Workshops, Panels, Roundtables and Story Circles

Friday, June 10, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm

How does investigative journalism survive and thrive? How do journalists, documentary filmmakers and freelancers get their story, get it seen and get paid in the process?


Joaquin Alvarado, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Investigative Reporting
Carrie Lozano, Producer, The Weather Underground
Samantha Grant, Founder/Director, Gush Productions
Tara Lohan, Managing Editor, Water Deeply

Tabitha Jackson came to Sundance two years ago and has quickly made a mark. Building on the legacy of the Documentary Film Program, she’s adding a new focus on supporting the filmmaker rather than the project. Join her for a roundtable discussion on what that means for filmmakers and the field.

Tabitha Jackson, Director, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute

Native American filmmakers use new ways to share Indigenous knowledge and engage younger audiences.

Shirley Sneve, Moderator, Executive Director, Vision Maker Media
Adrian Baker (Hopi), Filmmaker, “Injunuity”
Charles Boots Kennedye (Kiowa), Producer, “Growing Native”
Jeffery Palmer (Kiowa), Filmmaker, “Isabelle’s Garden”

Are community screenings the new national release? Art-house theaters, destination festivals and theatrical on-demand are where it’s at for independent filmmakers seeking theatrical exhibition. Programmers and industry leaders tell us how they work, and what’s in it for you.

Dave Cowen, Executive Director, Roxie Theater
Sean Flynn, Director, Camden Film Festival
Matt Chandler, Producer, Outreach & Distribution, Open Studio Productions
Felicia Pride, Director, Independent Film, TUGG
Denah Johnston, Cinema Studies Professor & Filmmaker, City College of San Francisco

You joined us for dinner, now find out how it all started. At this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the interconnected roots of The 50 State Dinner Party Project, including NAMAC’s larger vision of collective action, the Bay Area’s ecosystem of youth media and creative youth development, and the origins of the central question: What are our desired futures? (Hint: Thank you Appalshop!) Participants will walk away from the session with a much deeper sense of the project’s goals and vision as well as a toolkit for hosting a local dinner party.

Jason Wyman, Founder, 14 Black Poppies
Jamiel Alexander, President, YouthBuild National Alumni Council and Consulting Producer, NAMAC Youth Media Network

Your space to create new alliances!

WORKSHOP: What Works in VR Storytelling
Virtual Reality technology might be exploding, but how much attention are we paying to what kind of stories actually work in virtual reality? What questions should we ask before we start experimenting? At this workshop you’ll get insight from the Google VR team and learn how folks across disciplines are using Cardboard and Spotlight Stories to explore the new medium. At the end of the hour, you’ll hear some of the latest news from Google I/O about what the future holds for VR storytelling.

Todd Shaiman, Head of Content Strategy, Google VR
Karen Dufilho-Rosen, Executive Producer, Spotlight Stories

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Museums have long been considered gatekeepers to cultural value and information – they provided the public with a privileged access to objects and wisdom not otherwise accessible. Now that digital technology is driving human communication, how have museums responded to the paradigm shift? Can interactive storytelling and social media bring the community in, and the take the museum out of its marble walls? On this provocative panel, digital arts and communications strategists will share how their exhibition strategies and new programming, both analog and digital, are catalyzing political discourse + social transformation.

Afua Kafi-Akua, Senior Manager, Uris Center for Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Marco Castro Cosio, MediaLab Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Chrissy Farrier, CEO & Founder, Uzeeum
Lucy Redoglia, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Konda Mason, Producer, Impact Hub Oakland

The National Association of Media Literacy Education defines Media Literacy as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act using all forms of communication. It empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens. When young people learn to be media makers and artists, job-focused technical and digital training often overshadows media literacy. This participatory workshop offers dynamic and creative examples for integrating media literacy in to youth media project development and learning models. Experts in the field will share best practices, success stories (and maybe a failure or two) of how to incorporate media literacy concepts into community-based creative programs to enhance and deepen the youth media experience.

Michelle Lipkin, Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
Joanna Parsont, Education Specialist, NAMLE
Lucia Palmarini, Production and Pathways Mgr, Free Spirit Media

The opportunity to advance change through non-fiction storytelling has never been greater; the number and variety of funders and partners continues to expand.  Crafting partnerships and connecting with issue-area funders requires a clear strategy; yet funding to develop a smart, effective, actionable strategy remains scarce.  How might we share information and human resources more effectively to address this gap?  What are potential models for sustaining this vital practice?

