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DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS

Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Welcome to DocHouse Conversations: Bringing you thought-provoking discussions from the documentary world. 

With most of us in lockdown, our new podcast is a chance to dive deep into the world of documentary making....

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Series 2 Episode 3 - DocHouse Conversations: Katerina Cizek

Our guest for this week's episode will be Katerina Cizek, a two-time Emmy and Peabody-winning documentarian working across emergent platforms. Kat is the artistic director and co-founder of theCo-Creation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab where she has published (with Uricchio et al.) the world’s first field study on co-creating media called Collective Wisdom

With her community-based and ground-breaking projects Highrise and Filmmaker-in-Residence at the National Film Board of Canada, Kat has received international acclaim and transformed the NFBC into a world leading digital-hub.

Carol talks with Kat about the Highrise project and how it has impacted her career. They also look at a film which she admires and is close to her heart: Wintopia (2019). It’s a moving portrait of Kat’s friend and co-director of Seeing is Believing Peter Wintonick, made by his daughter Mira Burt-Wintonick.

For many years Peter Wintonick roamed the world, searching for Utopia, planning to make a film about his quest. When he died in 2013 at aged 60, his mourning daughter Mira began sorting through the 300 tapes he left behind. She decides to finish her father’s film, merging it with a portrait of the man himself. In doing so she probes the painful reality that while generously giving his time to the global documentary community, Peter deprived his wife and daughter of his presence for months on end.
 
Join our screening and Q&A of Wintopia with Mira and host Heather Croall on Thu 28th Jan, 7pm GMT
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LINKS
Seeing is Believing 

Peter Wintonick

Highrise, NFB 

MIT CoCreation Studio

New York Times: A Short History of the Highrise
 

Series 2 Episode 2 - DocHouse Conversations: José Padilha

DocHouse Conversations are  thrilled to come back for a second mini-series. Carol Nahra, our podcast host, talks to international filmmakers about what films inspired them and what films have changed their careers. For this episode Carol is in conversation with award-winning director José Padilha. 

José is a critically-acclaimed filmmaker for both his nonfiction and fiction (Narcos, Elite Squad) work. His feature doc directing debut Bus 174 chronicles the hijacking of a public bus in Rio de Janeiro on 12th June 2000. José and Carol will discuss the impact that Bus 174 had on his career - and how filmmakers such as Albert Maysles and Jonathan Demmesupported him along the way. You can watch this Peabody-winning doc on Kanopy.

They also discuss José’s choice for inspirational documentary: Leon Gast’s Academy Award- winning When We Were Kings. The film chronicles the famous 1974 heavyweight championship, baptised ‘The Rumble In The Jungle’, between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. Watch When We Were Kings on BBC iPlayer

Finally, Carol and José revisit the film through which they met: Secrets of the Tribe (2010), which Carol produced and José directed. The BBC Storyville film was eight years in the making, had its world premiere at Sundance, and was bought by HBO. Find out more and watch the film on YouTubeKanopy or Amazon.

FILMS
Bus 174
When We Were Kings
Secrets Of The Tribe

 

Series 2 Episode 1 - DocHouse Conversations: Smriti Mundhra


 

DocHouse Conversations is delighted to be kicking off a three episode second series. Carol Nahra will be talking with each of three directors about a film which inspired them - and a film which changed their lives. 

First up is Smriti Mundhra, an Academy Award-nominated director/producer and one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch. Her short film St. Louis Superman, co-directed with Sami Khan, was nominated for a 2020 Oscar in the short documentary category.  The film follows Bruce Franks Jr., a celebrated battle rapper and activist. Franks had  won a seat on the Missouri State Legislature; the directors followed him in the summer of 2018 as he worked to get a law passed that would recognize gun violence as a public health epidemic. Read Smriti's and Sami's IDA interview here.

In this DocHouse Conversations episode Carol will talk to Smriti about the making of A Suitable Girland how it changed her life. They’ll also discuss what it’s like covering the same subject matter in two very different styles: an independent observational documentary shot over many years, and a fast turnaround reality series for Netflix

 

Smriti’s choice for the film that has inspired her is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun. The 2015 immersive documentary chronicles a three week musical collaboration between Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and ‘The Rajasthan Express’, in a 15th century fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Rent Junun on AmazonYouTube, Google Play, iTunes 

See Smriti's Filmmaker Spotlight
Read more about Carol Nahra

Films

St Louis Superman
Indian Matchmaking (Excecutive Producer)

A Suitable Girl

EPISODE 8 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: VANESSA ENGLE

DocHouse Conversations: Bringing you thought-provoking discussions from the documentary world. 

