DocForest 2019

Leavenworth, WA

September 13 – 15

Full Weekend $465

Sept 13 -15

- All Activities

- All Meals Included

- Room and Board

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Saturday Only $245

Sept 14

- All Saturday Activities

- All Saturday Meals Included

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Sept 13 - 15

- All Activities

- All Meals Included

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SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE | 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

Basil Shadid

KEYNOTE | 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, LTR | Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD, is an award-winning filmmaker who has screened her documentaries throughout the United States, and internationally in Ghana, West Africa, at the Festival Afrique Cannes Film Festival, and in Germany at the International Black Film Festival in Berlin. Sheppard is a 2017 Hedgebrook Fellow for documentary film and a 2019 recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship. Her 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 a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. www.jimmielewisproductions.com

Gilda Sheppard

PANELIST, LTR | Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD, is an award-winning filmmaker who has screened her documentaries throughout the United States, and internationally in Ghana, West Africa, at the Festival Afrique Cannes Film Festival, and in Germany at the International Black Film Festival in Berlin. Sheppard is a 2017 Hedgebrook Fellow for documentary film and a 2019 recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship. Her 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 a member of the 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, 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, EDITING | Dina Guttman 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 Guttman

PANELIST, EDITING | Dina Guttman 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 served as editor and co-writer for the documentary The Breach which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014 where it won best international feature documentary. From the Sky won the international humanitarian award grand prize at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, and The Hero Pose which has now screened at over 20 festivals. Eric’s latest release, Song of the New Earth which he edited and co-wrote, screened at the 2014 SIFF and the Illuminate Festival, the film is now screening theatrically around the U.S. www.crazywisefilm.com

Eric Frith

PANELIST, EDITING | Eric Frith served as editor and co-writer for the documentary The Breach which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014 where it won best international feature documentary. From the Sky won the international humanitarian award grand prize at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, and The Hero Pose which has now screened at over 20 festivals. Eric’s latest release, Song of the New Earth which he edited and co-wrote, screened at the 2014 SIFF and the Illuminate Festival, the film is now screening theatrically around the U.S. www.crazywisefilm.com
DocForest 2019

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
Indie “Success” and Scaled Producing within Industry
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 EVENING PROGRAM / OPENING 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- 11:15am 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.

11:15am – 11:45am BREAK

11:45am – 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. Shortly intros, show 5 min clip of current work, gets 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. 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. 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!

Sponsors

DocForest 2019