The Detroit Documentary Summit

May 19-20, 2012

The Documentary Summit comes to the Motor City for two jam packed days of informational panels and networking. 

Locale: Madonna University 36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150 Room S100 (Franciscan Center Lecture Hall)

Dates: May 19-20, 2012 9am-5pm

Networking Party after sessions on May 19th, 2012

2012 Speakers

Rachel Grady

A private investigator turned filmmaker; Rachel Grady has produced and directed a wide variety of documentaries for HBO, PBS, The Discovery Channel, MTV, the A & E Network and Britain’s Channel 4. She was the series producer for “TX,” an eight part documentary series for VH1 shot entirely inside a drug rehab. She and her directing partner Heidi Ewing co-directed “The Boys of Baraka,” the critically acclaimed documentary feature that was released by ThinkFilm and a won a 2006 NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary Film, and was nominated for an Emmy. Her feature documentary, “Jesus Camp,” also co-directed with Ewing, chronicles the Evangelical movement through the eyes of children. The film, a collaboration with A&E IndieFilms, was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures before being nominated for an Academy Award. She and Ewing collaborated with several high profile nonfiction filmmakers for the omnibus documentary film “Freakonomics: The Movie,” based on the best-selling book. Grady’s last documentary, “12th & Delaware,” co-directed with Ewing and winner of a Peabody Award, is a searing portrait of a street corner in Fort Pierce, Florida, where a pro-life crisis pregnancy center and an abortion clinic are locked in battle. Grady recently completed “Detropia” which will air on PBS. She is the co-founder of Loki Films.

Joseph Gough

Gough co-wrote the treatment and assistant directed the music video for Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock’s award winning “Picture” in 2002.  The success of the Millennium Pictures video led to numerous commercial and video collaborations with Carlin.  Later in 2002, he also worked with Geronimo Films on the music video for Eminem’s Academy Award winning song “Lose Yourself”. From 2002 to 2009, Gough focused on web-interactive and branded entertainment projects for a variety of companies and campaigns.  This resulted in numerous national awards with and Lexis Nexis.  In 2009, Gough began freelance producing with Carlin Films in LA, Working Pictures in NY, and Slowboat Films in Germany.  He co-produced the controversial film “Kingdom of Survival” with film school friend, Marc Littler.  The documentary was recently acquired by 7th Art in the US and 3sat in Europe.  Gough recently began creating and producing television pilots.  In 2011, he helped develop and co-produced “Motor City Rising” a mini-series purchased by OvationTV.  The series will air nationally this Spring.   He founded “Inspire Michigan”, a non-profit organization and radio show, in 2007 and continues to act as a board member.  His collaborations with award-winning director, Bobby Sheehan and Working Pictures have also produced, “Pressure Cooker” docu-reality series that has been picked up by PBS via American Public Television.  This show’s 2013 release will mark Gough’s first “Created By” television credit.  Sheehan and Gough have also paired with Jeff Hays Productions to produce an untitled investigative documentary about the frightening state of the American health care system.  Gough’s Indian Trail Productions is currently in pre-production on a PBS documentary mini-series “Kings of the Courtroom”, and two unscripted television pilots.  

Sue Marx

Producer/Writer/Director, received her B.A. from Indiana University and her M.A. from Wayne State University. Early in her career, she taught high school, did social research, was a photojournalist and became the television producer of the long running, weekly prime time series, “Profiles in Black” for Channel 4 in Detroit. Sue Marx Films has produced a wide variety of award-winning films and videos. Marx, who has had a distinguished career in the Detroit area, is the guiding creative force who develops close connections between clients and their stories. She is a voting member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on The Michigan Film Office Advisory Council (MFOAC).


Kevin Hewitt

Kevin has worked on many feature length films and hundreds of local and national spots. Also, he has traveled to 29 different countries around the world photographing everything from a powerful documentary about the Holocaust, cooking adventures in search of exotic food for the Food Network, a series of programs on flight for Discovery and shows on mixed martial arts for M-1 Global. Prior to starting his own business, Kevin worked for the NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit where he won numerous Emmy Awards.

