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PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Derrick LaMere is a Native American Filmmaker from Spokane Washington by way of the Colville indian Reservation. His most recent documentary "United by Water" focuses on the 5 tribes of the Upper Columbia River unite on the water in traditional canoes for the first time since the Grand Coulee Dam flooded their traditional waterways 76 years ago. Other major works include "The 7th Wave" which follows the Quinault Indian Nation as they host the 2013 coastal Canoe Journey, one of the largest canoe journey gatherings in recent memory, on their traditional homeland. Based in the summer of 2016, "Makwa Jiimaan Deep Water Deep Roots" follows 6 Teme-Augama Anishnabai youth built a traditional Temagami Birch Bark Canoe on their homeland N'Dakimenan. Over the course of 6 weeks, we documented them harvesting, preparing and building their canoe all on their traditional homeland. Makwa Jiimaan is currently screening at multiple universities across Canada and the US. www.warponypictures.com

Derrick LaMere

PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Derrick LaMere is a Native American Filmmaker from Spokane Washington by way of the Colville indian Reservation. His most recent documentary “United by Water” focuses on the 5 tribes of the Upper Columbia River unite on the water in traditional canoes for the first time since the Grand Coulee Dam flooded their traditional waterways 76 years ago. Other major works include “The 7th Wave” which follows the Quinault Indian Nation as they host the 2013 coastal Canoe Journey, one of the largest canoe journey gatherings in recent memory, on their traditional homeland. Based in the summer of 2016, “Makwa Jiimaan Deep Water Deep Roots” follows 6 Teme-Augama Anishnabai youth built a traditional Temagami Birch Bark Canoe on their homeland N’Dakimenan. Over the course of 6 weeks, we documented them harvesting, preparing and building their canoe all on their traditional homeland. Makwa Jiimaan is currently screening at multiple universities across Canada and the US. www.warponypictures.com
PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Amy Lillard is the Executive Director of Washington Filmworks and has been with the program since it launched in 2007. Under her leadership, WF has helped over 90 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated 242 Million dollars to the statewide economy. Amy Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge. www.washingtonfilmworks.org

Amy Lillard

PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Amy Lillard is the Executive Director of Washington Filmworks and has been with the program since it launched in 2007. Under her leadership, WF has helped over 90 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated 242 Million dollars to the statewide economy. Amy Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge. www.washingtonfilmworks.org
PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Erin Joy Nash grew up in Plain, WA, just outside of the Leavenworth area. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Visual Journalism degree and has since worked with various organizations, such as The Hope Project - Liberia and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, to help tell their story through photography and film. Erin Joy currently works as a co-director, script writer and all-around "film ninja" with the production crew at Voortex Productions in Cashmere, WA.  Erin Joy directed, shot, and edited "Fail Forward Fast",  a short film featuring four Leavenworth women exploring their relationship to nature, themselves and the concept of failure. www.voortexproductions.com/erin-nash

Erin Joy Nash

PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Erin Joy Nash grew up in Plain, WA, just outside of the Leavenworth area. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Visual Journalism degree and has since worked with various organizations, such as The Hope Project – Liberia and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, to help tell their story through photography and film. Erin Joy currently works as a co-director, script writer and all-around “film ninja” with the production crew at Voortex Productions in Cashmere, WA. Erin Joy directed, shot, and edited “Fail Forward Fast”, a short film featuring four Leavenworth women exploring their relationship to nature, themselves and the concept of failure. www.voortexproductions.com/erin-nash
PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Jeff Ostenson is owner of North 40 Productions, a Wenatchee-based documentary film and video production company. Along with a long list of commercial projects, Jeff and the team at North 40 have produced a bunch of documentary features and shorts including: “A Lot of Fuss About A Parade” - 90-minute documentary about Wenatchee’s Apple Blossom Festival (2019); “Lifted: A Ski Film For the Rest of Us: - 45-minute ski film celebrating Mission Ridge’s 50th anniversary (2018); “Tough: The Roger Volkmann Story” - 12-minute short about how a recovering stroke victim attempts to climb Devil’s Tower (2018); “Era of Megafires” - 60-minute digital presentation about forest and fire ecology in Western Forests (2017); “Not for Any Price” - 15-minute short about how the Lumi Nation stops big coal from sitting a coal terminal on an ancient village and burial site near Bellingham, WA, by leveraging their treaty fishing rights (2017). Jeff’s favorite activities include downhill skiing, mountain and road biking, performing music and volunteering. www.north40productions.com

