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Doc U: The Future of Docs on PBS

International Documentary Association

Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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The International Documentary Association


Doc U

Doc U: The Future of Docs on PBS

THURSDAY MAY 10, 2012 
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow

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

IDA Member: $15  •  IDA Student Member: $5  •  Non-Member: $20

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PBS has long been an important outlet for independent documentary programming. Through POV and Independent Lens, millions of households gain free access to documentary programming addressing the most important issues of our time.

But the landscape is changing for these programs. PBS announced a change in schedule for Independent Lens and POV, resulting in less favorable and inconsistent time slots. The documentary community responded with the public advocacy campaign PBS Needs Indies, and it received such support from independent producers that PBS announced it would reconsider the schedule move for both series. A steering committee has been formed to chart the next steps in preserving the visibility and accessibility of POV and Independent Lens.

With these shifting realities, as well as significant cuts in funding to PBS' nonfiction programming from the National Endowment for the Arts, what does the future hold for independent documentary films and public broadcasting? What can you do to impact the decisions and changes being made right now?

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, IDA invites you to join Simon Kilmurry, Executive Producer of American Documentary | POV; Lyn Goldfarb, award-winning documentary director and producer; Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films; Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions at PBS SoCaL; and Lois Vossen, founding and Senior Series Producer of Independent Lens, to discuss these issues and participate in the discussion of the changing outlook, and opportunities for growth in independent documentary programming at PBS.

Want to be up-to-date on the history of PBS and how that lead to where it is today? Check out Documentary magazine's 1988 Special Issue: PBS on Trail.

Simon Kilmurry

Simon KilmurrySimon Kilmurry joined American Documentary | POV in 1999 and was appointed executive director in 2006. He oversees all aspects of American Documentary’s programs and operations, and serves as executive producer of POV. Since 2006, POV has been honored with a Special Industry Emmy, a Primetime Emmy, 8 News and Documentary Emmys, 4 Oscar nominations, 4 Peabody Awards, 2 Columbia DuPont Awards, and a Webby Award.

Kilmurry has been involved in over 200 POV films, and has helped lead new initiatives to increase POV’s reach, diversity and impact. He attended the University of Edinburgh and Columbia University Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.

Gordon Quinn
Gordon QuinnArtistic Director and founder of Kartemquin, a MacArthur award recipient, Gordon has been making documentaries for over 45 years, including Golub; The New Americans; and Stevie. Gordon executive produced Hoop Dreams , Milking The Rhino, and The Interrupters. He recently directed A Good Man about dancer Bill T. Jones for American Masters. Gordon has served on the boards of several organizations including The Illinois Humanities Council, and Chicago Cable Access. He advocated for the creation of ITVS, and the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and speaks on issues of concern to independent documentarians.

Brenda Brkusic
Brenda BrkusicBRENDA BRKUSIC is the Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBS SoCal. She joined PBS SoCal (then KOCE) in 2006 as a producer for their Emmy Award-winning nightly news program and went on to spearhead PBS SoCal's digital OC Channel (PBS OC), which has been called "the next generation of PBS" by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Brenda is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and has produced numerous documentaries for PBS. She is also the founder and President of Istina Productions. Recently she was featured as a "Top Business Executive under 40 Years Old" and a "Woman to Watch" in OC Metro Business Magazine.

Lyn Goldfarb
Gordon QuinnLyn Goldfarb is an Academy-Award nominated filmmaker, specializing in historical and social issue documentaries broadcast on the national, primetime PBS schedule. She is currently the director and producer of Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race.

She is the Executive Producer of California and the American Dream series, Producer, Director and Writer of Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire series, and Producer and Director of The Roman Empire in the First Century series. She is the Producer, Director and Writer for documentaries in the PBS series: The Great War, The Great Depression, and People in Motion. She is the director and producer of The New Los Angeles, and is the historian and a producer of With Babies and Banners.

She has also produced short documentaries for a variety of clients, including: the Guadalajara International Book Fair, J. Paul Getty Museum, Stanford University and the American Association of Museums.


Lois Vossen
Lois VossenLois Vossen is the founding and Senior Series Producer of Independent Lens. She is responsible for the curation of the series and works with filmmakers on content, editorial, length, and related broadcast issues. Vossen negotiates contracts, selects the Independent Lens hosts, co-writes the host scripts, produces the host shoot, and works with the communications team to develop the publicity, outreach, social media, online marketing campaigns for the series and individual programs. Previously, Vossen was Associate Managing Director of the Sundance Institute, Manager of Sundance Labs, and programmed Sundance Cinematheque. She has served on the jury at SXSW, DOCNZ, Toronto International Film Festival, among others.




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

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





Doc U: The Future of Docs on PBS


Thursday, May 10, 2012
Doors Open: 7:00pm
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. Parking in the lot across Fairfax is $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 Commission HFPA T3Media
IMAXAXIS PROIndie Printing


Members and Supporters of IDA
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When & Where

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

Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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Founded in 1982, the International Documentary Association (IDA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is dedicated to increasing public awareness for the documentary genre. Our major program areas are: Advocacy, Filmmaker Services, Education, and Public Programs and Events.

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