Peabody Award-winning director Ian Cheney, Vice Media’s Derek Mead and acclaimed Australian filmmaker Lynette Wallworth are among those on tap to speak at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers ’18.
The 26th annual edition of the Congress serves as a meeting ground for science, history and natural history content creators and executives to share, explore and reveal how advancements within their industries are communicated to the world.
Congress ’18 will be held in Brisbane, Australia from Nov. 27-30.
New England-born filmmaker Cheney (pictured) is an Emmy-nominated (2013′s The City Dark) and Peabody Award-winning documentarian. He co-created, co-produced and starred in the feature documentary King Corn (2007), which aired on PBS’s doc strand ‘Independent Lens‘ and was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award in 2009. His most recent film, 2018′s The Most Unknown, was advised by world-renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog and follows nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions, including how life began and what consciousness and time are.
Cheney will be joined at the event by Vice Media’s Mead, who executive produced The Most Unknown, for a discussion about innovative approaches to narrative in documentary.
Wallworth will also join this year’s event to speak on the topic of gender and respect for diverse peoples.
The Australian artist and filmmaker uses immersive environments, interactive technologies and narrative long-form film to reflect connections between people and the natural world. Two of Wallworth’s past projects have exhibited as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s “New Frontier” program: Evolution of Fearlessness and the full-dome feature Coral: Rekindling Venus.
Her 73-minute feature doc Tender was honored with an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for best televised documentary in 2016 and was also nominated for a Grierson Award, recognizing innovative and exciting documentary films. In 2017, Wallworth took home a News & Documentary Emmy award for Outstanding New Approaches in Documentary Film for her virtual reality narrative Collisions. Her documentary short Awavena (2018) combines Indigenous story tellers with VR/mixed reality non-fiction to explore the way of life led by the Yawanawa, the Indigenous people of the Amazon.