ShortsLab LA 2012, photo by Jonathan Leibson
ShortsLab L.A. (Documentary) offers filmmakers the opportunity to participate in an intensive one-day seminar of screenings and discussions with firsthand insight and access into the world of short-form documentary story development, production and exhibition. Seasoned filmmakers will speak onstage about the art of storytelling and how to use style in a non-fiction format, the art of going between features and shorts, and what to expect from the film festival world as a form of exhibition. As part of the moderated discussion, each panel will devote half its time to QnA from the attendees.
- Rodney Ascher is the director/editor of the film Room 237 (2012), a documentary exploring the signs, symbols, meanings, and metaphors five very different people have discovered within Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. He is the winner of the 2012 Fantastic Fest Award for Best Director, Documentary and the 2012 IDA Creative Achievement Award for Best Editing. He is currently working on the documentary The Night-mare and a chapter of the second installment of the anthology film The ABCs of Death. Previous work includes numerous independent shorts, including the infamous The S from Hell (2010), as well as TV commercials, internet quickies, and music videos.
- Kirby Dick is an Academy- and Emmy Award-nominated documentary director. His most recent film, The Invisible War (2012), a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film helped influence Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to announce some important policy changes. His past films include Outrage (2009), This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006), Twist of Faith (2004, Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature), Derrida (2002) and the internationally acclaimed Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Acclaimed documentary photographer/filmmaker Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism, as a result of her monographs “Girl Culture,” “Fast Forward,” “THIN” and other photographic works, which have been widely published, exhibited, and collected by leading museums around the world. Her latest feature-length documentary film, The Queen of Versailles (2012), won the Best Director Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance. Lauren previously directed three award-winning documentary films – THIN (2006), kids + money (2008, short) and Beauty CULTure (2012, short). Greenfield has been named one of the 25 most influential photographers working today by American Photo.
- Lucy Walker is a British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Her films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010, Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance), Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil's Playground (2002) and short films, notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011, Winner of the Short Film Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance) and The Lion's Mouth Opens (2014). Her films have also been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award and a Gotham Award and have won over eighty other film awards.
- Tabitha Jackson was appointed Director of the Documentary Film Program (DFP) at the Sundance Institute in late 2013. The DFP is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries that tell compelling stories, push the boundaries of the form, or address contemporary issues including social justice and human rights. In supporting such work, the DFP encourages the diverse exchange of ideas by artists as a critical pathway to developing an open society. Recent films supported by the DFP include The Square, The Genius of Marian, and The Invisible War.
With over 20 years experience in the field, Jackson most recently served as Commissioning Editor for Arts, at the UK's Channel 4 Television, where she supported and championed the alternative voice, and sought to find fresh ways of storytelling. Commissions included: Mark Cousins' 15 part odyssey "The Story of Film", Clio Barnard's formally innovative verbatim cinema doc The Arbor, Bart Layton's documentary thriller The Imposter, and most recently, the Sundance award-winning Nick Cave film, 20,000 Days on Earth.
Prior to joining Channel 4, Jackson made films in both the UK and US about identity, history, and social justice. Awards for her work include a News and Documentary Emmy for Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and the Royal Television Society Award and UNESCO Gold Award for Motherland – A Genetic Journey.
- Brent Hoff is a writer, filmmaker, and co-founder of Wholphin DVD where he films drunk bees, crying competitions, and illegal trans-border volleyball matches. Before that he authored a book on pandemic disease transmission, made TV at The Daily Show, and wrote articles about squid. His feature script "El Diablo Rojo" was awarded a Tribeca Sloan grant as well as the 2011 FIND film grant. Filmmaker Magazine named him one of 2012's "25 New Faces of independent Film." His interactive art project is currently filming the world's first documentary shot and directed entirely by robots. His script on the last days of Old Dirty Bastard is in pre-production.
And various film programmers from the Sundance Film Festival.