Documentary Summit: Boston

When: October 13-14, 2012. 9am-5pm both days.

Where: Boston University, Center for Digital Imaging Arts, 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

2012 Speakers

Fernanda Rossi/The Documentary Doctor - first time in Boston since 2008

Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi has doctored more than 300 fiction scripts, fundraising samples and documentaries, including two nominated for the Academy Award® and many that went on to receive funds from ITVS in the U.S. and NFB in Canada. She has given her workshops and lectures in more than 12 countries for more than 40 film organizations and at all major world markets and conferences, including Hot Docs in Canada, SilverDOCS in the United States, Sunny Side of the Doc in France and Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK. In addition, she’s a much sought-after trainer for special programs and grant evaluator for foundations. Her columns and articles have been published in trade publications, such as The Independent in the United States and DOX in Europe. She is  the author of the book that, according to industry professionals is the bible on demo production now in its second edition: Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo. 

Steve Ascher/Filmmaker

Steve is an Academy-Award nominated director, writer, educator and media consultant. The Boston Globe calls his work "filmmaking at its finest." His films include Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Other films included, So Much So Fast and Raising Renee. Steve has directed numerous TV spots, image training and marketing pieces for non-profits and corporations such as Disney, the IRS and The Texas Rangers. He is the author of The Filmmaker's Handbook: a Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age. A completely revised 4th edition of the book is coming out in November.

Nancy Porter/Filmmaker

Nancy has produced and directed numerous documentaries for PBS first as a producer at WGBH-TV Boston, and for the last 17 years as the owner of her own production company. Nancy has won many awards including a National Emmy®, an American Film Festival Blue Ribbon, three Cine Gold Eagle Awards and a Chicago Film Festival Gold Award. Porter was the first recipient of the Women in Film and Video New England Image Award for Vision and Excellence. In 2004, Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, her film for the PBS science series NOVA, was nominated for an Emmy® Award as Best Historical Documentary. Other Porter films for NOVA include High Tech Babies, Can You Still Get Polio?, Will Venice Survive its Rescue?, and Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Porter’s programs for the PBS history series American Experience are Amelia Earhart, The Wright Stuff, Richard Byrd: Alone on the Ice, and Houdini. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women is Nancy’s first film for American Masters.

Melissa and Tom Dowler/Long Haul Films

Tom Dowler and Melissa Dowler are co-founders of Long Haul Films, a production company that makes documentaries as well as creating commissioned films for clients that include advertising agencies, global brands, entrepreneurs, artists, non-profits and people celebrating major milestones in life. 


Tom and Melissa's first documentary short film, 24 Hours At The South Street Diner, recently had its world premiere at the Boston Independent Film Festival. Tom and Melissa are also noted relationship bloggers and are currently working on a documentary about the meaning of modern marriage, The Long Haul Project. 

Sheldon Mirowitz/Composer

Sheldon has scored more than fifty film and TV projects. He has been nominated three times for an Emmy Award for best music, most recently for the score to the A&E movie "The Nazi Officer's Wife". His credits include the score to the Oscar-nominated"Troublesome Creek", winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance (soundtrack available on Daring/Rounder Records), and the score for the Peabody Award winning mini-series "Odyssey of Life" (soundtrack available on Windham Hill/BMG). He has written theme music for networks ranging from MTV to The History Channel, and has scored hundreds of radio and television commercials, including award winning work for such clients as Converse, Kodak, UPS, Reebok and AT&T. His other work includes the score to the Miramax comedy "Outside Providence" (written and produced by Michael Corrente and the Farrelly Brothers), the score to the four-hour Hallmark mini-series, "Johnson County War" (written and produced by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, starring Tom Berenger), and the score to "Missing in America" (starring Danny Glover, David Strathairn and Ron Perlman)Besides composing and performing, Sheldon also serves on the faculty at Berklee College of Music, where he is an associate professor in the film scoring department.

Bryan Papciak/Handcranked Films

Known for visually rich, highly textured mixed-media design that blends diverse techniques such as stop-motion animation, affected live action, miniature sets, digital compositing, and experimental filmmaking, Handcranked Productions has been going strong since 2001. With clients including Sesame Street, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Samsung, HBO, NBC, ESPN, The Sundance Channel, and the Truth Campaign, among others, Bryan has made Handcranked one of the region's leaders in VFX.

