We read so many memoirs in print, but what about memoirs in film format? What is it that differentiates a film as a memoir, and what is it in its craftsmanship, thought process and production that turns it into a unique work of art? The Film as Memoir panel is comprised of some of the most influential and talented filmmakers who specialize in films in the first person and have taken the concept to its highest level. Find out what motivates them, what it takes to make an impactful and successful memoir film, and how their cohorts feel about being on screen and exposed.
Alan Berliner's uncanny ability to combine experimental cinema, artistic purpose and popular appeal in compelling film essays has made him one of America's most acclaimed independent filmmakers. The New York Times has described Berliner's work as "powerful, compelling and bittersweet... full of juicy conflict and contradiction, innovative in their cinematic technique, unpredictable in their structures... Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life." Berliner's films are part of the core curriculum for documentary filmmaking and film history classes and are in the permanent collections of many colleges and museums.
Doug Block is an internationally acclaimed documentary director, producer and cameraman. His credits as director/producer include: 112 Weddings, The Kids Grow Up, 51 Birch Street, Home Page, and The Heck With Hollywood! Producing credits include Silverlake Life, Jupiter's Wife, Paternal Instinct, A Walk Into the Sea, The Edge of Dreaming, and Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. Block is also the founder and co-host of The D-Word (www.d-word.com
), the leading online community and discussion forum for documentary professionals worldwide.
Gayle Kirschenbaum is an Emmy-winning filmmaker/TV producer/blogger, and personality. Called "the Nora Ephron of documentaries," Gayle has turned the camera on herself in her recent feature documentary. Look At Us Now, Mother! is about the transformation of a highly charged mother/daughter relationship from Mommie Dearest to Dear Mom. This is the "larger version" of her short film, My Nose, in which we follow her mother's relentless campaign to get her to have a nose job. Prior Kirschenbaum made A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary, about the human/canine bond.
Simon Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA), where he oversees all IDA programs and operations, including filmmaker services, educational programs, the IDA Awards, and advocacy. Prior to IDA, he served for nine years as executive producer of POV, the PBS documentary series where he received 13 Emmy Awards, more than 60 Emmy nominations, five Peabody Awards, and four Du Pont Columbia Awards. He also served as chief executive of American Documentary (AmDoc). Prior he was AmDoc's chief operating officer from 1999-2006.
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