Oren Goldenberg

Oren Goldenberg is a filmmaker living and working in Detroit. He owns Cass Corridor Films and has directed and produced the feature length film about Detroit Public Schools, Our School, and the recently released Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother, about the first black public housing in America. He was awarded Best film 2011 (Detroit Independent Film Festival & Detroit Windsor International Film Festival) for the indie feature The Bicyclist, as well as, Best Filmmaker (Real Detroit 2011) and Best Michigan Filmmaker (Ann Arbor Film Festival 2006).  His short film Se Reveiler will premiere at the 2012 Media City Film Festival (Windsor, OT).  Oren spends his spare time organizing and enjoying his community at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.


Harvey Ovshinsky

While director of production at Detroit Public Television, Harvey helped supervise the production of the Oscar-nominated, Peabody and duPont-winning documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin?  He was the writer and executive producer of the 13-part PBS/CPB Annenberg series, The Whole Child, which provided the latest information about child development and childcare for the critical years from birth to age five. He created City Tales, an award-winning documentary series for young people and their families co-produced for Post Newsweek Stations and Detroit Public Television. He has produced prime-time programs about the critical issues facing young children and their families, including The Last Hit: Children & Violence, What About Me? Kids & Grief, and Lost & Found; Young People Talk about Depression. 

Above all, Harvey Ovshinsky is a teacher. He has taught in the Detroit Public Schools as part of Dr. Terry Blackhawk's InsideOut program, a literary arts project for students that places professional writers-in-residence at schools.  Harvey is currently an instructor at the College for Creative Studies where he teaches courses in Advanced Story Concepts and Creative Visualization. He has taught at Wayne State University, Madonna University, and Washtenaw Community College.

Rob Millis, Dynamo Player via Skype

Rob is a co-founder and CEO of Dynamo Player, the leading independent distribution platform for online film rentals. In just a few easy steps you can upload your film, set your price, publish your film anywhere online and get paid by every viewer with simple, secure transactions through PayPal and Amazon. As a former documentary producer with a decade of experience in online media, Rob is widely considered an expert in online media and also serves as an industry analyst and advisor. 

Tony D’Annunzio

Tony was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied radio and television production at Specs Howards Media/Broadcast Arts School, graduating in 1987 at the age of 21 and has been in the broadcast television field ever since. Throughout the years, he has worked with every major broadcast company at the technical and/or production management level including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, CNN, MTV, VH1, Discovery, NFL Films, and HBO.


LOUDER THAN LOVE: The Grande Ballroom Story is Tony’s first independent film as a producer and director. The movie chronicles the Detroit music scene in the late 1960s, as told through the eyes of the legendary bands who played there. At the epicenter of this seminal music scene stood The Grande Ballroom, Detroit’s original rock and roll palace.

Joe Bellanca

Joe is the principal of Bellanca & Associates, PLLC. Based in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Mr. Bellanca practices in the areas of sports and entertainment law, corporate law, commercial transactions, labor relations, civil litigation and criminal defense matters. Mr. Bellanca represents individual performers, record labels, theaters, publicists, clothing designers, booking agencies, producers, directors, multinational entertainment companies, public sports authorities, and private developers. Bellanca & Associates provides each client with timely and practical advice that protects their interests and enhances their negotiating position.


Prior to launching his own firm, Mr. Bellanca was named General Manager of Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, Michigan. At Freedom Hill, he was responsible for supervising hundreds of employees in the areas of production, marketing, ticketing,concessions, guest services and facility operations while working closely with internationally touring artists, national booking agents and media outlets, management companies, concert promoters and governmental entities to successfully coordinate and execute live concerts with some of the biggest names in music (BB King, Steve Miller Band, Foreigner, Muse, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Al Green, James Brown and many more.)


Juanita Anderson

As an independent producer, Juanita Anderson's work is primarily designed for national public television broadcast and for exhibition in public spaces, she has previously held the positions of Producer/Director and Production Manager at WSIU-TV (Carbondale, IL), Executive Producer of Cultural Affairs and Special Projects for WTVS-Detroit Public Television, and Series Producer for WGBH-Boston.


As an executive producer, Anderson has launched more than 25 station and independent projects into the national PBS schedule and has guided the work of nearly 40 independent producers across the nation.  In addition to seven regional Emmys for her work in local public television, Anderson’s work has garnered numerous national awards including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and a DuPont Columbia Silver Baton for excellence in broadcast journalism.


