The three day forum took place from September 17th to 20th in the scenic midcoast Maine towns of Camden, Rockport and Rockland. The forum featured masterclasses with noted documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney,whose intriguing documentary about Scientology “Going Clear” screened at the CIFF and David Teague, editor of “Cutie and the Boxer,” a documentary about two long married Japanese artists and their personal and artistic dilemmas.
Seminars and workshops also included crowdfunding expert and CEO of the crowdfunding and distribution platform “Seed and Spark, Emily Best; Vimeo Audience Development Expert Sam Morill and Christopher Allen of Union Docs, who discussed “Living Los Sures,” a multimedia project produced by 72 artists over the course of five years.
New this year was a special presentation of journalistic style documentary shorts from across the globe, “The New News: Documentary Journalism Showcase.” The screenings were followed by a panel discussion about the role of documentaries in news organizations with representatives of The New York Times Op Ed Docs; The Guardian and Frontline, moderated by Lauren Pabst of the Mac Arthur Foundation.
– Marilyn Pennell