Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Filmmaker Lodge, Elks Building 550 Main St., Second Floor, Park City #DocTruths
Documentary film is commonly discussed in the context of investigative journalism – uncovering information, exposing injustice and corruption, and reinforcing public accountability. But what compels filmmakers to bring certain stories to light? How do they balance journalistic rigor with artful storytelling? What room is left for ambiguity, for advocacy? What legal protections are they afforded? Join Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Taxi to the Dark Side), Laura Poitras (Citizenfour, The Oath), and Marc Silver (3 ½ MINUTES, Who is Dayani Cristal?), moderated by Bonni Cohen (3 ½ MINUTES).
Alex Gibney has been called one of the preeminent filmmakers in America. His extensive body of work includes the Academy Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side and Academy Award-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. His 2013 film for HBO, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, won three Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and artist. Her films have premiered at festivals worldwide and, along with her journalism, have received multiple honors including a Peabody Award, as well as Academy Award® and Emmy nominations. Her latest film, CITIZENFOUR (2014), is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Marc Silver is a documentary filmmaker based in London. His first feature-length film, Who is Dayani Cristal?, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Cinematography Award for World Cinema (Documentary) and opened theatrically in April 2014. Silver's rich portfolio includes documentaries, concert visuals, art installations, and branding. He has created content for the BBC, Channel 4, Universal Music, Sony, The Guardian, The New York Times, Amnesty International, and The Global Fund.
Bonni Cohen founded Actual Films in San Francisco with Jon Shenk . In 2011, Bonni produced The Island President, which won the Audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the IDA’s Pare Lorentz award. It was released theatrically by Goldwyn Films and was featured on PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’. Bonni was nominated for outstanding producer by the PGA that year. She is an executive producer of 3.5 Minutes, which is having its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Bonni co-founded the Catapult Film Fund with Lisa Chanoff. This year, Bonni executive produced Art and Craft which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was recently short-listed for the Oscars. Bonni has been an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate Program in Documentary film at the Journalism School.