TIFF ’15: Kilmurry, Kickstarter board Doc Conference

Sessions by International Documentary Association director Simon Kilmurry (pictured) and Kickstarter's film community manager George Schmalz are among the speakers rounding out TIFF's day-long Doc Conference.
August 20, 2015

Sessions by International Documentary Association executive director Simon Kilmurry and Kickstarter’s George Schmalz are among the speakers rounding out the Toronto International Film Festival’s day-long Doc Conference.

Joining the previously announced line-up of Amy director Asif Kapadia – who will kick off events with a conversation with TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers - and Documentary Now! creator and actor Bill Hader are Simon Kilmurry, who will speak to Maria De Rosa and Marilyn Burgess about their new Documentary Organization of Canada-commissioned study on philanthropy and docs, as well as Kickstarter’s Dan Schoenbrun and George Schmalz, who will discuss the crowdfunding platform’s latest achievements in “The Year Kickstarter Broke US$100 million for Documentaries.”

In addition, Vimeo’s Jeremy Boxer will explore film distribution in the digital age in “Seven Awesome Tips for Selling Your Film Directly,” while filmmaker Avi Lewis and author Naomi Klein are to discuss the role of documentaries in creating social change with Working Knowledge’s Katie McKenna, who served as the engagement lead on the pair’s multi-platform project This Changes Everything.

Meanwhile, Christie Marchese of Picture Motion is to examine how films can prompt social movements in “Your film can change the world…if the right people see it,” while Angelica Das of the American University’s Game Lab Center for Media & Social Impact will discuss the ground-breaking study “Dangerous Documentaries: Reducing Risk when Telling Truth to Power.”

The Doc Conference will take place on September 16. TIFF runs from September 10 to 20.

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