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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tools and Strategies for Making a Difference: A Session with Sundance Storytellers

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Session Description

Join Sundance Institute filmmakers and advisors for an energising session featuring recent case studies, creative strategies and flexible tools for leveraging film effectively. Recent films like Budrus, Revolutionary Optimists and Open Heart are achieving significant results through evolving on-the-ground campaigns. Add in web-based tools and social media and you have a recipe for success. The session will include break-out groups exploring tools to identify effective storylines led by speakers and media advisors including Patrick Creadon, Mona El-Daief, Cori Sheperd Stern, Jess Search and Richard Perez.

When | Where

15:00 - 16:15 Wednesday, April 10 Seminar Room A

Session leaders

  • Julia Bacha Speaker
    Creative Director, Just Vision
    Julia Bacha is an award-winning filmmaker and Creative Director at the non-profit organisation Just Vision. Most recently, she directed and produced the critically-acclaimed feature documentary ‘Budrus’, which won over 18 major international prizes, and the short-film ‘My Neighbourhood’ (co-directed by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi), which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. Julia is the recipient of the 2009 King Hussein Leadership Prize and the 2012 PUMA Impact Award. Her TEDtalk, ‘Pay Attention to Nonviolence’ has been viewed by over a million people worldwide.
  • Wendy Levy Speaker
    Executive Director, National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture
    WENDY LEVY is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, an organization committed to facilitating innovation, collaboration, strategic growth and cultural impact for the media arts field. Prior to this, Wendy was a Senior Consultant at the Sundance Institute, and Director of New Arts Axis, a new media consultancy working at the intersections of art, culture and human rights. Wendy works with artists, organizations and institutions to deepen relationships and co-create programs and works of art that leverage the power of storytelling, technology and community. Wendy is the recipient of the 2014 Princess Grace Statue Award for distinguished contribution to the media arts field. Wendy speaks regularly at festivals and conferences internationally, on a broad range of topics in social media, documentary, emerging technology, strategic communications and human rights. She has been a featured speaker and panel moderator at the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Skoll World Forum, Mozilla Drumbeat, Sheffield Documentary Festival, AIDC, Documentary Edge New Zealand, Making Your Media Matter, Stanford University, SXSW, Latino International Film Festival, and the National Black Programming Consortium's New Media Lab, among many others. An accomplished filmmaker, Wendy's short films have screened at Sundance and at festivals worldwide, won numerous awards, and have been broadcast on PBS and the Sundance Channel.
  • Cara Mertes Speaker
    Director, JustFilms, Ford Foundation
    Cara Mertes’ career focuses on supporting and connecting independent film communities globally as a public television executive, independent executive producer/director, funder, curator and teacher. Currently Director of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms, she funds content, networks and leadership fostering independent film/digital storytelling. She has served as Director, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund and Executive Producer of the POV documentary series on PBS, where she was awarded with multiple Emmy, George Foster Peabody, and duPont-Columbia awards. She has executive produced several Oscar-nominated films, including Street Fight, My Country My Country and The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) and led major Ford Foundation funding and support for Academy Award winner CITIZENFOUR. She served as executive director of American Documentary Inc., and has taught and written about the independent documentary movement. Mertes is a member of NATAS, WGA and AMPAS.