Jeff Ostenson

PANELIST, OPENING PROGRAM | Jeff Ostenson is owner of North 40 Productions, a Wenatchee-based documentary film and video production company. Along with a long list of commercial projects, Jeff and the team at North 40 have produced a bunch of documentary features and shorts including: “A Lot of Fuss About A Parade” – 90-minute documentary about Wenatchee’s Apple Blossom Festival (2019); “Lifted: A Ski Film For the Rest of Us: – 45-minute ski film celebrating Mission Ridge’s 50th anniversary (2018); “Tough: The Roger Volkmann Story” – 12-minute short about how a recovering stroke victim attempts to climb Devil’s Tower (2018); “Era of Megafires” – 60-minute digital presentation about forest and fire ecology in Western Forests (2017); “Not for Any Price” – 15-minute short about how the Lumi Nation stops big coal from sitting a coal terminal on an ancient village and burial site near Bellingham, WA, by leveraging their treaty fishing rights (2017). Jeff’s favorite activities include downhill skiing, mountain and road biking, performing music and volunteering. www.north40productions.com
MODERATOR, OPENING PROGRAM

Laila Kazmi

MODERATOR, OPENING PROGRAM & DISTRIBUTION | Laila Kazmi is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer. Her video stories have aired on PBS television stations in Seattle (KCTS 9), San Diego (KPBS), Boston (World Channel/WGBH), and Seattle Channel, as well as streamed on PBS NewsHour. Laila was the producer for the award-winning series Borders & Heritage and Reel NW. She is currently a SeaDoc board member. www. kazbarmedia.com / @KazmLaila
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, OPENING PROGRAM |Arnold J Cleveland, also known as Oldchief, was born in Ellensburg, WA and has seen 80 snows. He is a full blood Native American of the Wenatchi Band on the Colville Reservation. He has sung and played music since he was a child at St. Mary’s Mission in Omak, Wa. He served in the Marines starting at age 17. After the Marines he worked in the fruit industry managing processing plants and cold storage units for 36 years in California, Oregon and Washington. He then managed the maintenance, buildings and grounds of a school district until he retired in 2006. For 26 years he also had a band and played country music all over northern California. When he turned 70 YOA he rode a bicycle from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic. In 2012 he moved back to Washington and has enjoyed playing several flutes he has picked up in his travels. He enjoys traveling and taking the road less traveled.

Arnold J Cleveland

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, OPENING PROGRAM |Arnold J Cleveland, also known as Oldchief, was born in Ellensburg, WA and has seen 80 snows. He is a full blood Native American of the Wenatchi Band on the Colville Reservation. He has sung and played music since he was a child at St. Mary’s Mission in Omak, Wa. He served in the Marines starting at age 17. After the Marines he worked in the fruit industry managing processing plants and cold storage units for 36 years in California, Oregon and Washington. He then managed the maintenance, buildings and grounds of a school district until he retired in 2006. For 26 years he also had a band and played country music all over northern California. When he turned 70 YOA he rode a bicycle from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic. In 2012 he moved back to Washington and has enjoyed playing several flutes he has picked up in his travels. He enjoys traveling and taking the road less traveled.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, OPENING PROGRAM | John R Dick (qualichin) is from a family of eight consisting of five sisters and three brothers. John is the last of the brothers as three brothers and four sisters are deceased. Mother is Celia Ann Dick and father is Matthew Dick. John is seventy two years old and has severed in the armed forces in Vietnam. Honorably discharged in 1969 from the US Army. John has served the Colville Tribes for forty one years in the field of law enforcement and he has now retired. Great great grandfather is Chief John Harmelt, the last of the Wenatchi Tribe. He has practiced his traditional ways taught to him by his mother and father. In the later years of his employment he was with the Colville Correctional Department in teaching the inmates the traditional and spiritual ways of the tribes. His mother for many years traveled to the Wenatchi country and has told many Indian stories of the valley. His brothers William and Mathew were very much involved in the Wenatchi cause, serving with a lot of pride and dignity. This service was at the request of our mother because she related fore many years she had requested other Wenatchi tribal elders to take up the quest of her grandfather John had begun many years ago.

