2015 Chicago Documentary Summit
Subject to change based on panelist availabilty
Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 AM - Arrival and check-in
9:15 AM - Introduction by Andrew Zinnes
9:30 AM - Session 1: What's The Story?
The plot is the thing! This session's presenters look at how they craft a story structure from either a brand new idea or a hard drive full of footage.
Jeff Spitz | Groundswell
Floyd Webb | Filmmaker
10:45 AM - Session 2: Got To Have Character
People go to movies to see the people in them. That goes for docs, too. Our presenters discuss some of the best characters they've filmed, their techniques for interviewing and what to do when your ethics are tested.
Maria Finitzo | Filmmaker
Melody Gilbert | Filmmaker
12:00 PM - Session 3: Theme: the meaning behind the madness
What is your film about, really? Delving deeper into the higher messages of your film and tying it to your story could be the difference between rave reviews and getting passed over.
Nicole Bernardi-Reis | Filmmaker
Debra Tolchinsky | Filmmaker/Northwestern University
1:00 PM LUNCH
2:30 PM - Session 4: Chicago Filmmaker Case Study
A Doc Summit tradition! A local filmmakers discusses how they made their film - from idea to distribution/engagement. Always informative and inspirational.
Shuli Eshel | A Voice Among The Silent
Heidi Kanter | A Voice Among The Silent
Sunday, October 4, 2015
9:30 AM - Session 5: The Technical Minefield
With 4k here and 5k on the horizon, plus a myriad of other things to consider the tech specs needed to get your film accepted by festivals, distributors and online portals seem to change continuously. Our panelists will discuss where we are with this in 2015-2016.
Bill Baykin | Filmmaker/Tribeca Flashpoint
John Otterbacher | Filmmaker/Tribeca Flashpoint
10:45 AM - Session 6: Interactive & Branded Storytelling
Transmedia. Cross-platform. Multi-screen. Branded storytelling. All these buzzwords have been floating around for the past few years, but what do they mean today? This session will look at what's possible now and what's coming in the next few years.
Beckie Stocchetti | Kartemquin
Anuradha Rana | Filmmaker/Isthmus Films
Nat Soti | Zero One Projects
12:00 PM - Session 7: Legal Issues of Storytelling
When you try to find the truth, you can sometimes thump a hornet's nest. This session will discuss ways to protect you and your project from getting stung.
Jerry Glover | Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
2:30PM - Session 8: Chicago Filmmaker Case Study 2
Greg Jacobs and Bob Hercules will discuss SCHOOL PROJECT and the ins and outs of using filmmaking skills in the
Bob Hercules | Filmmaker/Media Process
Greg Jacobs | Filmmaker/Siskel/Jacobs Films