Independent Filmmakers and Public Media—Telling America's Stories

Saturday, January 21, 4:30–6:00 p.m.

Filmmaker Lodge

550 Main St.

We are living in an era where the U.S has never seemed more divided—ideologically, socioeconomically, and politically. In this panel discussion, top documentary filmmakers will discuss how this moment provides an opportunity for the independent filmmaking community and public media to create and distribute work that helps foster understanding, with storytelling that gives voice to underrepresented communities and sheds light on issues lacking awareness. Presented by PBS and WNET New York

Cara Mertes, Director, JustFilms | Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation

Yance Ford – Director, "Strong Island" (2017 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Film Competition)
Barak Goodman – Director, "Oklahoma City" (2017 Sundance Film FestivalPremiere)
Pete Nicks – Director, "The Force" (2017 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Film Competition)
Jeffrey Palmer – Director, "Words From a Bear: The Enigmatic Life of M. Scott Momaday" Cyndee Readdean – Producer, "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities" (2017 Sundance Film Festival Premiere)

Panels are open to all Festival credential holders on a space-available basis.


Yance Ford
Barak Goodman
Jeffrey Palmer
Cyndee Readdean
Cara Mertes
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