John R Dick

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, OPENING PROGRAM | John R Dick (qualichin) is from a family of eight consisting of five sisters and three brothers. John is the last of the brothers as three brothers and four sisters are deceased. Mother is Celia Ann Dick and father is Matthew Dick. John is seventy two years old and has severed in the armed forces in Vietnam. Honorably discharged in 1969 from the US Army. John has served the Colville Tribes for forty one years in the field of law enforcement and he has now retired. Great great grandfather is Chief John Harmelt, the last of the Wenatchi Tribe. He has practiced his traditional ways taught to him by his mother and father. In the later years of his employment he was with the Colville Correctional Department in teaching the inmates the traditional and spiritual ways of the tribes. His mother for many years traveled to the Wenatchi country and has told many Indian stories of the valley. His brothers William and Mathew were very much involved in the Wenatchi cause, serving with a lot of pride and dignity. This service was at the request of our mother because she related fore many years she had requested other Wenatchi tribal elders to take up the quest of her grandfather John had begun many years ago.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, OPENING PROGRAM | Colleen F. Cawston, spəkʷkʷálqs descends from the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, she is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Currently she is serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Wenatchee Advisory Group. The Colville Business Council formed the Wenatchee Advisory Group in 1999, to provide as advisement as it relates to the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, lands, history and future endeavors. As a founding member Colleen has contributed along with the full Wenatchi Advisory Group to provide this guidance. It has been a rewarding time to have our presence be known in our homelands, for our grandparents who began this journey for us all, it is a good day. History in many instances will be measured by what is done, remembered, and acted upon. The Commitment of the Wenatchee Advisory Group tColleen F. Cawston, spəkʷkʷálqs descends from the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, she is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Currently she is serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Wenatchee Advisory Group. The Colville Business Council formed the Wenatchee Advisory Group in 1999, to provide as advisement as it relates to the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, lands, history and future endeavors. As a founding member Colleen has contributed along with the full Wenatchi Advisory Group to provide this guidance. It has been a rewarding time to have our presence be known in our homelands, for our grandparents who began this journey for us all, it is a good day. History in many instances will be measured by what is done, remembered, and acted upon. The Commitment of the Wenatchee Advisory Group to further the understanding that we remain is paramount. We are pleased to join this remarkable evening to further the understanding that we remain is paramount.

Colleen F. Cawston

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, OPENING PROGRAM | Colleen F. Cawston, spəkʷkʷálqs descends from the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, she is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Currently she is serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Wenatchee Advisory Group. The Colville Business Council formed the Wenatchee Advisory Group in 1999, to provide as advisement as it relates to the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, lands, history and future endeavors. As a founding member Colleen has contributed along with the full Wenatchi Advisory Group to provide this guidance. It has been a rewarding time to have our presence be known in our homelands, for our grandparents who began this journey for us all, it is a good day. History in many instances will be measured by what is done, remembered, and acted upon. The Commitment of the Wenatchee Advisory Group tColleen F. Cawston, spəkʷkʷálqs descends from the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, she is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Currently she is serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Wenatchee Advisory Group. The Colville Business Council formed the Wenatchee Advisory Group in 1999, to provide as advisement as it relates to the Psquosa (Wenatchi) people, lands, history and future endeavors. As a founding member Colleen has contributed along with the full Wenatchi Advisory Group to provide this guidance. It has been a rewarding time to have our presence be known in our homelands, for our grandparents who began this journey for us all, it is a good day. History in many instances will be measured by what is done, remembered, and acted upon. The Commitment of the Wenatchee Advisory Group to further the understanding that we remain is paramount. We are pleased to join this remarkable evening to further the understanding that we remain is paramount.
MODERATOR, OPENING PROGRAM

