Documentary in the Age of Information

The workshops and panels for DocShop 2019 will focus on Documentary Filmmaking in the Age of Information. The demand for up-to-the-minute coverage and content on issues and stories around the world has grown exponentially in the last decade. This media phenomenon has created a new and ever more important role for documentary films that provide a deeper dive and more holistic interpretations of complex, modern issues. DocShop 2019 will explore the challenges of contemporary storytelling careers, platforms for reaching audiences amidst fierce competition, the prolific world of online streaming and the ever-merging fields of documentary film and journalism.

Passes: DocShop Passes are $150 and include admission to all sessions and DocShop special events (happy hour, Pitch day party) as well as a 5-punch pass for film screenings. Passes will be available for sale in late November. Single session tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. DocShop is FREE for students from the University of Montana and Montana State University.

Location: To Be Announced. 

 

SCHEDULE

MONDAY - FEB 18

FORM & FUNCTION: STRATEGIES FOR STANDING OUT


Producer's Panel: Teamwork Filmmaking
Agile. Resourceful. Scrappy. Good Cop, Bad Cop. Tax Savvy. These filmmaking teams share how they've combined their talents and knowledge for more efficient filmmaking.

Film Marketing & Publicity in the Age of Information Overload
This workshop, led by Smarthouse Creative's Ryan Davis and Amie Simon, will help demystify the role of the film publicist & digital marketing team, and offer tips, strategies and case studies to help you put your best foot forward, regardless of your budget.

Editing for Impact
The hard work is done, the harder work begins. Now that you have your footage, what will your film become? Hear advice from leading documentary editors on how to get started, find hidden gems, cutting your darlings and embrace the process of editing.

 

TUESDAY - FEB 19

RISK TAKERS & RULE BREAKERS: NAVIGATING RESISTANCE


The Future is Female
While the documentary field has healthy female representation, these filmmakers talk about navigating gender bias and elevating female protagonists and stories.

People First: Protecting Sensitive Subjects
Docs exploring human rights, political or hot button issues often involve subjects vulnerable to retribution or other consequences for sharing their stories. This panel explores the responsibility of the filmmaker, how to approach subjects with care and maintain the integrity of the story.

The Legal Savvy Filmmaker
Have you fact checked, cross checked and double checked all your claims, ownership, character rights and vulnerabilities that might open you to litigation as a filmmaker? Hear some legal advice and case studies from filmmakers who prepared for legal repercussions.

 

WEDNESDAY - FEB 20

DOCUMENTARY AS JOURNALISM


Global Citizen Journalism
As media making tools and outlets help new audiences hear from far corners of the world, a better understanding of the human experience emerges, but only if people are truly at the center of the stories being shared. Hear news organizations whose mission puts people first by employing the storytelling tenants of documentary to elevate the human condition. 

News & Nuance: The Role of Doc Film in Reporting
In an increasingly "connected" world dominated by click bait and viral video, these press giants employ doc film to broaden the online engagement experience for astute web audiences.

Investigative Documentary: A Case Study
Hear from filmmakers who embedded themselves within a story in pursuit of truth.

 

THURSDAY - FEB 21

BIG SKY PITCH & TFI IF/THEN SHORTS PITCH


The Big Sky Pitch and Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then Shorts Pitch are exceptional opportunities for filmmaking teams to "pitch" their documentary work-in-progress to a panel of the top commissioning editors and funders for documentary film. Join us for these exciting events, free and open to the public.

Today's events are located at the University of Montana UC Theater. A shuttle will run between the host hotel and the UM campus every 30 minutes. Click the links below for more information on each event including directions, parking and more. 

9:00am - 2:00pm  |  BIG SKY PITCH

3:00pm - 5:00pm  |  Tribeca Film Institute IF/THEN Shorts Pitch

 

FRIDAY - FEB 22

SWIMMING UPSTREAM: CONTEMPORARY DISTRIBUTION


How I Learned to Stop Praying A24 Would Pick Up My Film and Love Creative Distribution
Crack the code on independent distribution with Impact Producer Mia Bruno.

The Path to Public Broadcasting
Unbiased, nonprofit, and nonpartisan. These public broadcasting organizations have stood the test of time to bring phenomenal films to audiences and classrooms, for free, for generations. 

Distribution Forecast: Is the Golden Age of Doc a Bubble?
Hear from top distributors of documentary film on how companies are responding, and how filmmakers can react, to rapidly changing trends in streaming, acquisitions and funding.


Major funding for DocShop is provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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