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IDA announces Getting Real ’18 conference lineup

The International Documentary Association (IDA), in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has unveiled the lineup for the 2018 Getting Real conference. The conference will kick off ...
August 23, 2018

The International Documentary Association (IDA), in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has unveiled the lineup for the 2018 Getting Real conference.

The conference will kick off with a keynote speech by Orwa Nyrabia (pictured), film producer, curator, programmer and newly appointed artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

“Due to President Trump’s ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, Nyrabia cannot come to Los Angeles for the conference and will deliver his speech via Skype,” said the press release from IDA. Nyrabi was born in Syria.

Other keynote speakers include filmmaker, artist, author and member of the Rada Film Group Michèle Stephenson; A+E Networks senior vice president of feature films Molly Thompson; and New York-based curator Chi-hui Yang, who is currently program officer for the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative.

The biennial three-day conference will be held in Los Angeles from Sept. 25 to 27.

“Getting Real ’18 represents a rare opportunity for representatives from all sectors of the documentary community to come together and examine the state of our field,” said Simon Kilmurry, IDA executive director. “What we hope emerges from these discussions are creative solutions, born out of a collaborative spirit, that tackle the collective challenges we face.”

Panels include “The Role of the Documentary in the Public Sphere” with Jeffrey Jones, Marcia Smith and Cara Mertes, moderated by Caty Borum Chattoo of the American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact; “Pulling Back the Curtain,” an off-the-record session for filmmakers to discuss financing and the hard numbers behind documentary filmmaking; a Palestinian filmmaker panel including Dima Abu Ghoush, Salim Abu Jabal, Muayad Alayan, Mahmoud Al Massad, Emad Burnat, Mohamed Jabaly, May Odeh and Rula Salameh; and a roundtable on state of the #MeToo movement as it relates to the documentary film world, with Nicole page, Nancy Schwartzman, Annie Roney, Nina Menkes, Caroline von Kuhn and Michelle Stephenson.

The conference will also include the documentary game show Gimme Truth!, presented in partnership with the True/False Film Fest and hosted by comic and radio host Brian Babylon. Gimme Truth! seeks to stump panelists with two-minute doc-style videos submitted by local filmmakers, each featuring content that is either entirely true or entirely false.

Click here for more information on Getting Real ’18.

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