Julia Gaynor/Digitas - Senior Copywriter

Julia received her BS in Communications from Boston University and immediately began writing articles for some of the top magazines in the world such Cosmopolitan and Glamour. Following this, Julia took her writing skills to the web and began writing copy for internet sites like Booty Parlor and From there, Julia expanded her expertise to the Boston area advertising and marketing firm Prospectiv where she oversaw campaigns for large products such as Pampers, Mattel and Disney. Julia now works for Digitas, an international digital adverstising company as a senior copywriter. 

David Tames

David Tamés is a independent documentary filmmaker with extensive experience in new media. He is currently co-directing Abattoir Rising, a feature-length character-driven documentary examining humane animal slaughter and the local food movement. Tamés earned an MS from the MIT Media Laboratory, an MFA from MassArt, and a BA and BS from the University of Florida. He is currently the media arts studio manager in the Studio Foundation department at MassArt where he also teaches documentary production courses. David serves on the board of directors of Filmmakers Collaborative and blogs at

Kathryn Dietz

Kathryn Dietz has been FC's Executive Director since June 2011, after 8 years on the Board and 12 years as an independent filmmaker-member. She owned and managed her own NY based company, Ambrica Productions, for 23 years, and through that company she produced or co-produced eight primetime documentaries for PBS, for national series such as Frontline and American Experience. Her films have garnered numerous awards including three CINE Golden Eagles, two Gold Cameras, two Hugo Awards, a Bronze Telly, three Chris Awards, and several Silver and Bronze Apples.


 She left Ambrica in 2009 in order to work locally with Boston-area media makers, and in the past year has completed two new films, Big Little Town: The Story of Needham, to be broadcast on WGBH this summer, and Getting Better: 200 Years of Medicine, a series that she made with FC member Nancy Porter for the New England Journal of Medicine. She is executive producer of Nasser: An Egyptian Story, a new film by FC founder Michal Goldman. And she recently joined the Board of the Massachusetts Production Coalition

Frank Auer/WGBH - Digital Marketing Manager

Franks brings a wealth of digital marketing experience to one of PBS' premiere stations. With a background in tech with career stops at HubSpot and Elm Technologies, Frank uses his expertise to market all of WGBH's signature shows to the nation. 

Sandra Forman/Entertainment Lawyer

Sandra Forman, of counsel to the Boston law firm of Rich May P.C., has a diverse practice in the areas of entertainment and copyright law.  Her practice includes representation on all aspects of production legal work for television and motion pictures, financing and distribution deals, publishing contracts, literary and life story rights acquisitions, writer and talent agreements, and analysis of rights issues including fair use review and opinion letters for insurance coverage. Ms Forman leads the Firm’s Entertainment Copyright and Trademark practice group.  Over the past eight years, she has also served as project director and legal counsel on the re-release of Eyes on the Prize, the fourteen-hour, Emmy Award winning series on America’s Civil Rights Movement. Ms. Forman is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Production Coalition, the Advisory Board of Filmmakers Collaborative where she served on the Board of Directors for over ten years, and the Advisory Committee of Women in Film and Video New England.


Chuck Green/Cinematographer

Chuck began filming with an 8mm camera over 40 years ago, moving over time to Super 8, 16mm, Super 16, NTSC video and currently HD video, while retaining an appreciation of the specific capabilities of each. He earned a BA in Filmmaking from SUNY Binghamton.

He is currently filming Abbatoir Rising, a documentary examining humane animal farming and slaughter, and Finding His Stride, following those jazz pianists keeping this early 20th century style alive today. He has filmed for reality shows, A&E Network, Animal Planet, and area universities. He is currently nominated for a New England Emmy award (to be announced June 2, 2012) for producing 3 PSA videos.

Ben Pender-Cudlip/Cinematographer

Ben Pender-Cudlip is the founder and principal of Unrendered Films, a boutique production company in Boston, MA. In his commercial practice he uses the tools and techniques of nonfiction to create mission-driven films for foundation, nonprofit, and corporate clients.


