Throughout these retreat sessions, each filmmaker works on their “elevator pitch,” hones their filmmaking skills, learns about fundraising and the state of the documentary marketplace, and more.
The 2016 selected projects focused on creative, cinematic, and character-driven documentaries that cover a variety of thought-provoking themes around American culture and social issues. The diverse slate of films captured economic, social, and cultural shifts taking place in society today. The 2016 industry mentors and experts include Josh Braun, Co-President of Submarine (Tickled, Zero Days, The Wolfpack,Tangerine, Batkid Begins, etc.); Marshall Curry, two-time Academy Award®-nominated documentary director, cinematographer, and editor (If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front,Mistaken For Strangers, etc.); Hobby, also an Academy Award®-nominated producer (And Everything Is Going Fine, Shepard & Dark, Secretary, Love, Marilyn, What Happened, Miss Simone?); Andrea Meditch, Founding Director of Back Allie Entertainment (Dangerous Acts, BUCK, Man on Wire, Encounters at the End of the World); Courtney Sexton, Vice President of content development and acquisitions for CNN Films; and Enat Sidi, leading documentary film editor (The Boys of Baraka, Jesus Camp, 12th & Delaware, DETROPIA).