Elliat Graney-Saucke

MODERATOR, OPENING PROGRAM & LTR | Elliat Graney-Saucke is Executive Director of Seattle Documentary Association and Director/Producer of the feature documentary “Boys on the Inside” about three Latinx ‘boys’ who have experienced incarceration in women’s prisons. Elliat completed a multi-year Our Town oral history project for the National Performance Network (New Orleans) in 2018 and is now building an Arts Leadership Program for the Certified Creative Districts of ArtsWA. While based in Berlin, Germany 2009-2015, Elliat produced video, performed, organized international queer festivals and cultural heritage conferences, as well as obtaining an MA in World Heritage Studies. Elliat has produced over 20 short films, filmed in 9 countries, and screened in 13 countries, and is in concept phase for a third feature documentary about a radical Israeli/Palestinian sex worker performance artists at odds with the anti-Deutsche. www.elliat-creative.com | www.contrastvisionproductions.com
PANELIST, LTR | Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD, is an award-winning filmmaker whose internationally screened documentaries include stories of resilience of Liberian women and children refugees in Ghana; three generations of Black families in an urban neighborhood; and a film ethnography of stories from folklore started by Zora Neale Hurston in Alabama's AfricaTown. She is currently in post-production of her documentary Since I Been Down on education, organizing and healing developed and led by incarcerated women and men in Washington State’s prisons. For over a decade Sheppard has taught sociology classes in Washington State prisons and is a co-founder and faculty for FEPPS- Freedom Education for Puget Sound an organization offering college credited courses at Washington Correctional Center for Women. Gilda is faculty at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. www.jimmielewisproductions.com

Gilda Sheppard

PANELIST, LTR | Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD, is an award-winning filmmaker whose internationally screened documentaries include stories of resilience of Liberian women and children refugees in Ghana; three generations of Black families in an urban neighborhood; and a film ethnography of stories from folklore started by Zora Neale Hurston in Alabama’s AfricaTown. She is currently in post-production of her documentary Since I Been Down on education, organizing and healing developed and led by incarcerated women and men in Washington State’s prisons. For over a decade Sheppard has taught sociology classes in Washington State prisons and is a co-founder and faculty for FEPPS- Freedom Education for Puget Sound an organization offering college credited courses at Washington Correctional Center for Women. Gilda is faculty at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. www.jimmielewisproductions.com
PANELIST, LTR | Inye Wokoma is a Seattle based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist with a background in journalism. As an artist and media creator his work explores of the complex ways black life in the African Diaspora represents an emerging phenomenology in human beingness. www.ijoarts.com | www.inyewokoma.com | www.wanawari.org

Inye Wokoma

PANELIST, LTR | Inye Wokoma is a Seattle based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist with a background in journalism. As an artist and media creator his work explores of the complex ways black life in the African Diaspora represents an emerging phenomenology in human beingness. www.ijoarts.com | www.inyewokoma.com | www.wanawari.org
PANELIST, LTR | Amy Benson owns Nonfiction Media and is a founding member of Seattle Documentary Association. Since 2008, she has been working on a documentary trilogy about one family in Nepal. Drawing the Tiger, the first film, was a granted project of the Sundance Institute, Fork Films and recipient of the Points North Fellowship. It premiered at Hot Docs in April 2015 and screened in over 40 festivals worldwide. The sequel, The Eldest Son, premiered at the Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival in 2017. Amy is in production for the third film in the series, Literate, focusing on the first educated generation in the family and filmed by the subjects themselves. She is currently in pre-production for Age of Porn, a feature documentary chronically the state of sex education in America through the lens of progressive sex educators. She is also co-producing From Here, a film following four young second generation immigrants in their search for belonging. www.nonfictionmedia.com

