Applying the finishing touches in the editing room can be the most technically and creatively challenging parts of documentary filmmaking, but what if you were given three days with top industry talent — including an Oscar nominee — to guide you through that process? This is not a hypothetical, but a reality created by the Tribeca Film Institute and A&E IndieFilms. Their Documentary StoryLab program, now in its second year, selects five documentaries that are in the editing stage and conducts an intensive workshop for the filmmakers.
The five selected this year are “Franco. A Documentary,” by Lisa Vangellow, about a year in the life of James Franco; “Untitled,” by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, about the redemption of a disgraced public figure; “The National Lampoon Project,” by Douglas Tirola, about the writers, actors and artists that revolutionized American humor; “The Peacemaker,” by James Demo, about the life of Padraig O’Malley, who works a peacemaking model in conflict zones based on his recovery from addiction; and “The Wolfpack Project,” by Crystal S. Moselle, about the claustrophobic childhoods and escape of Lower East Side teenagers.
Tribeca and A&E will host the event at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. In attendance for master classes in the editing process will be Oscar nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Loki Films, whose “Jesus Camp” was produced by A&E IndieFilms. Also attending as mentors will be Julie Goldman, Chris Clements and Carolyn Hepburn of Motto Pictures, director and producer Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story), Producer Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Tribeca Film Festival Programmers Cara Cusumano and Sharon Badal.
More information on the networking opportunities and educational programs offered by Tribeca, check out the TFI website.