The 2013 San Francisco Documentary Summit

July 20-21, 2013

The Documentary Summit returns to the Bay Area for another fun and information packed weekend. This time around, we turn our attention to something near and dear to the doc filmmakers' heart: advocacy. Docs have the power to move people to act politically, for social change or to just support an important or worthy cause. And with the new digital means of distribution and connectivity, it's now possible to engage a large audience very quickly and inexpensively using tech. 


So this year will look at advocacy documentary filmmaking (as well as our tried and true views into general documentary filmmaking) and the technology available to you to have the impact of your film last beyond its running time - all so you can get your message out there and help make a difference in the world. No pressure.

Dates: July 20-21, 2013, 9am-5pm

Venue: San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Price: $179 (organizational and student discounts available). Day passes available - no discount on day passes.



2013 Promotional Partners

2013 Speakers: More coming...

Chris Metzler - Director/Producer 
After graduating from USC with a degree in business and cinema, Chris Metzler's film career has taken him from the depths of agency work, to coordinating post-production for awful American movies seen late at night in Belgium. His filmmaking work has resulted in him criss-crossing the country with the aid of caffeinated beverages, all the while making his way in the Nashville country and Christian music video industries, before finally forsaking his soul to commercial LA rock n' roll. These misadventures culminated in him winning a Billboard Magazine Music Video Award.  

He eventually fled to San Francisco to join the independent documentary film scene and start work on his feature length directorial debut - the offbeat environmental documentary, PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA, which was narrated by legendary counterculture filmmaker and "King of Trash" John Waters. The film went on to win over 37 awards for Best Documentary and was named by Booklist as one its Top 10 Environmental Films. A cult favorite, the film was released theatrically in the United States and broadcast nationally on the Sundance Channel.  

With the success of that feature documentary, he has gone on to pursue other sub-cultural documentary subjects, including: rogue economists, lucha libre wrestlers, swamp rat hunters, ganjapreneurs, and evangelical Christian surfers. Metzler recently finished traveling the theatrical circuit promoting Tilapia Film's newest documentary, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screened at SXSW, and aired nationally on PBS. Check Chris' company Tilapia Film out at

Shaady Salehi/Executive Director of Active Voice
With a decade of experience working at the intersection of media and social change, Shaady oversees Active Voice’s diverse portfolio of film campaigns and provides consultation to filmmakers and funders about using stories for social impact. She has spoken extensively at conferences and film festivals around the country, and has sat on review panels for San Francisco Film Society and the BAVC Producer’s Institute for New Media Technologies. She holds an M.S. in strategic communications from Columbia University and an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Davis.

Cristine Dewey/ro*co Films International

Cristine is President of ro*co films International. She builds and maintains relationships with media buyers and acquisition executives around the world to ensure that our documentaries get the attention they deserve. She manages the international contracts and works collaboratively with filmmakers to maintain a long-term international distribution presence for each of our films.


Cristine joined ro*co in 2005 after several years of experience as a community activist. She has a B. A. in English from Carleton College and a professional back-ground in development and grants administration.


Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

Lisa is co-founder of Catapult Film Fund. Lisa is an investor and philanthropist with a long history of involvement in education and the arts, as well as health and poverty issues. Lisa’s passion for early venture support has led to crucial first funding of projects, from San Francisco area education and poverty alleviationwork to providing the initial funding for a school for girls and community center in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.

Lisa founded Catapult Film Fund, along with filmmaker Bonni Cohen, in order to fill a gap in the documentary funding landscape for development support and to enable important and moving documentary films to get off the ground.
Lisa has a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and practiced law in San Francisco and with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. After leaving law practice, Lisa received a master’s degree in Museum Studies and worked with museums in the San Francisco bay area designing exhibitions and education programs. Lisa assists several non-profits in an advisory capacity, and serves on the board of Working Films

Dawn Valadez/Filmmaker

Dawn has been creating art, causing mischief, and working for social justice since she was a teenager…many, many years ago. For over 20 years she has worked in the non-profit sector as a social worker, media maker, trainer, public art creator, and fundraiser. She co-founded a Bay Area AmeriCorps program (BAYAC), developed curriculum to honor Cesar Chavez, and created public art with youth from across Alameda County.


Dawn, a Chicana, who has a master’s degree in social welfare, consults with non-profits and filmmakers on fund-raising, grant writing, program development, and strategic planning. Dawn produced and co-directed the award-winning documentary—GOING ON 13 with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. This project was funded by Latino Public Broadcasting, ITVS, the California Council for the Humanities, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and the Fledgling Fund among other foundations and private donors. GOING ON 13 screened at film festivals around the world, on public television in the US, Europe, Asia, and at community events, conferences, schools, and youth organizations. She co-authored the 38-page study guide that accompanies the film and has led youth and adult dialogues on the issues raised in the film.


TURN IT AROUND is Dawn's new work in progress about homegrown teachers and former gang members becoming teachers. Dawn is a co-producer on Brian Copeland's performance film and documentary, Not A Genuine Black Man, and an advisor on Trust by Kelly+Yamamoto, I-Nation by Theo Rigby, and Licensed to Pimp by Hima B. Dawn sits on numerous education and community service boards, and formerly served on the New Day Films Steering Committee. GOING ON 13 is her first feature documentary. GOING ON 13 won the Cine Golden Eagle Award, Best Documentary at the LA Femme Film Festival in Beverly Hills and Best Documentary at the Boyle Heights Latina International Film Extravaganza in East LA.

