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Saturday, October 15 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Indie Film Track: Storytelling through Documentaries

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Though documentaries are generally pieces of non-fiction, they still very much employ conventions of storytelling. In fact, there's even a multi-layered writing process involved. From conception to post-production, documentary filmmakers are required to constantly adapt to unforeseeable elements and craft a narrative based off the stories and accounts they are able to capture. Join these filmmakers for a conversation on the importance and techniques of planning, interviews, editing, and storytelling through documentaries.

Moderators
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Greg Curtis

Moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
Gregory Curtis was the Editor of Texas Monthly from 1981-2000. During his editorship, the magazine won many prizes including five National Magazine Awards. In 2000, it was selected by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the ten best magazine editors in the country. Curtis has been published in Texas Monthly, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Fortune, and Time. He is the author of two... Read More →

Panelists
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Justin Agnew

director/producer ProGamer; Master of Architecture NDSU
Justin is an architectural designer from Shorewood, MN and a life long gamer.  In 2011, he moved to Austin in pursuit of new horizons and found himself jumping into the deep end in pursuit of a feature length documentary he was compelled to make. ProGamer is his filmmaking debut.
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Steven Balvanz

co-director The Harvest Run
Steven Balvanz is the producer and co-director of The Harvest Run, which is making its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival.  He is the President of EPS-Cineworks, a leading postproduction company offering post services to feature and television productions. Previously, he has produced and co-directed, Martha, Meat and Potatoes, a short documentary that tells the story of German POWs held captive in a small Iowa town during World War... Read More →
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Izzy Chan

director/producer/editor The Big Flip, Sugared Peas
Director, producer and editor for documentary THE BIG FLIP, which is making its world premiere at the festival. I've built a successful career in advertising as a researcher and strategist in human behavior, social trends and popular culture. Some of my favorite work is for visionary clients like Oakley, Apple, and Nike, as they've enabled me to do some incredibly fun ethnographic-documentary research work. My struggles as an... Read More →
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Aaron McAdams

co-director The Harvest Run; writer/director Party Like the Queen of France; editor Alaska: The Last Frontier; Woman Rebel
Aaron McAdams is the co-director and editor of The Harvest Run, which is making its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival.   His past projects include writing and directing Party Like the Queen of France for National Geographic Channel, working as lead editor on Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated Alaska: The Last Frontier, and editing the short documentary Woman Rebel, which was shortlisted for the... Read More →
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James D Solomon

director/co-writer/producer The Witness; writer The Conspirator, 100 Centre Street, The Practice; writer/executive producer The Bronx is Burning
James Solomon is drawn to iconic true stories we think we know from Abraham Lincoln’s assassination (THE CONSPIRATOR) to George Steinbrenner’s Yankees (THE BRONX IS BURNING) to the infamous murder of Kitty Genovese (THE WITNESS). Most recently, Solomon directed, produced and co-wrote the acclaimed feature documentary The Witness, about the killing of Kitty Genovese. The name "Kitty Genovese" became synonymous with bystander... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

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