Eliza Licht, VP, Content Strategy, POV
Emily Verellen, Sr. Director of Programs, Fledgling Fund
Elise McCave, Deputy Director, BRITDOC
Sahar Driver, Impact Producer
Michael Premo, Impact Producer

At 36, with new leadership, an expanded mission, and a committed Board of Directors, NAMAC is seriously evolving! Come meet some Board members, have coffee with us, learn more about what’s new at NAMAC — and add your voice to the collective vision informing the future of the organization. We want to hear from our members about how NAMAC can best serve, guide, mentor and grow the field.

Kasandra VerBrueggen, Executive Director, Spy Hop Productions
Brian Frye, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky
Anula Shetty, Co-Director, Termite TV
Amanda Mcdonald Crowley, Independent Curator & Culture Worker

With the rise of the B Corp and a range of hybrid business models, it’s hard to know whether a new creative venture should form a nonprofit, an LLC, or something in between. And  what should be the deciding factors in that decision? Meet leaders that have successfully navigated this journey and experts in the field of philanthropy and social science.

Paco de Onis, Executive Director/Executive Producer, Skylight
Pamela Yates, Cofounder, Skylight Pictures and Creative Director, Skylight
Ken Ikeda, Artist, Civic IP
Jigar Mehta, Innovation Strategist
George William Price, Distribution Manager, Video Databank
Richard Perez, Producer of Creative Partnerships, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

Your space to create new alliances!

WORKSHOP: Expeditions

Expeditions is a collaborative Virtual Reality platform built for classrooms. Google worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 150 journeys intended to immerse young folks in fresh new experiences. Using a tablet, teachers guide students wearing VR viewers. What’s YOUR Journey?

Sarah Steele, Google VR Program Manager

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Imagine working with a funding partner who shares a vision to explore the magic and mystery of being human; an institution whose currency is based on the poetry, not the polemic, of the human experience. Your state humanities council is a secret treasure trove of opportunities! Come hear from three local filmmaker teams: Chihiro Wimbush & Amir Soltani (Dogtown Redemption), Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones (Acadamy Award-nominee Last Day of Freedom) and Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway (The Return) who have been working with California Humanities’ California Documentary Project over the last few years — with incredible results.

John Lightfoot, Program Officer California Humanities, moderator
Chihiro Wimbush, Filmmaker, Redemption
Amir Soltani, Filmmaker, Redemption
Katie Galloway, Filmmaker, The Return
Kelly Duane de la Vega, Filmmaker, The Return
Dee Hibbert-Jones, Filmmaker, Last Day of Freedom
Nomi Talisman, Filmmaker, Last Day of Freedom

In the wake of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, (the next generation of No Child Left Behind) states in every region of this country are facing some critical decisions about arts education because of the new law.  In this interactive session, Jeff Poulin from Americans for the Arts will let us know what we really need to know about ESSA, de-mystify the complexities of the new arts education ecosystem, and provide everyone an opportunity to customize an action plan for their local advocacy.  

Jeff PoulinArts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Big and medium data illustrate the media impact like never before. Finding meaning in the numbers can be daunting, while funders want to see metrics. New data gathering and analysis tools also create opportunities for compelling data-driven storytelling.  This Brave New World of numbers, trends and infographics can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.  After this panel, you’ll embrace the beauty of information, too.

Anna Lauren Hoffman, Post-doctoral Researcher, School of Information, UC Berkeley
India Hayes, The Duty of Design
Sam Ward, Sr. Digital Producer, Center for Investigative Reporting

Your space to create new alliances!

A hands-on space for a curated selection of VR and other cutting edge high-impact media.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm

A hashtag turned movement, #BlackLivesMatter, was born of social media and is rapidly changing the narrative on race in America. Hear from filmmakers and media professionals on the frontlines of the story of our time.

Melinda Weekes (facilitator), President, Weekes-in-Advance Enterprises
Sonya Childress, Community Engagement Specialist, Firelight Media
Ashara Ekundayo, Co-Founder & CCO, Impact Hub Oakland
N’jeri Eaton, Content Development and Initiative Mgr, ITVS

Radio is at the nexus of innovation in community-connected storytelling. This discussion will offer insights from three leading change-agents working within the public media ecosystem and explore how to make space for innovation. How do we evolve relationship between independent media makers, institutions, and people in the community? Ultimately, how do we ensure that public media is telling stories that are relevant to a growing variety of audiences and reflects the diverse reality of America today? They will present concrete examples, and offer successful models for new ways of storytelling.

Sue Shardt, Executive Director, Association of Independents in Radio
jesikah maria ross, Senior Community Engagement Strategist, Capital Public Radio
Al Letson, Reveal, CIR

Your space to create new alliances!

