Documentary Roundtable DC: Navigating Someone Else's Story

Jan 09, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Interface Media

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Event Description

The Documentary Roundtable is a joint program of Docs In Progress and Women and Film and Video. These free meetings switch off between Washington DC and Silver Spring. The Washington DC meetings are organized by Women in Film and Video and are focused on getting expert advice on topics related to documentary filmmaking. The Silver Spring meetings are organized by Docs In Progress and focused on peer feedback. Both meetings include time for networking. 

All Documentary Roundtable meetings are FREE for WIFV members and Docs Insiders, and $10 for all others. This is a great way to get to know others in the DC-area documentary filmmaking community, build your network and know-how, and find out about other offerings of these two organizations.

Tonight's program is organized and facilitated by Matthew Radcliff.


Navigating the River: the Complexities of Telling Someone Else's Story

​Documentary films often provide a window into perspectives, cultures and communities unfamiliar to audiences. When the filmmaker is not from that same community, the telling of these stories can be rife with myriad challenges associated with race, class and power dynamics. What are the ethical guideposts that go into telling someone else's story with integrity? Local filmmaker Brandon Kramer shares hard-earned advice from his experience directing the feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES (PBS/World Channel America ReFramed), which largely takes place in DC's Ward 8 East of the Anacostia River, and ethical lessons learned from his collaboration with Chicago's Kartemquin Films.

Suggested reading in advance of the roundtable: CITY OF TREES editor Edwin Martinez' essay in the June 2016 issue of Documentary Magazine, Navigating the River: The Hidden Colonialism of Documentary.

A huge thanks to Interface Media Group for hosting this event! 


Brandon Kramer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, media arts educator, and co-founder of DC-based production company Meridian Hill Pictures. A current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellow, Brandon is the director of the award-winning feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES (Full Frame Documentary Festival, America Reframed/PBS), and co-founder of the award-winning Youth Documentary Program. Since 2010, Brandon has produced over 20 short documentaries commissioned by nonprofits. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in film production and cultural anthropology from Boston University.


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Networking

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Presentation and Q&A


$10 for general public.
Free for WIFV Members and Docs In Progress Docs Insiders Premium Members. WIFV members should be logged into WIFV website to register online. Docs Insiders can use same promo code you use for Docs In Progress programs)

Register through WIFV website.

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