Amy Benson

PANELIST, LTR | Amy Benson owns Nonfiction Media and is a founding member of Seattle Documentary Association. Since 2008, she has been working on a documentary trilogy about one family in Nepal. Drawing the Tiger, the first film, was a granted project of the Sundance Institute, Fork Films and recipient of the Points North Fellowship. It premiered at Hot Docs in April 2015 and screened in over 40 festivals worldwide. The sequel, The Eldest Son, premiered at the Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival in 2017. Amy is in production for the third film in the series, Literate, focusing on the first educated generation in the family and filmed by the subjects themselves. She is currently in pre-production for Age of Porn, a feature documentary chronically the state of sex education in America through the lens of progressive sex educators. She is also co-producing From Here, a film following four young second generation immigrants in their search for belonging. www.nonfictionmedia.com
MODERATOR, EDITING | Amy Enser is a passionate editor and director with over 10 years of professional experience in Seattle, WA. From racially-charged educational experiments in the ‘60s to social stigmas around our homeless populations, Amy has a gift for finding the heart of a story and revealing inspiring human moments. Her debut feature documentary, The Long Haul, premiered at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival is currently screening around the world. She currently writes, directs and edits for outdoor retail company REI and is a current Board Member of SeaDoc. www.vimeo.com/higherames

Amy Enser

MODERATOR, EDITING | Amy Enser is a passionate editor and director with over 10 years of professional experience in Seattle, WA. From racially-charged educational experiments in the ‘60s to social stigmas around our homeless populations, Amy has a gift for finding the heart of a story and revealing inspiring human moments. Her debut feature documentary, The Long Haul, premiered at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival is currently screening around the world. She currently writes, directs and edits for outdoor retail company REI and is a current Board Member of SeaDoc. www.vimeo.com/higherames
PANELIST, EDITING | Dina Guttmann traded a love for architecture for a love of editing unscripted documentary films in 1996. She has edited films of all shapes and sizes, including The Last Royals (National Geographic Specials), A Healing Art (POV Award at the 2009 International Doc Challenge), A Self-Made Man (Margaret Mead Film Festival), and How to Lose Your Virginity (DOC NYC). Dina splits her time between New York and Seattle. www.dovetailfilms.com

Dina Guttmann

PANELIST, EDITING | Dina Guttmann traded a love for architecture for a love of editing unscripted documentary films in 1996. She has edited films of all shapes and sizes, including The Last Royals (National Geographic Specials), A Healing Art (POV Award at the 2009 International Doc Challenge), A Self-Made Man (Margaret Mead Film Festival), and How to Lose Your Virginity (DOC NYC). Dina splits her time between New York and Seattle. www.dovetailfilms.com
PANELIST, EDITING | Eric Frith was editor and co-writer for 'The Wild’ awarded best documentary at the 2019 Breckenridge Film Festival, he was editor and co-writer for ‘Down the Fence’ which won the audience award at the 2017 San Luis Obisbo Film Festival, Award of Excellence at the IndieFEST film awards, and a Spur award from Western Writers of America, He was story editor for ‘Big Sonia’ which premiered in 2016 and has won 2 best documentary awards and 5 audience awards including one of each from the Napa Valley Film Festival. He also edited and co-wrote ‘The Breach’ which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014 where it won Best International Feature Documentary. He edited director Megan Griffiths’ ‘Eden’ (2012), which premiered and won the Audience Award at SXSW along with 1st Runner Up for Best Film at SIFF. He just finished editing the documentaries: The Bowmakers, The Prison Within and This Being Human, and is currently editing the film adaptation of David Guterson’s novel, 'East of the Mountains’. www.byrdproductions.com

Eric Frith

PANELIST, EDITING | Eric Frith was editor and co-writer for ‘The Wild’ awarded best documentary at the 2019 Breckenridge Film Festival, he was editor and co-writer for ‘Down the Fence’ which won the audience award at the 2017 San Luis Obisbo Film Festival, Award of Excellence at the IndieFEST film awards, and a Spur award from Western Writers of America, He was story editor for ‘Big Sonia’ which premiered in 2016 and has won 2 best documentary awards and 5 audience awards including one of each from the Napa Valley Film Festival. He also edited and co-wrote ‘The Breach’ which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014 where it won Best International Feature Documentary. He edited director Megan Griffiths’ ‘Eden’ (2012), which premiered and won the Audience Award at SXSW along with 1st Runner Up for Best Film at SIFF. He just finished editing the documentaries: The Bowmakers, The Prison Within and This Being Human, and is currently editing the film adaptation of David Guterson’s novel, ‘East of the Mountains’. www.byrdproductions.com
PANELIST, EDITING

