Veteran Legal Advisor to Filmmakers Leads Keeping It Legal Clinic


by Rachel Baron | January 9th, 2018

Ask any documentary filmmaker about their encounters with legal issues during a project and odds are they’ll have a story to tell. Karen Shatzkin, Esq., has a whole trove. In fact, she’s dedicated the past 30 years to representing narrative fiction and documentary producers. To date, Shatzkin has served as legal advisor to nearly 200 films; most recently on titles including Strong Island, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, and I Am Not Your Negro. (IMDB reveals the impressive list in full.) A graduate of Columbia Law School, Shatzkin got her her start representing legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker in a case against Bob Dylan, the subject of his 1967 documentary Don’t Look Back. This Tuesday 1/16, she leads our upcoming Keeping It Legal clinic.

Karen regularly dispenses her counsel through seminars on legal fundamentals and her own experiences navigating the complex terrain of legal rights. She frequently guest lectures to graduate documentary degree students, and has served on numerous panels on legal topics for both filmmakers and media attorneys.

Take the opportunity to bring all your pressing questions to an industry veteran by joining us and Karen for Keeping It Legal this Tuesday 1/16.