Nonfiction filmmaking has truly revolutionized itself in recent years through its visual language as it brings audiences stories which often seem too bizarre to be true. Leading documentary filmmakers expose how they choose their subjects and capture real life in new and innovative ways to shape the final story. Panelists include Bobby Fischer Against the World director Liz Garbus, Big Men Director Rachel Boynton, and God Loves Uganda director Roger Ross Williams. Moderated by film critic Eric Hynes.
Rachel is an award winning producer and director. She produced and directed the feature-length documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, filming for three years on two continents. Winner of the International Documentary Association’s Best Feature Documentary Award and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, it screened at multiple festivals worldwide, aired internationally on the BBC, HBO Latin America, ARTE, VPRO, and the CBC among others, and was televised in the United States on The Sundance Channel. Currently George Clooney’s company, Smokehouse, plans to remake Our Brand Is Crisis as a fiction feature. Most recently, Rachel produced and directed the feature documentary Big Men (TIFF 2013), which was theatrically released in the US in 2014, broadcasted in numerous countries worldwide and aired on POV in the United States.
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer/director Liz Garbus is one of America’s prominent documentary filmmakers. Her first film, The Farm: Angola, USA, won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1998 and was nominated for an Oscar in 1999. After The Farm’s success, Garbus co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films with producer/director Rory Kennedy. Recent films include the Emmy-nominated Bobby Fischer Against the World, Love, Marilyn, and several HBO docs, including The Nazi Officer’s Wife, There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane, and A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY. Her latest film, What Happened, Miss Simone, released by Netflix, opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Roger Ross Williams
Roger Ross Williams won the 2010 Academy Award for his documentary short Music by Prudence. God Loves Uganda, his latest feature film premiered at Sundance and was short-listed for a 2014 Academy Award®. His latest projects include a feature documentary based on Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Suskind’s latest book Life Animated, a film for CNN Films, and a narrative feature.
Eric Hynes is a New York based film critic and reporter whose outlets include The New York Times, TimeOut New York, Rolling Stone.com, Film Comment, Slate, the Village Voice, Cinema Scope, and Indiewire. A longtime staff writer for the online film journal Reverse Shot, Eric also hosts the Reverse Shot Talkies video series. In 2013, he was the first writer-in-residence for Columbia, Missouri’s RagTag Cinema and the True/False Film Festival, authoring a monograph about creative nonfiction films from 1960s New York.