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Doc U: Taking Stock - Using Archival Footage to Tell Your Story

International Documentary Association

Monday, July 29, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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International Documentary Association


Doc U

Taking Stock
Using Archival Footage to Tell Your Story

Monday, July 29, 2013 
 Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Reception to Follow

The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Documentaries succeed when viewers feel a connection to their subjects. Archival footage can provide the means to delve deep into the stories and history of a film's characters by bringing the past to life and contextualizing current events. Powerful moments, iconic scenes, and historic figures lend their voice to the message in your film. Whether you're making a historical documentary, referencing a current event, or doing an in-depth profile, archival footage can connect the dots and forge a connection with the viewer.

Moderated by IDA Board Secretary and documentary filmmaker Senain Kheshgi (Project Kashmir, The First Year), our Doc U will take a look at the use of archival footage in American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, examining the importance of archival footage in telling a full and compelling story. Panelists include American Revolutionary director Grace Lee, producer Austin Wilkin and editor Kim Roberts, and Brendon Mulvihill, Director of Sales, T3Media.


Senain Kheshgi, Moderator

Senain Kheshgi is a Pakistani-American filmmaker who has produced, written and directed projects for numerous companies including, CNN, ABC NEWS, PBS, Discovery, as well as the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK. Senain co-produced her first feature documentary, The First Year with Academy Award® winning director, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) which was broadcast on PBS in 2001 and was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. She has also produced and developed projects with Academy Award® winner, Ross Kauffman, Shari Berman and Robert Pulcini (directors of Sundance Award Winner, American Splendor) as well as with Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph and Joseph Fiennes and director of the BBC film, Hoover Street Revival). Senain recently completed Project Kashmir, a feature documentary filmed by Ross Kauffman (Oscar®-winner for Born Into Brothels) in which she and her Indian-American friend (and co-director, Geeta V. Patel) investigate the war in the Kashmir Valley and find their friendship tested over deeply rooted religious and cultural divides. Senain recently received a Sundance development grant to direct a coming of age story about a young girl in Pakistan and she is developing a narrative feature script based on her father's journey from being the most famous television game show host in Pakistan in the 1960's to his life in the American South in the 1980's.


Grace Lee, Producer/Director

Grace Lee is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. Her most recent feature film about the 2012 Presidential campaign, Janeane from Des Moines, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. She also produced and directed The Grace Lee Project, a feature documentary on Asian American identity and stereotypes that was broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies. Grace received her MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School, where her thesis film Barrier Device won a Student Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award. She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant, the PPP Pusan Prize as well as funding from the NEA, Center for Asian American Media, Chicken and Egg Pictures and the Ford Foundation. She is currently producing and directing a documentary for PBS about Asian American food culture.


Kim Roberts, Editor

Kim Roberts is an Emmy winning editor of feature documentaries. Her recent work includes Waiting for Superman (Paramount), Food, Inc. (nominated for a 2010 Oscar), Autism the Musical (HBO), and the upcoming Inequality for All (The Weinstein Company). Kim won an Emmy for Autism the Musical, her third nomination. She was also nominated for an Eddie award for Food, Inc. and Waiting for Superman from the American Cinema Editors. Her other films include: Oscar Nominees and Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winners Daughter from Danang and Long Night's Journey Into Day; Last Call at the Oasis (Participant); Two Days in October (Peabody and Emmy winner ‘06); Made in L.A. (Emmy winner ’09); The Fall of Fujimori (Sundance ‘05); Lost Boys of Sudan (Independent Spirit Award ‘04); Daddy & Papa (Sundance) and A Hard Straight (Grand Prize, SXSW). Kim received her Masters Degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University, where she won a Student Academy Award. She is an active member of the Academy of Cinema Editors (ACE).


Austin Wilkin, Writer/Producer

Austin Wilkin is a Los Angeles based independent producer and writer. In addition to American Revolutionary, he produced Bob and the Monster, about punk rock musician and recovery specialist Bob Forrest, which premiered at SXSW and screened at Hot Docs, Silver Docs, Sheffield and IDFA. He also served as associate producer on the feature-length documentaries Burn (2012 Tribeca Audience Award winner), about Detroit firefighters, and We Live in Public (Sundance 2009 Grand Jury Prize winner) and has worked on productions for networks and companies ranging from CNN, NBC, HBO and THX. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Austin is a graduate of Boston University and currently works as the official archivist for the Marlon Brando estate.


Brendon Mulvihill, Director of Sales, T3Media

As the Director of Sales for T3Media's western region, Brendon is responsible for navigating filmmakers, advertising professionals, and corporate marketers through the licensing of video footage owned by some of the world’s largest media companies. Brendon leads a team of licensing experts in T3Media's Los Angeles office. Prior to joining T3Media, Brendon held sales and business development positions at various digital media companies such as Idealab and LaughStub.





The evening's on-stage conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A, and a reception on the Cinefamily's backyard Spanish patio!

The use of cameras, audio recording devices, and video recording devices is prohibited at Doc U events.

For more information on IDA's Doc U: documentary.org/doc-u


Doc U: Taking Stock
Using Archival Footage to Tell Your Story


Monday, July 29, 2013
Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow


The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036



Meters on Fairfax: 2hr parking until 8pm, free thereafter. Limited parking is available in the lot across Fairfax for $3.00. Non-permitted parking available in neighborhoods behind The Cinefamily.


Doc U is the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.

Special support provided by:

Los Angeles County Arts CommissionHFPAT3Media
IMAX FirstCom Music
Brooks InstituteDepartment of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles


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The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, 90036

Monday, July 29, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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