DOC NYC‘s popular panel series, Doc-A-Thon has been expanded this year to six full days. In addition to days which focus on a distinct stage of filmmaking, we’ve added themed programming for the first two days. The first of these is geared to first-time filmmakers, with industry professionals offering essential advice and skills. All of the following Day 1 panel sessions take place between 10:30am-5:00pm at the IFC Center on Thursday, November 13:
For the First-time Filmmaker Panel Descriptions
MAPPING OUT YOUR FILM: STORY AND STYLE
It’s important to have a great story to tell, but you also need to know how to make it come to life. Chicken & Egg Pictures Program Manager Iyabo Boyd, along with filmmakers Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert (REMOTE AREA MEDICAL, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR) discuss not only how to find a great story, but how to ensure that your film’s style matches the subject.
FUNDING: BUDGETS, GRANTS AND MORE
Once your story is ready to go, how do you get started? It can be overwhelming to put together a budget, strategize on grants and create a crowdfunding campaign. Experts from Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP provide a road map for getting your film financed.
POST-PRODUCTION: IS IT WORTH IT?
How much post-production can you afford and what is the best use of your time and budget? Ben Murray (UNFINISHED SPACES and Principal of The Room) and Joe Beirne (CTO, Technicolor-PostWorks NY) have worked with esteemed filmmakers including Errol Morris, Martin Scorsese, Alex Gibney, and Eugene Jarecki. Murray and Beirne, along with fellow documentarians, will walk us through scenarios for editorial, color, sound design and final delivery, and also discuss how to turn over new camera formats (4K, RAW) to post efficiently.
DISTRIBUTION AND OUTREACH: NAVIGATING THE WATERS
It’s tough to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of distribution and outreach, but necessary to determine the best route to pursue your particular project. Adam Klaff from VHX, along with filmmaker Merete Mueller (TINY) and others, will share their insight on what you need to plan for as you begin the filmmaking process.
Why You Should Attend:
Doc-A-Thon is intended specifically for documentary filmmakers, so information presented is practical and indepth, from fellow filmmakers and industry professionals who know what they’re talking about. If you’re considering making a documentary, Thursday’s panels are a great place to start.
To purchase tickets, click on the individual panel titles above, and follow links for ticketing; or check out the new options for Passes.