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Doc U: The Total Picture - Using Graphics To Tell Your Story

International Documentary Association

Monday, August 26, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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International Documentary Association


Doc U

Monday, August 26, 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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Documentary filmmakers are faced with the challenge of presenting large quantities of complex data in a visually interesting way. Graphics and animation can provide an engaging way to achieve this goal. Well conceived graphics not only get your point across in your story, they can also form the foundation of the branded elements for your film.

Whether you're planning a sequence to drive your storyline, creating an infographic to represent the scope of a social issue, or crafting an opening title sequence to draw viewers in and set the tone for your film, utilizing graphics can be an important component in telling your story.

Laura Nix (The Light In Her Eyes, The Yes Men Fix The World) will moderate a discussion with Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish, Jen Chaiken, producer, and Ben Lindemuth-McRobie, Associate Editor, of Inequality for All, and Syd Garon, Title and Graphics Designer, covering important aspects of the graphics workflow, including design, budget, story considerations, and technical requirements.


Laura Nix, Moderator

Laura Nix is a director/producer of the documentary The Light In Her Eyes, which premiered at IDFA and was broadcast on the series POV on PBS. She recently co-wrote the Emmy nominated PBS documentary California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. She produced the festival hit The Yes Men Fix The World and is currently producing the Yes Men's next feature The Yes Men Are Revolting. Her nonfiction work has been shown on HBO, IFC, and the History Channel. She directed the feature documentary for New Line Cinema Whether You Like It Or Not: The Story of Hedwig which played in over a dozen film festivals in the U.S. and worldwide. Nix is the writer/director/producer of the narrative feature The Politics of Fur, which played in over 70 film festivals internationally and won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest.


Gabriela Cowperthwaite - Director, Blackfish

Gabriela has made award-winning films for Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic, and ESPN. Her current film, Blackfish, was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and is currently in theaters. Her work has ranged from war documentaries and a wild west series, to Mexican drug cartels and inner city kids.






Jen Chaiken - Producer, Inequality for All

Jen Chaiken is an Emmy award-winning narrative and documentary producer. Her feature film Afternoon Delight which premiered in competition at Sundance 2013 and won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award, will be in theaters August 30, 2013. The documentary feature Inequality for All with Robert Reich also premiered at Sundance 2013 and is in theaters September 27, 2013. Jen's credits include HBO's My Flesh and Blood (Emmy winner for Best Documentary) and Naked States, Family Name, and Big Eden. Jen is a principal partner of the independent film production company 72 Productions and was named one of Variety's "10 Producers to Watch" in 2012.






Syd Garon - Title and Graphics Designer

Syd Garon graduated from the University of Miami with Film and Psychology degrees in 1991. He worked in various capacities on TV commercials while gradually learning traditional and computer animation. Animation work eventually led to directing live action which led right back to animation. Syd's first film, Wave Twisters premiered at Sundance 2001 and garnered the coveted "Best Midnight Movie" prize at South by Southwest Film Festival. His second feature N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo, co-directed with Sam Spiegle was released in 2011. He currently enjoys creating opening title sequences for feature films.





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: The Total Picture
Using Graphics To Tell Your Story


Monday, August 26, 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, August 26, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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