Ed Moore

At the helm of Beyond the Light Switch is award-winning producer/director Ed Moore. Ed is highly regarded by PBS for his insightful storytelling which conveys often highly technical information in a disarming, jargon-free manner. This skill set makes Ed a superb choice to organize the many disparate facts underpinning Beyond the Light Switch's subject matter into compelling, edifying, and highly accessible viewing. To find out more about BTLS and other upcoming documentaries, follow Ed on twitter: @edmooredocs


Lindsay Blackwell

Ingenex's Social Media Director, Lindsay is a prominent voice in the field of social media. With a focus on storytelling and interactive dialogue, Lindsay creates, implements, and monitors comprehensive social media strategies and compelling social campaigns for our clients.


Lindsay holds a BA in English and Linguistics from the University of Michigan, where she earned High Honors in Linguistics for her thesis on narrative structure in computer-mediated communication, based on original research. Lindsay's background in discourse analysis and passion for the digital space have informed her interest and abilities in new media marketing, which she showcased in 2011 with the creation of the “Dear Lisa Rudgers” campaign. The campaign revolved around and has seen over 30,000 unique visitors from 99 countries around the globe.


Lindsay serves on the marketing committee of the Ann Arbor Civic Theater, participates in several local young professionals' organizations, and is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on social media, interactive content, and personal branding.


Rob St. Mary 

Born and raised in the northeast suburbs of Detroit, Rob cultivated a love of movies at an early age. He remembers his first movie experience – seeing Star Wars in a theatre at age two – but didn’t remember the images, only the sounds. A writer from an early age, Rob co-created an underground student newspaper in high school. He also took acting classes around that time that lead to his involvement in film. In 1997, at the age of 19, Rob produced a low-budget 16mm vampire/comedy called Tainted – currently available from Troma Entertainment, the company best known for The Toxic Avenger. In 1999, Tainted played at the Cannes Film Festival in the market section. In 2002, Rob undertook his first feature length documentary. The Separation on State Street, released in 2007, followed a church/state separation case in Michigan’s Thumb, the community reaction and told the story of Anonka’s Witch Museum – a store that featured a dungeon tour explaining the Inquisition. Rob’s film work has screened in festivals internationally and garnered awards.  


After making movies, Rob had the opportunity to connect people to great cinema – past and present. Rob worked at what is considered the first video store in the nation – Thomas Video and one of the better art house theatres in the Metro Detroit area – the Main Art Theatre. 


Since 2001, Rob has been a radio news professional working in his home state of Michigan. During that time, Rob has been honored over two-dozen times for his feature and investigative work by statewide and national journalism organizations. 

Currently, Rob is working on a book for Wayne State University Press entitled Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology. The book will feature reprints and tell the history of White Noise, Fun and Orbit Magazines – Detroit based publications from the late 1970s to 1999.  


Zak Rosen 

Zak Rosen is an independent radio producer.  He's contributed stories to NPR, PRI, APM, the BBC and Deautshe Welle. He was most recently staff producer on NPR/PRX's State of the Re:Union.  Before that he produced Detroit Today (now the Craig Fahle Show); WDET’s daily local affairs program. Zak also sits happily on the steering committee of Detroit: City of Hope, “An evolving communal vision that calls Detroit into a place where humanity lives with purpose and dignity.” 


Billy Whitehouse

Communications Director 
Michigan Film First
Developed an extensive presence in a short time on the internet, Facebook and Twitter in a 360 Marketing Plan to position MFF as the leading trade association for the Michigan film industry.

Michigan Entertainment Network
Created and organized systems of interlocking and overlapping technologies for networking the Michigan entertainment industry. Included networking groups on Facebook of over 15,000 Michigan entertainment professionals, direct email databases to over 4,000 crew, vendors and supporters of the Michigan entertainment industry and cultivated a Twitter presence.

Founding Member 
Detroit Windsor International Film Festival
Was a founding member of the DWIFF - responsibilities included creating the calls for entries for film submissions, mobilizing volunteers, finding speakers to present at the tech fair and promotion the festival to the general public.

CBS Radio - Detroit
Developed the Michigan Makes Movies Expo, which was a single day event to over 1,500 attendees. I assisted with creating promotions for the event and using social media to market to the attendees. I gathered over 50 vendors and 35 speakers to participate in the event.