Making It Making Short Docs

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30

presented by DCTV and IFP

Everyone knows that good things come in small packages, but when it comes to small (or short) docs, the film world's still waiting to be convinced.

DCTV and IFP are excited to present this panel discussion on how to navigate being a documentary filmmaker working in short form content. Making It Making Short Docs will explore the ins and outs of the festival circuit, various online platforms (such as Vimeo and NY Times Op-Docs), as well as what documentary shorts can lead to, including features and future work. Is it possible to sustain a career making short docs? Let's find out together!


Elizabeth Lo's short films have been showcased at True/False, SFIFF, Hot Docs, and DOK Leipzig. Hotel 22 premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was featured as a New York Times Op-Doc. She was nominated for an IDA Documentary Award, is a recipient of the Telluride Student Symposium Fellowship, and is an M.F.A. candidate in the Stanford University Documentary Film program.

Brian Bolster's short documentaries have screened at Sundance, Slamdance, CIFF, Outfest and Traverse City Film Festival among others. The Lookout won the Big Sky Award at the 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and One Year Lease won Best Documentary Short at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was a Cinema Eye Honors 2015 nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.

Sharon Shattuck's short video and animation work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS, Slate, ProPublica, and Radiolab. She's the co-creator of the New York Times Op-Docs series Animated Life. From This Day Forward is Sharon’s feature-length directorial debut, which grew out of a short she made for NYT Op-Docs, called Name Change. She has degrees in environmental science and journalism.

Andrew Hinton is a self-shooting documentary maker whose film Amar (all great achievements require time) won the 2012 Vimeo Documentary Award. Tashi and the Monk picked up both the Pare Lorentz Award and the Best Short Award at the 2014 IDA Awards, is currently in festivals, and will soon be released on DVD.

Moderated by Dara Messinger.


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Founded in 1972, DCTV is an established media arts resource for NYC’s independent filmmaking community, providing affordable workshops, production equipment rentals, post-production facilities, a signature screening series, renowned youth programming, and more – all under the same roof as its award-winning documentary production house. DCTV is also the soon-to-be home of the first US documentary-only cinema! DCTV Presents is DCTV's signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community. From screening films by emerging artists to hosting master classes led by renowned groundbreakers in the industry, each event offers the public a unique and inclusive opportunity to share, support and embrace truly independent art.

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