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra is in conversation with veteran documentary maker Vanessa Engle.

In the first 15 years of her career Vanessa made arts documentaries for the BBC. Since 2005, Vanessa has been making authored social affairs documentaries on a wide range of subjects, many of which explore our fundamental values and belief systems.

Read more about Vanessa and her work in our Filmmaker Spotlight blog here

See what’s on our online hub here. 

Find out more about Carol Nahra here. 

Films made available to watch online:

THE $50 MILLION ART SWINDLE (2019)

THE FUNERAL MURDERS (2018) 

THE CULT NEXT DOOR (2017)

LOVE YOU TO DEATH: A YEAR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (2015)

INSIDE HARLEY STREET: EP 3 MAKE ME WELL (2015)

WALKING WITH DOGS (2012)


MONEY Series:

MONEY: EP 1 WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? (2011)

MONEY: EP 2 COUPLES (2011)


WOMEN Series: 

WOMEN: EP 1 LIBBERS (2010)


JEWS Series: 

JEWS: EP 1 THE PRISONER (2008)

JEWS: EP 2 THE NEXT GENERATION (2008)


LEFTIES Series:

LEFTIES: EP 1 PROPERTY IS THEFT (2006)

LEFTIES: EP 3 A LOT OF BALLS (2006)
 

ART & THE 60s Series: 

ART & THE 60s: EP 2 FROM BRONZE TO BAKED BEANS (2004)


LINKS

Late Show Arts Magazine Programme: 

Mary Harron

Paul Greengrass

James Marsh

Alan Hayling

Natalie Briggs article The Guardian

Natalie Briggs article

Patrick Caulfield

Barry Flanagan

Adam Curtis

Sheffield Doc/Fest session mentioned

Dan Reed Podcast

Orlando von Einsiedel Podcast

Michel Coen
 

EPISODE 7 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: YANCE FORD

DocHouse Conversations: Bringing you thought-provoking discussions from the documentary world. 

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning director-producer Yance Ford.

Yance’s debut film Strong Island has won a number of awards, including the Sundance special jury prize. You can watch it at the moment on both Netflix and Youtube. 

As the New Yorker wrote about Strong Island upon its premiere in 2017, "the film mines the defining tragedy of Ford’s life to lay bare the ways in which race and American justice often inharmoniously intersect. It is a brave, revealing film, and one whose topicality has only grown."  

When Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards, Yance made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar. 

Yance is a former Series Producer of the PBS documentary series POV. During his tenure, his work garnered 5 Emmy Awards and 16 Emmy nominations.

Read more about Yance’s doc Strong Island in our Docs to watch: #BlackLivesMatter blog.

Read more about Yance and his doc Strong Island in the Filmmaker Magazine article, ‘25 Faces of Independent Film’ here.

See what’s on our online hub here.

Find out more about Carol Nahra here.


FILMS:

Strong Island (2017) - Currently available for free on YouTube as part of Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection, watch here.

Alan Jacobsen - DOP for Strong Island 

Tongues Untied (1989) - Available to watch on Kanopy 

Read Yance’s article ‘Remembering Tongues Untied’.

Nostalgia For The Light (2010)

Battle Of Chile (1998)

High School (1968)

Risk (2016) - Laura Poitras doc about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Infiltrators (2019) Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera

Whose Streets? (2017) Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis


LINKS:

Walker Evans Photographer

Chris Burden - Performance Art

Coco Fusco

Gordon Parks

Article which discusses Yance’s art at Hamilton

PBS

PBS - Independent Lens

PBS - World

PBS - POV

PBS - America Reframed

PBS - Frontline

ITVS

Marlon Riggs

Sadie Benning

Isaac Julien 

Pamela Yates 

Skylight Pictures 

Laura Poitras 

Thomas Allen Harris

Josh Gilbert

Maysles Brothers

Cops and Klan in South

Sheila Nevins: A Film Industry Conversation (Online Panel)

Roger Ross Williams

Jonathan Demme

Yance’s profile of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich can be seen on the new Netflix series Trial by Media. He is developing a feature film with Archer Gray based on the memoir A Trial by Jury by D. Graham Burnett. Archer Gray: http://www.archergray.com/

 

EPISODE 6 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: Ollie wright


This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes Open City’s Documentary Festival’s Director of Film Programme, Oliver Wright. They will be discussing how Oliver selects films, and how Open City are dealing with COVID-19.

