SundanceNow Doc Club brings three enticing panels to Park City throughout the next week, all of which are tied to the digital programming already on offer via the documentary streaming service. The panels will focus on short films, black lives on film and documenting celebrities, with featured panelists including award-winning directors Lucy Walker, Liz Garbus, Morgan Neville and Daniel Junge. Full info below.
Panels go down at the SundanceTV HQ and will be moderated by SundanceNow Doc Club Curator and documentary impresario Thom Powers. Panels will stream online in the coming weeks.
Also, check out Doc Club’s Sundance Festival Favorites program, curated by festival programmers including Sundance’s Director of Programming Trevor Groth. Now available online, the slate includes “5 Broken Cameras,” “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” “Black Power Mixtape,” “Hoop Dreams,” “The Weather Underground,” “The Red Chapel” and more.
Short Films Are the New Long (Saturday, January 25, 12:00pm SundanceTV)
Panelists: Lucy Walker, Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki, Katie Metcalfe
Today is a golden age for short documentaries with ever-expanding outlets. For documentary makers, the short format allows them to work more quickly, reach wider audiences and go viral. In this panel, Sundance filmmakers known for their feature-length work discuss why they’re embracing the short form. This panel will serve as a complement to SundanceNow Doc Club’s digital program of Sundance Shorts Spotlight, curated by Sundance Programmer Mike Plante and available online beginning Wednesday, January 28.
Black Lives on Film (Monday, January 26, 12:00pm SundanceTV)
Panelists: Stanley Nelson, Lyric Cabral, Dawn Porter, Liz Garbus
For several decades, the lives and histories of African-Americans were largely neglected in mainstream cinema. But things are changing as fiction and documentary makers fill that gap. In this panel, Sundance documentary makers who have focused on black lives, both contemporary and historical, discuss their opportunities and challenges. The panel will serve as a preview for SundanceNow Doc Club’s upcoming program for Black History Month, which will premiere online on Monday, February 2.
Documenting Celebrities (Wednesday, January 28, 12:00pm SundanceTV)
Panelists: Morgan Neville, Brett Morgen, Stevan Riley, Kristina Goolsby, Daniel Junge
Getting to the truth in the lives of celebrities can be a difficult path through families, gatekeepers, copyright holders and powerful interests. In this panel, Sundance documentary makers discuss their discoveries, roadblocks and breakthroughs on films. In Spring 2015, SundanceNow Doc Club will present a program of Nick Broomfield documentaries, which include many celebrity figures.