistic director of International Documentary Filmmaker Amsterdam (IDFA). He was born in Syria, where, in 2002, with his partner, Diana el Jeiroudi, he launched the first independent documentary production company in the country. They later founded DOX BOX, the leading...

  • February 1, 2019 @

    Michèle Stephenson is co-founding member of the Rada Film Group. Her work draws from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and international experience as a human rights attorney to tell compelling, deeply personal stories in a variety of media that are created by, for and about communities of color...

  • January 31, 2019
    Editor’s Note: Chi-hui Yang is program officer at Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative . What follows is an edited version of his keynote address