Silverdocs unveils conference agenda

Conference highlights include a discussion with Crude director Joe Berlinger about his legal battle with Chevron, master classes with doc directors, producers and editors and a "meet the broadcasters" session featuring execs from Discovery, HBO, OWN, ESPN and PBS' 'POV.'
June 15, 2011

The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival has announced its conference schedule for the upcoming edition, taking place in Silver Springs, MD from June 20-26.

Conference highlights include “A ‘Crude’ Awakening: Chevron vs. Berlinger,” a panel session with Crude director Joe Berlinger and his lawyer, Seth Berlin, which will examine both the complexities of the legal case brought by Chevron against Berlinger over footage shot for the film and the wider issues that the case highlights surrounding the legal protections that non-fiction filmmakers may or may not have.

“Meet the Broadcasters: The ‘Real’ Reality Television” will bring together programming and development execs from HBO, OWN, A&E, Discovery, ESPN and PBS’ ‘POV’ to discuss the challenges in bringing more doc-oriented programming to their schedules.

The Interrupters director Steve James continues his run on the conference and festival circuit, appearing on two Silverdocs panels: “Separated at Birth: Filmmakers and Journalists Working Together and Apart” (with Alex Kotlowitz, Amir Bar-Lev and Steve Coll) and “Reverse Angle: When the Filmmaker is in the Film” (with Chico Colvard and Mimi Chakarova).

The conference will also offer master classes for doc producers, editors and directors, as well as pitch sessions with PBS and ITVS and intimate Silver Sessions that bring conference attendees together with development, programming and acquisition execs.

For more info on the conference schedule, please click here.

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