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Saturday, March 12 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Makers of Geek Documentaries: A Nerd’s Life

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Nerd subcultures are becoming a popular subject for documentaries: they’re filled with fascinating characters, surprising behaviors and worlds that make the mundane seem exotic. And yet we all have that inner geek that can relate on some level. Documentary filmmakers tend to choose subjects because they’re fond of them. Sometimes though, in an attempt to make the films more accessible to a general audience, there’s a temptation to mock that which is unfamiliar and strange. What is the filmmaker’s responsibility to the people who have consented to allow us to explore and expose every aspect of their life, work, or play? And do they also have a responsibility not to make their films a “love letter” to the subjects? A panel of filmmakers who have focused their work on geeky subcultures will discuss the challenges and rewards of making documentaries about the untold triumphs of geekdom. They’ll discuss how they approached the material, the people, and the choices they made. And maybe we’ll even have a special guest or two.

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Negin Farsad

Dir/PrincipalVaguely Qualified ProductionsNegin Farsad has written for and appeared on various shows on Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, and IFC, among others. She is also director/producer of current feature film release Nerdcore Rising (New Video Distribution). As a standup comic she has... Read More →
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Jeanie Finlay

The Great Hip Hop HoaxJeanie Finlay is a British artist and filmmaker who is obsessed with telling other people’s stories.
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Rachel Lovinger

Assoc Content Strategy DirRazorfishRachel Lovinger is an Associate Content Strategy Director at Razorfish, where one of her extracurricular activities is to program a monthly film screening series. She shows documentaries about creativity and passion, and the sometimes wonderful... Read More →
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Jason Scott

Adjunct ArchivistInternet ArchiveComputer Historian, Documentary Filmmaker, Archivist, Preservation Activist, Man about Town, Rascal.

Saturday March 12, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Austin Convention Center, Room 15

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