Sandy Jeglum

PANELIST, EDITING & MODERATOR, WORKS IN PROGRESS | Sandy Jeglum is a documentary video editor and producer with over a decade of experience creating short and feature-length films. Sandy focuses on telling stories that support gender equity, including web shorts for KIVA (2013), Foundation for Women (2013), America Rise (in-production), and most recently the short film, Concerning Contraception (2019). Sandy was the co-producer/assistant editor of the award-winning feature documentary CRAZYWISE (2017) and co-producer/editor of the award-winning feature documentary Headhunt Revisited (2017). Driven by the power of storytelling, Sandy’s passion lies in creating captivating, human-centered stories through expand perceptions, increase empathy, and promote social change. www.vimeo.com/sandyjeglum
MODERATOR, CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE HIKE | Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, PBS NewsHour, and she is a 4-time Emmy winner for short feature videos in the Arts, Culture, and Human Interest.

Aileen Imperial

MODERATOR, CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE HIKE | Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, PBS NewsHour, and she is a 4-time Emmy winner for short feature videos in the Arts, Culture, and Human Interest.
KEYNOTE

Basil Shadid

KEYNOTE & PANELIST, DISTRIBUTION | Basil Shadid is a documentary filmmaker whose credits include Academy Award nominated, Emmy winning, and Audience award winning films. Recent titles include Angels Are Made of Light by director James Longley which is currently doing a US theatrical run , and Drag Becomes Him by director Alex Berry which is available online through various streaming platforms. He’s interested in producing films that promote empathy, connection, and self acceptance. www.basilshadid.com
PANELIST, DISTRIBUTION | Zakir Thaver’s primary interests are biopics and science media. His fourteen year long labor of love documentary feature on the life of Dr. Abdus Salam—which he developed, researched and produced—bagged over 6 International Best Documentary awards and garnered critical acclaim. It was screened in over 30 cities worldwide and will be on an online streaming platform soon. Zakir has previously worked as a Consultant for ITV Studios (formerly Granada America) in New York. He produced a UNESCO funded science TV series in Pakistan. Zakir was involved in curriculum development as well as distance learning via TV at the Aga Khan University. He studied physics at the College of Wooster, Ohio, USA. www.kailoola.com/salam/

Zakir Thaver

PANELIST, DISTRIBUTION | Zakir Thaver’s primary interests are biopics and science media. His fourteen year long labor of love documentary feature on the life of Dr. Abdus Salam—which he developed, researched and produced—bagged over 6 International Best Documentary awards and garnered critical acclaim. It was screened in over 30 cities worldwide and will be on an online streaming platform soon. Zakir has previously worked as a Consultant for ITV Studios (formerly Granada America) in New York. He produced a UNESCO funded science TV series in Pakistan. Zakir was involved in curriculum development as well as distance learning via TV at the Aga Khan University. He studied physics at the College of Wooster, Ohio, USA. www.kailoola.com/salam/
PANELIST, DISTRIBUTION | MJ Isakson is a filmmaker and content marketing consultant from Washington. Her debut feature documentary, Down the Fence, won Audience Award for Best Documentary at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, the Spur Award for Best Documentary Script from Western Writers of America, and was selected for the American Film Showcase—a film diplomacy program organized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Down The Fence screened internationally and is available on multiple platforms, including Netflix. MJ is currently working on a short that will be filmed in Washington. She has a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Computer Science. www.mjisakson.com

MJ Isakson

PANELIST, DISTRIBUTION | MJ Isakson is a filmmaker and content marketing consultant from Washington. Her debut feature documentary, Down the Fence, won Audience Award for Best Documentary at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, the Spur Award for Best Documentary Script from Western Writers of America, and was selected for the American Film Showcase—a film diplomacy program organized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Down The Fence screened internationally and is available on multiple platforms, including Netflix. MJ is currently working on a short that will be filmed in Washington. She has a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Computer Science. www.mjisakson.com

