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PaleyDocFest 2012 Schedule and Highlights

By StudentFilmmakers.com
posted Oct 5, 2012, 13:30

Artists Creating Interactive Democracy
Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30pm
Let Fury Have the Hour

Uniting fifty writers, painters, poets, musicians, activists, and skateboarders, Antonio D'Ambrosio provides a visionary blueprint for a participatory society where politics can be transformed by a "creative response." The film features instructive comments from such artists as Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Chuck D, and Billy Bragg. After the screening, panelists will consider the film's message in light of the upcoming presidential election and discuss concrete ways to create an interactive democracy.
Q&A: Antonino D'Ambrosio, Filmmaker; Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave; Cofounder, Axis of Justice; DJ Spooky; Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, The Tribeca Film Festival; Jack Healey, Former Director of Amnesty International USA; John Sayles, Director, Screenwriter, and Author

Intellectual Insults: When TV political
Debate Turned Ugly
Thursday, October 11 at 6:30pm
Vidal v. Buckley; Work-in-Progress and Discussion; Co presented with the Hamptons International Film Festival

Acerbic intellectual heavyweights Gore Vidal and William S. Buckley sparred brilliantly with each other as network commentators during the 1968 conventions. With insults and shocking name-calling, the progressive Vidal and conservative Buckley debated as if the country's future depended on their words. Distinguished filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon will discuss how these verbal battles are the subject of their next documentary and show excerpts from their work-in-progress, including the legendary debates.
Q&A: Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, Filmmakers ; Sam TanenhausThe New York Times; Fred Kaplan, Author, Gore Vidal: A Biography

The Making of the Political Mind: 3 Guys Want to be President
Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30pm
Follow the Leader
This coming-of-age documentary is an engrossing study of how we form our political opinions. Following three high school class presidents who eventually want to run the country, filmmaker Jonathan Goodman Levitt shows how reality begins to intrude on initial adolescent assumptions. Levitt will screen his film using his Reality Check Interactive, allowing audience members to respond in real time to the characters and their beliefs. This participation offers a unique experience in how we respond ideologically to what we are watching.
Q&A: Filmmaker Jonathan Goodman Levitt

Followed by:
Viewing Party for the Presidential Debate Live from Hofstra University
Pre-debate Reception 8:30 to 9:00 pm
Television debate begins at 9:00 pm

Presidential debates should be experienced as a community because what is discussed affects us all. The Paley Center is happy to be a place for New Yorkers to gather and watch this important part of the political process. You will also be able to respond to the points in the debate in real time with Reality Check Interactive.

Meet the Video Rebels Who Helped Change the Doc Form
Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30
40th Anniversary of TVTV
Premiere Screening and Reunion

Forty years ago, the video collective TVTV (short for Top Value Television) began to shoot free-form nonfiction TV with just-invented portable video equipment. Their classic coverage of political conventions, pop gurus, and sixties icons remains fresh and startling today. TVTV principal Paul Goldsmith's new doc follows the group from inception in 1972 until its lamented breakup in 1977. After the screening, reunited members will talk about how they helped to pave the way for a new type of documentary.
Q&A:  Paul Goldsmith, Filmmaker; TVTV members Megan Williams, Michael Shamberg, Tom Weinberg, Allen Rucker, Wendy Apple, Skip Blumberg, Hudson Marquez (via Skype)

The Filmmakers: How Do They Cover Politics?
Thursday, October 18 at 6:30pm
Documenting Power: 25 Years of Political Films on POV

For twenty-five years POV has helped the public stay informed by dissecting political issues and illuminating the electoral process. This evening brings together filmmakers whose works have challenged our conceptions of politics as usual. Each filmmaker will screen highlights of his or her work and together they will discuss how you cover the political system, as well as obtain access to the private secrets of government.
Q&A: Marshall Curry (Street Fight and If a Tree Falls); Laura Poitras (The Oath and My Country, My Country); Shola Lynch (Chisolm '72: Unbought & Unbossed); Marco Williams (The Undocumented and Banished); Moderator: Caryn James, Film and TV Critic, Indiewire

A Real Political Maverick: Campaigning Differently
Friday, October 19 at 6:30pm
Ann Richards' Texas

An inspiring portrait of the late Governor Ann Richards who took on the special interests and corporate power of Texas. Richards embodied a new progressive Texas, but was defeated in her reelection bid by the young and inexperienced George W. Bush, whom she called "Shrub." Any young politician who wants to do things differently should study this engaging documentary of Richards, which received a writing prize at the SilverDocs Festival.
Q&A: Filmmaker Keith Patterson; Marie Wilson, Founder of The White House Project; Cathy Bonner, Ann Richards's Commerce Commissioner; Liz Smith, Columnist & Cofounder, wowOwow.com

Saturday, October 20 at 2:00pm
The Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop

Watch emerging filmmakers pitch their docs-in-progress to a panel of experts to win a $5,000 grant for their film.  Past winners of this contest, now in its ninth year, include the acclaimed films Circo, Charge, and Whatever It Takes.

Panel:  Diana Holtzberg, Acquisitions & Project Development Director, USA, Films Transit International; Lauren Lazin, Filmmaker and Executive Producer, MTV; Molly Thompson, Vice President, A&E IndieFilms; Susan Werbe, Executive Producer, Programming, History; Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, POV

Resources: www.paleycenter.org/paleydocfest2012


Come and Join us with Peter Stein, ASC, in Manhattan, New York City!
Location: StudentFilmmakers Workshop Studio on Broadway & 25th, New York.
Workshop: "Documentary, Interviews and Hand-Held Shooting with Peter Stein, ASC"
Date/Time: Saturday, October 13, 1pm-5pm. Register now to reserve your seat >>
Register Today - Documentary, Interviews and Hand-Held Shooting with Peter Stein, ASC

 



 

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