Ben's work is inspired by the direct cinema aesthetic, and he employs high-risk, high-reward DSLR cameras out of a preference for big-chip cinematography. His recent short documentary SANJIBAN premiered at Hot Docs and continues to screen at festivals.

Valery Lyman/Cinematographer

Over the last 12 years Valery has worked on news, docs and TV shows for every major network in the US as well as many independent outfits. When not working for hire, she turns to her own projects, which are portrait oriented in nature, alternately political and personal, but always poetic, nonlinear, and made from documentary material. Some of her more notable projects include: UNJUSTIFIED, documentary about prosecutorial power, the justice system, and a case being considered by the Supreme Court cinematogapher; NY MED, ABC’s 8 part gritty verite doc series explores the heroism, tragedies and every day life of doctors and patients inside America’s top hospitals cinematographer/producer; BOSTON MED, ABC’s 8 part gritty verite doc series explores the heroism, tragedies and every day life of doctors and patients inside America’s top hospitals; FRESH, a feature documentary exploring how innovative farmers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs across the heartland are reinventing America’s food system; and ONE OF THESE MORNINGS, a short film portrait of Election Day 2008, narrated by phone messages from voters that day.

Tim Raycroft/Editor

Tim Raycroft has been editing documentaries in the Boston area for 12 years. Tim’s work has ranged from broadcast to museum to independent productions.

In 2008 while at Northern Light Productions, he completed work on Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. An account of the country music legend’s seminal concert and the effect it had on the people around him. The film screened on PBS and over 40 international festivals. 


In 2011, Tim worked on Give Me the Banjo, a historical investigation of the impact of the banjo on American music and its place in popular culture. Currently, Tim is working on a “video emersion” experience for BioMuseo, a museum in Panama that celebrates the bio-diversity of the central American country. He is also co-producing and editing an independent project about an artist struggling with religion and identity issues.



Julie Mallozi/Editor

Julie's films explore the fluidity of cultural identity and historical memory. Her work has won awards at festivals around the world and has screened in museums, universities, and on public television. Her debut film Once Removed tells the story of meeting her mother's family in China and learning about their involvement in China's complicated political history. Julie’s recent film Monkey Dancereveals how traditional Cambodian dance helped three Cambodian-American teens navigate the minefields of urban adolescence. Indelible Lalita is her third full-length documentary. Julie grew up with a Chinese-American mother and an Italian-American father in rural Ohio – where her family managed a Native American historical site for 20 years.  She has been an active freelancer in Boston’s lively documentary community, including working on several PBS programs and editing Ross McElwee’s In Paraguay.  Julie received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. She has taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Boston University.

Alice Bouvrie/Producer-Director

Alice has over 25 years of film and documentary experience. She earned a Master's Degree in Film Production from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. In 2005 Bouvrie was selected to participate in the Filmmaker-In-Residence Lab at WGBH for the 2005-06 year.  She is an active member of the Director's Guild of America, and an active member and former board member of Women in Film & Video/New England. As a graduate of the DGA Producer's Training Program out of New York, (DGA Trainee) she worked as an Assistant Director on feature films, TV series and specials, commercials and industrials.  Alice began producing documentaries as an independent sixteen years ago and has completed four feature-length, award winning films that have screened at festivals, in theaters, museums and Universities around the country. Her first film co-produced with Teresa Metcalf, Living Under the Cloud: Chernobyl Today exposes the health and environmental effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  Iditarod...A Far Distant Place  (2000) follows three mushers racing against time and the elements in the long-distance Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.  Her 2006 award winning film, Prison Pups explores prison reform through a dog program where inmates raise and train puppies to be service dogs.  And a recently completed film profiling a Male-to-Female transsexual who is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian church, Thy Will Be Done: A transsexual woman’s journey through family and faith, is currently being distributed through New Day Films, a distribution cooperative.  Other films produced include two short works for the educational market, Am I Home Yet?  5 Au Pairs in Boston and William Wyman Artist Potter.