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A Conversation on Ethical Storytelling

Co-presented with TheFilmSchool

Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30 pm
Roy Street Coffee and Tea

Please join us as we discuss the critical decisions made by storytellers shining a light on people and topics that are often underrepresented in the media. The panel’s discussion will explore a variety of personal accounts and themes, such as how the filmmaking process demands the dissection of the filmmakers’ own considerations in the films they are creating.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
The Personal Essay as Art
Suffering as Entertainment
Framing Taboo
Responsibility of the Artist
The Outsider Looking In

FEATURING:

ELIAICHI KIMARO (Director/Producer/Writer/DP – A LOT LIKE YOU)
Activist-turned-filmmaker, Eliaichi is the founder/director of 9elephants Productions, a company that uses video to bring stories of struggle, resistance and survival to a broader audience.
Eliaichi will discuss the ethics of personal storytelling (1st person docs & family docs), and ethical considerations when making cross-cultural docs.

A Lot Like You explores issues of trauma, global mixed race experience, gender violence, and class tensions within family; the importance of discovering who we are and how we decide what to pass on to our next generation.

ELISA LEVINE (Co-Director/Producer – SWEETHEART DEAL)
Elisa has spent much of her life fascinated with story-driven documentaries about marginalized subcultures. Elisa was Assistant Editor, Lead Researcher, and Assistant to the Director for Robinson Devor’s dark and controversial documentary ZOO, about zoophiles in rural Washington.

GABRIEL MILLER (Co-Director/Producer/DP – SWEETHEART DEAL)
Gabriel’s work includes the Oscar-nominated KINGS POINT, which aired on HBO. Gabriel has produced a number of short documentaries for the George Lucas Educational Foundation. He is currently Director of Photography on an upcoming HBO documentary by Liz Garbus.

Together, the two worked on Sweetheart Deal, a document of women trapped in street prostitution by crippling heroin addictions. A weathered old man named Gray Cloud offers hope, care and refuge within his battered RV home in exchange for their company.

DINA GUTTMANN (Editor – A HEALING ART, HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY)
Dina joined the documentary film world in 1996 as an editor with a deep love of unscripted documentaries. Dina’s work has aired on PBS with successful screenings in the film festival circuit.

The documentary, How To Lose Your Virginity travels through the worlds of religion, history, pop culture, and $30 replacement hymens in this eye-opening irreverent documentary about a rite of passage that everyone thinks about but few truly understand.

NEIL FERRON (Writer/Director – THE BRUTE LAND OF VIRGINIA)

The Brute Land Virginia is a 17th-century Pilgrim erotic thriller (with a queer/sci-fi climax). A mythical boy-chief, a dying colony, forbidden love. Funded by 4Culture and Washington Filmworks’ Innovation Lab.

JULIO RAMIREZ (Director – NOTHING AGAINST LIFE, SIGNS EVERYWHERE)
Julio grew up in Colombia, where magic realism was something that surrounded him everyday. Julio’s work explores his interest in thinking about how we perceive life through fantastical elements; how we perceive things not how THEY are, but how WE are.

Signs Everywhere follows a man’s attempt to disconnect from his reality, which results in an unusual visualization of signs from other people’s struggles.

YOUR EVENING’S MODERATORS:

STEPHEN ANUNSON (Director – KENBE LA ~ HOLD ON, TIME AND PLACE)
Kenbe La ~ Hold on was filmed before and after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Kenbe La is a testament to the power of music to bring communities together amongst the most challenging circumstances.

GISELLA BUSTILLOS (Director, Writer – A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME TRAVEL, BAKED)
A Brief History of Time Travel is a documentary exploring the history, pop culture, and fascination with time travel, and explores how the phenomenon has inspired humans across borders and generations.


Baked is a fun, lighthearted web series where charming hostess Patsy, an 84-yr old grandmother, and co-host Chef Rocky of Bourgeoisie Brunches, navigate through the new and every changing world of cannabis.