Marcia Jarmel/Filmmaker

Marcia has been producing and directing documentaries for PatchWorks Films for the past 20 years. She distributes and runs engagement campaigns for PatchWorks’ films and serves as a consulting producer and an engagement and outreach consultant for social issue documentary films. Marcia has guest lectured at Stanford University, the San Francisco Art Institute, NYU, and at numerous conferences and workshops. She is an IFP Mentor and an outreachand engagement consultant for Working Films ( 


Marcia co-founded PatchWorks in 1994 with husband and collaborator, Ken Schneider ( Their most recent feature, Speaking In Tongues (ITVS, CAAM, LPB), aired on PBS, won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and is a catalyst for changing language education in public schools throughout the world. Their previous films include the ITVS-funded Born in the U.S.A., which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens, and was hailed as the “best film on childbirth” by the former director of maternal health at the World Health Organization. In addition to their own work, PatchWorks’ produces short films for nonprofit organizations. 

Luisa Dantas/Filmmaker
Brazilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas has worked in film and television production in the U.S. and Brazil for over a decade on a wide array of documentary and narrative projects. Her most recent endeavor, Land of Opportunity, is a transmedia documentary project that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of those on the frontlines. Dedicated to telling the story of this beloved city and its resilient residents, Luisa relocated to New Orleans in 2006 and has been on the ground following a diverse group of people for five years. In 2005, Luisa co-produced the acclaimed documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. She also directed and produced the web-series Voices From the Gulf for Color of Change. St. Joe, Luisa’s experimental short video about the demolition of public housing in New Orleans, recently won Best Short at Patois: the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.

In addition to her documentary work, Luisa is an accomplished screenwriter and director. Her first film, Bolo, was produced and shot in Brazil and screened in several international festivals. She also received a grant from Disney/ABC to develop Summertime, a screenplay about a young Latina coming of age at an exclusive New York prep school. She has also written for the pre-school series Go, Diego, Go! for Nickelodeon Television. Luisa is currently adapting the acclaimed non-fiction book Desire Street, by Pulitzer-prize winning author Jed Horne, into a screenplay. Luisa received her B.A. in English and Latin American studies from Brown University. She also received an M.F.A in Film from Columbia University.

Elise Baugh/Founder & CMO of Innovent Transmedia 

Elise taps 12 years of art direction, production and  brand integration, to guide Innovent’s transmedia productions. Her approach to every project blends art and social change, with the goal to inspire and activate audiences. Elise co-founded ‘Monteur’, a video-centric transmedia platform that was showcased in Lance Weiler’s transmedia pioneering “Pandemic 1.0″ at Sundance 2011. Her work as a transmedia producer has been supported by and featured  at the  Sundance Film Festival 2011 &  2102, Sheffield Doc Fest, Tribecca Film Institute, The Brooklyn Museum, UMOCA, The Oakland Museum and SFIPF. 


The drive to effect social change using transmedia as a conduit has driven her work with organizations that overlap visual arts, educational reform, and human rights issues.  She is an active member of the transmedia community and has contributed as a speaker/mentor on new media topics at SXSW, Transmedia SF, POV hackathon, & Mozilla Living Docs. 


Gary Tomchuck/AWARE Guide

Gary is Founder/CEO of the AwareGuide, a marketing and distribution platform for media for social change. He is also Founding Principal of Global Film Ventures, an accelerator for independent film bringing Silicon Valley practices to the film world.   As CEO of Ethical Markets Media he launched the first national weekly TV series on socially responsible business in over 40 million homes. He served as Director of CSRwire, a corporate social responsibility newswire service. He was cofounder of and served as COO of Passionate Living Media a television, print, radio and internet transmedia company. He worked with PlayItFWD digital distribution platform and the launch of Harmony Channel on Comcast VOD, as well as, Deepak Chopra’s,, Whole Life Expos and Media, and Peter Pan Entertainment (now Inspired Media).


He has organized, produced, and promoted major events such as the Healthy Living Expo, and worked with many notable leaders. He was Executive Director of the Association of Transformational Media Artists and the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, and a Director on the Board of several organizations. Business plans he has written have helped raise almost $7 million and the acquisition of several companies.



Tamara Perkins/Filmmaker

Tamara Perkins is a filmmaker and change maker focused on documentaries that inspire dialogue, empower and provide voice for vulnerable communities. She founded Apple of Discord Productions in 2006, producing such films as Niroga, profiling a program she founded which reaches incarcerated youth through Yoga. A grief support facilitator, Tamara developed programs that train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation. Life After Life began when incarcerated men leading a self-help program in San Quentin asked Tamara to tell their story. She has spoken on prison issues and human rights at agencies and universities such as Equal Justice Society, Houston Institute, and Stanford Law. In 2009 the National Council on Crime and Delinquency presented Tamara with their Media for a Just Society Award. Tamara will be presenting ideas from her film at a TEDx conference in October.