A Beginners Guide To Virtual Reality for Social Causes

Forget what you know about films, gaming or documentary—everyone agrees that VR is a new medium with a whole new set of rules that haven’t yet been developed. VR filmmaking is still in the trial-and-error stage. Come learn a little about a lot.

Phil Collis, Creative Director, Skoll Foundation

In this hands-on workshop, you will participate in a dynamic, fun and exciting method to access the collective wisdom of a group — for research, for an emerging film project, or for an organization’s outreach to it’s community stakeholders. Using a card-storming method, we will work with a question important to NAMAC members: “For media arts organizations and artists working in the public arena, how are we redefining success in a 21st century digital environment?” You will leave the workshop with an experience of how to use this participatory method for your own creative and strategic work, and also with some surprising new ideas that may emerge around our workshop question itself.

Workshop by Helen De Michiel, Thirty Leaves Production, Founder

1:30pm – 2:45pm

Now that you have broken bread with us and learned more about the roots of The 50 State Dinner Party Project, join us for a working session to plan your local dinner party. During this working session, participants will discover how to leverage existing relationships and resources to host an intergenerational dinner party that continues to cultivate local relationships while simultaneously works towards discovering national trends and issues. Special care and attention will be placed on the specific mechanics and logistics of the dinner party, so everyone feels confident in hosting their own dinner.

Jason Wyman, Founder, 14 Black Poppies
Myah Overstreet

Location: Collective Action Lab at Marriott Convention Center

Your space to create new alliances!

A hands-on space for a curated selection of VR and other cutting edge high-impact media.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

People with disabilities are a largely missing voice in the arts and media. Join a panel of disabled artists in a round table and a Q&A where we talk about disability as culture and how we’re creating exciting art, media and performance.

James LeBrecht, Berkeley Sound Artists
Alice Wong, Founder, Disability Visability Project
Lawrence Carter-Long, Executive Director, Disabilities Network

This panel digs into the ways artists, nonprofits and communities can meet the specific challenges of urban life.  What are the particular challenges and opportunities facing urban communities?  Planning and Zoning policy is one approach to restarting the economic engine of an inner city community, but what about the contributions of arts and culture? When change is being considered on the policy level, who gets to contribute to the discussion.  Although, change is often the battle-cry, what needs to be preserved about a community?

Sunny Widman (moderator), Director, National Arts Strategies
Ebony McKinney, San Francisco Arts Commission
Cristy Johnston-Limon, Executive Director, Destiny Arts Center
Chris Johnson, Artist and Professor, California College of the Arts
Tamara Walker, Outreach Coordinator, Citizen Film

Besides the logistics of school schedules, parents, hunger pangs, and hormones, working with teenagers as subjects in documentary projects raises a myriad of ethical, emotional and creative questions. Using Off and Running and Where Do You Belong as models, we’ll be talking about highly collaborative approaches to documentary and the evolving role of teens as subjects AND collaborators. How do you balance the needs, costs and stakes of creating a feature film or multi-platform media project with a mission to help young people develop their own voices and power?

Nicole Opper, Director, Off and Running
Jason Wyman, Founder, 14 Black Poppies
Izza Anwar, Curator & Youth Advocate, Where Do You Belong
Dawn Valadez, Filmmaker, Going on 13

How can documentaries support change from the ground up? And how does the medium make a difference? This interactive session with Working Films, a leader in the field of storytelling for social change, will explore the intersections and divergent paths of impact campaigns with feature length films, shorts, and visual art. Recognizing media as one of many tools in movement building and social change work, case studies will compare and contrast the role of different documentary forms in efforts ranging from neighborhood initiatives to national advocacy campaigns.

Molly Murphy, Co-Director, Working Films

Your space to create new alliances!

WORKSHOP: PHOTOGRAPHS THAT MOVE: Performing Statistics/Windows from Prison & Oakland Fence Project

This workshop focuses on two projects that represent Interactive Photography on steroids. Windows From Prison* is an ongoing project that uses photography as a way to connect incarcerated men, women, and teens to their past while creating space and humanistic entry points for students, faculty, NGO’s, family members of incarcerated individuals, former prisoners, and policy makers to engage with the sources, impacts, and alternatives to mass incarceration. Oakland Fence Project is designed as all-Oakland, all-the-time, open-source experience. – an app that reads the pixels in a 6-foot image and triggers a video story in your hand.

Come break it down with award-winning Project Director Mark Strandquist and A/R Developer Anselm Hook.