ABOUT DOCFOREST

The Seattle Documentary Association (SeaDoc) is excited to relaunch DocForest —a weekend retreat for documentary and non-fiction storytellers, taking place at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, WA. Engaging in the current landscape of doc films, various technical best practices, ethical discourse in storytelling, and much more, this weekend will be enriching for a wide range of media makers and industry professionals.
Program concentrations:
Broadening the Industry: Geographic Equity
LTR: Long Term Relationships/Projects and Self Care
Editing/Post-Production Best Practices
Choose Your Own Adventure: Nature + Social Hangs
Works in Progress: Engaging with Process
Sustainable storytelling: Bridging community, impact, money, and mental health
Distribution Strategies & Opportunities
 
The retreat begins with Dinner and Evening Programming on Friday evening, a full day of programming on Saturday, including a Choose Your Own Adventure and evening Keynote, and ends on Sunday late afternoon with Closing Session and Giveaways! 
All meals will be provided by outside catering. Dietary restrictions will be addressed in food menu (make sure to let us know needs when you register). Bedding is provided in the shared cabins on and near by the Icicle Creek Arts Center campus where DocForest is taking place. All you need to bring is yourself, personal items (clothes for all weather, pajamas, toiletries/extra towel, a hammock if you want) and any promo materials for your work. 
DocForest is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to network, share your projects and recharge your creative energies through validation and community building.
We look forward to seeing you at DocForest 2019!
-Seattle Documentary Association’s Board of Directors

SCHEDULE

4:00pm – 6:00pm ARRIVAL / CHECK-IN

6:00pm – 6:30pm SPEED DATING 

Our fast and furious icebreaker is a great way to kick off the weekend and start meeting your fellow media makers. Prepare to share your 1 minute elevator pitch for a current or dream project with fellow DocForest attendees.

6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner

7:30pm – 9:00pm OPENING PROGRAM & CEREMONY

Opening Ceremony with members of the Wenatchi Tribe for a land acknowledgement followed by presentations by outstanding local production companies so we can get better acquainted with those east of the mountains!

9:00pm BONFIRE  

You supply the conversation and we supply a roaring fire.

8:30am- 9:30am BREAKFAST 

9:30am- 11:00am LTR: LONG TERM RELATIONSHIPS / PROJECTS AND SELF CARE

Talking about the LTR aspects of long-term documentaries, ways to take care of yourself through challenges that come up personally and professionally throughout creative process.

11:00am – 11:30am BREAK

11:30am – 1:00pm EDITING / POST PRODUCTION BEST PRACTICES

Panel discussion with editors and industry professionals who will hash out their best practices, tips and thoughts on editing and building story specific to documentary filmmaking. 

1:00pm – 2:00pm LUNCH

2:00 – 4:00pm CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

We want you to take advantage of this opportunity to unplug and experience the landscape! We’ll have a guided hike or folks can access our hammock hangout area, lay in the grass and chat, journal, or nap. Do you.

OR, this is a time to self-initiate discussions / workshops you want/need, such as: people of color only space for doc media makers, ethical dilemmas in interviewing subjects, motherhood/parenting in filmmaking, creating a meditation space, etc. This time is yours!

4:00pm – 5:00pm WORKS IN PROGRESS (P1)

Signing up ahead of time is required. Short intros, show 5 min clip of current work, get feedback forms. 

5:15-7:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: BASIL SHADID

Sustainable storytelling: Bridging community, impact, money, and mental health

7:00pm – 8:00pm DINNER

8:00pm – 9:00pm WORKS IN PROGRESS (P2)

Signing up ahead of time is required. Short intros, show 5 min clip of current work, get feedback forms. 

9pm BONFIRE

8:30am- 9:30am BREAKFAST

9:30am- 10:30am WORKS IN PROGRESS (P3)

Signing up ahead of time is required. Short intros, show 5 min clip of current work, get feedback forms. 

10:45am – 12:00pm DISTRIBUTION PANEL

Festival, broadcasting and other aspects of distribution are addressed by industry speakers and filmmakers, laying out tips and current realities.

12:00-1:00pm LUNCH

1:00-2:00pm CLOSING SESSION & CEREMONY

Giveaway treats for media makers with closing ceremony, feedback on the relaunch of DocForest and plans for next year!

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