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Monday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Documentary Deities: Dispelling The Director Myth

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Filmmaking is a team effort, and none more so than the documentary. Most documentaries are made by a core team of multiple hat-wearing collaborators all drawn to the medium specifically because it allows for a 'roll up the sleeves,' hands-on approach to craft, strategy and storytelling at the most intimate levels for a long period of time. Despite this reality, and in light of a much more sophisticated, user-driven media landscape, The Director as all-powerful God perpetuates as a convenient myth for traditional and nontraditional press and audiences to buy into - often to the detriment of their own ability to understand (or even create) such works. This panel, hosted by Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker and IDA Board President Eddie Schmidt, and featuring top documentary producers, editors and DP's responsible for Academy and Emmy nominated projects, pulls the curtain away from their renowned projects to reveal the true team efforts that make these films so great and the documentary art so unique. Unlike big-budget Hollywood, no one person's job is to stand around and fetch coffee for the star on a documentary set. This will be a dynamic, possibly even controversial, first-person look into how the nonfiction sausage gets made. However, the goal is not dirty laundry but rather media literacy: to educate an industry and an audience who ought to know better and will benefit from doing so.

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Billy Corben

DirSquare Grouper
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Amanda Micheli

Runaway FilmsAmanda is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and a celebrated cinematographer whose credits include DOUBLE DARE, CAT DANCERS, THIN and LA CORONA.
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Christine O'malley

O’Malley Creadon ProductionsChristine O’Malley (Producer) Christine has been working on documentaries for film and television as a writer and producer for over 10 years. Her first job in this genre was at Van Ness Films where she worked on several episodes of the critically acclaimed... Read More →
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Eddie Schmidt

ProducerIDAAcademy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and Board President of the International Documentary Association (www.documentary.org). Feature credits include THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (SXSW '06), TWIST OF FAITH, CHAIN CAMERA, THE END (SXSW '04) and 2011's TROUBADOURS... Read More →
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Alexis Spraic

Dir/ProducerBlackburn Pictures

Monday March 14, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB

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