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Getting Real 2016: IDA and AMPAS Announce Conference Guests, Including Ava DuvVernay and Steve James

Now in its second year, the annual conference has rolled out a starry lineup.

Ava DuVernay on the set of “Selma”

Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced the lineup and additional keynote presentations for Getting Real ‘16, its biennial filmmaker-to-filmmaker conference inaugurated by the IDA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2014.

The three-day conference, which will be held September 27-29 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and other locations in Hollywood, will include keynotes, conversations with filmmakers and interactive presentations exploring the art and craft of documentary, along with their exclusive “Here’s What Really Happened” sessions, which go behind the scenes into the making and distribution of recent documentaries.

READ MORE: Cameraperson’ Trailer: Kirsten Johnson’s Acclaimed Documentary Is a Cinematic Self-Portrait

This year will also see a new focus on the evolution of documentary, including a VR Doc Summit.

Keynote speakers for the latest incarnation of Getting Real include filmmakers Ava DuVernay, Shola Lynch, Ezra Edelman, Roger Ross Williams and Steve James, along with the president and co-founder of Firelight Media, Marcia Smith and award-winning producer Julie Goldman.

READ MORE: ‘Voyage of Time’ Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Ambitious Documentary Looks Stunning

The conference, co-presented by the Academy, will feature three additional special events open to the public:

– Monday, September 26, 7:30pm – Digital Diaspora Family Reunion with Thomas Allen Harris

– Wednesday, September 28, 7pm – Adventures and Discoveries in Early Documentaries: Kukan (1941) & Aloha Wanderwell Baker

– Thursday, September 29, 7:30pm – StoryWorks: The Overnighters – An original storytelling experience exploring the intersection of documentary film, investigative journalism and live performance.

You can check out a partial lineup of events, speakers and panels at the conference’s official site.

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