Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/14/2018, 12PM
For filmmakers, working in the documentary form has always been a world apart from that of working in the narrative/scripted form. The objectives were different, the approach and style were different, the funding sources were different. But are they still? Today more and more documentary filmmakers venture into the narrative form with diverse levels of success. What does it take to create outstanding and successful works in both forms? Join two award-winning filmmakers as they share their cross-over experiences.
Roger Ross Williams is the first African American director to win an Academy Award with his short film Music By Prudence. Williams has directed a wide variety of acclaimed films including God Loves Uganda, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award, and Life, Animated, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017. Williams is on the Board of Governors for the Academy of of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, representing the Documentary branch, as well as being on the Diversity Committee for the Academy. He serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute, the Advisory Board of Full Frame Festival and the Board of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Williams has been named by Variety to the New York Power List as a "digitally savvy, entrepreneurial trailblazer'' in the entertainment industry and serves on the board of Docubox Kenya, a documentary fund and mentorship program based in Nairobi that supports African filmmakers. He also serves on the Board of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art.
Matthew Heineman is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has twice won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Directors Guild of America, one of only three directors to win the prestigious honor twice. His two DGA wins, City Of Ghosts and Cartel Land, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association. City Of Ghosts was nominated for a BAFTA Award, PGA Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. Cartel Land was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, won three Primetime Emmy Awards and the George Polk Award in Journalism. At Sundance, Heineman won the Best Director Award and Special Jury Prize for Cinematography.
Heineman recently directed and executive produced The Trade, a docu-series that also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Previously, Heineman co-directed and produced the Emmy-nominated documentary Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare. A Private War is Heineman's debut fiction film.
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