Acad slates Docu Congress

Event skedded for Oct. 28-30

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the International Documentary Association on Thursday announced the program of events for the third International Documentary Congress, to be held Oct. 28-30 at the Academy.

The slate includes seminars and workshops on making, financing and distributing documentary productions.

Documentarians, journalists and academics who will participate as panelists and moderators include producer David L. Wolper, the BBC’s Nick Fraser and Banff Television Festival president Patrick Ferns.

Among the event’s programs, “Docs Rock,” on Oct. 28, will showcase some of the most memorable docus about rock ‘n’ roll performers. Director Michael Apted (“Nell,” “Gorillas in the Mist”) will introduce the evening and Elvis Mitchell, a commentator for KCRW-FM, will moderate the panel discussion. Also that day, there will be a screening of “Everest” at the IMAX theater.

“Docs That Shook the World,” on Oct. 29, will illustrate the power of documentary films in shaping Western culture. Clips from a selection of films will be screened as commentators discuss the impact of each.

Following is a partial schedule of workshops and seminars:

  • Oct. 28: Starting a documentary career; the BBC’s “Storyville;” historical and biographical documentaries; documentary film festivals outside the U.S.; and international co-productions.

  • Oct. 29: New media technologies; use of archival material; and Eastern European, South American, Chinese, Pacific Rim and African documentarians.

  • Oct. 30: Writing for the documentary; censorship; Middle Eastern documentarians; internet sites that market and sell documentaries; and model pitches.

For registration and ticket information, call (310) 247-3000, ext. 176.

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