Saturday, May 21st, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Laemmle Monica Film Center
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Map)
A Special Event - Free and Open to the Public.
Join us for an intensive workshop presented by Oscar®-winning filmmakers Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, Anita) and James Moll (The Last Days, Foo Fighters: Back and Forth). Participants will discover and analyze the qualities that make some documentaries stand above the rest. Screening clips from Oscar®-winning documentaries from the last few decades, such as Man on Wire, March of the Penguins, and Searching for Sugar Man, Freida and James will examine key components of the production process and will answer the question: What are the common ingredients in documentaries that win Academy Awards®? This three-hour interactive workshop offers an in-depth analysis of recent Academy Award-winning documentaries to reveal what makes them great. Intended for aspiring and experienced filmmakers, as well as documentary enthusiasts, this workshop will help participants gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the art of documentary.
Freida Mock is a Santa Monica-based Academy® and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, a director, writer and producer of feature length and short form theatrical documentary films. These include the Oscar® winner Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember, SING!, Never Give UP, and To Live or Let Die. She has received numerous best director festival awards, including the Director’s Guild of America nomination for best director.
Mock’s latest feature documentary movie ANITA – Speaking Truth to Power was released to critical acclaim by Samuel Goldwyn Films after its Sundance Festival premiere. Mock’s other recent feature documentary G – DOG launched the most successful gang intervention program in the world, Homeboy Industries. Both G-DOG and ANITA were selected by the U.S. State Department for its American Film Showcase diplomacy initiative to be shown around the world in U.S. embassies with director Mock sent as a ‘citizen envoy’ for special screenings in Indonesia, India and South Korea. She just finished directing and producing The Heroes Project/ Seven Summits, a theatrical feature documentary about 7 young amputee veterans climbing the tallest mountains on 7 continents. Mock was the first Governor elected to the new Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served as Chair, as well as Co-chair of the DGA Documentary Awards selection Committee. Mock graduated from UC Berkeley in history and English and did graduate work in history and law.
James Moll’s career as a documentary filmmaker has earned him an Oscar®, two Emmys and a Grammy. Moll has directed and produced such films as Foo Fighters: Back And Forth about the 16-year career of the rock band Foo Fighters; the sports adventure Running The Sahara, executive produced by Matt Damon; Inheritance, a PBS film about the daughter of a Nazi concentration camp commander; and The Last Days, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Moll established the non-profit USC Shoah Foundation with Steven Spielberg for recording and preserving more than 50,000 ‘visual histories’ of Holocaust survivors.
Moll serves as chair of the Directors Guild of America Documentary Awards, on the Executive Committee of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is co-host of Classic Movie Recall, a recently launched podcast on iTunes about films from the golden age of cinema. Moll’s Universal Studios based company, Allentown Productions (he was born in Allentown, PA), produces programs for television and the web.
Driving and Parking:
Parking is available in City Parking Structure #4, directly across the street from the theatre. If this lot is full, you can park at the next structure one block north on 2nd Street.
The rates are as folows:
- First 90 minutes free
- $1.00 for the next hour
- $1.50 each additional 30 minutes
- $14 maximum daily
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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