Read more about Open City Documentary Festival and their programme.

See Open City’s archive of documentaries to watch online here.  Read our ‘An Open City Doc For Every Mood’ here. 

Find out more about Carol Nahra here.

FILMS:

Open City 2019: Movements of a Nearby Mountain
Open City 2018 - Baronesa
Open City 2016
Open City 2011 - El Sicario

FILMMAKERS IN FOCUS:

Open City 2018 : Kazuo Hara

 

EPISODE 5 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: FILMMAKER PANEL

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes a panel of filmmakers whose documentaries were all at different stages when the world went into lockdown. Listen as they share their experiences navigating this uncertain new world. 

For more information on today’s filmmakers and their work, read our blog.

See what’s on our online hub here. 

Find out more about Carol Nahra here. 


LINKS:

Walter Murch: The theatrical experience and what it really means

Film Collaborative Blog: Film Festival Distribution in the age of COVID-19 

Dok Incubator


FILMS: 

The Booksellers (D.W. Young director, produced by Judith Mizrachy, 2019)

The Reason I Jump (Jerry Rothwell, 2020) 

Return to Epipo (Judit Oláh, 2020)

Coup 53 (Taghi Amirani, 2019)

 

JUDIT OLÁH
Judit Oláh is a graduate in Film Studies from the Eötvös Lóránd University. She debuted with the short film Leaving (2013), and went on to co-direct the short film Loop (2013) and Mom's Imprint in 2015. 

Judit has also worked as a script consultant, developing the scenery for the short film En Passant. Her second short film, Beauty Queen, was done with the support of the Hungarian National Film Fund. 

Return to Epipo is her feature documentary directorial debut.


JUDITH MIZRACHY
Judith is a Brooklyn-based independent producer and theatrical outreach and distribution consultant. She has produced award-winning documentaries, features and shorts which have screened at festivals around the world including New York Film Festival, SXSW, DOC NYC and more. 

Judith also served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Women Make Movies, and prior to that led the Marketing and Outreach team at First Run Features. 

She's been a member of screening committees for festivals and organizations like Chicken & Egg Pictures, and has participated as a film industry consultant for New York Foundation for the Arts. She holds a master's degree in Cinema Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Her most recent film The Booksellers is currently in release in the U.S. and Canada, and will be out in the UK on 29th June with Republic Film Distribution. Find out more about the film here.
 

JERRY ROTHWELL
Jerry is a filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature documentaries: How To Change The World, about the founders of Greenpeace; Sour Grapes (co-directed with Reuben Atlas) a film about a wine counterfeiter;  School In The Cloud, about radical educationalist, Sugata Mitra; Town of Runners, about two girls in an Ethiopian village who aspire to be athletes; Donor Unknown, about a sperm donor and his many offspring; Heavy Load, about a group of people with learning disabilities who form a punk band, and Deep Water (co-directed with Louise Osmond), about Donald Crowhurst’s ill-fated voyage in the 1968 round the world yacht race. 

His latest film is The Reason I Jump, based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, winner of the World Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2020.  

His work has won numerous other accolades including two Grierson Awards, a Sundance Special Jury Prize, an RTS Award, the IDA Pare Lorentz Award and a BAFTA nomination.
 

TAGHI AMIRANI
Taghi was born in Iran and moved to England when he was 15. He made his first documentary while studying physics at Nottingham University. Shades of Black was about the science of black holes and got him into film school at Bristol University. 

In 1989 he got his broadcast directing break on Channel 4’s flagship science series Equinox with Earth Calling Basingstoke, a film about British amateur astronomers. 

He went on make some 40 films for a wide range networks including PBS, Channel 4, the BBC and National Geographic. Among them are The Dispossessed, Red Lines and Deadlines and Watch this Space.  

Coup 53 which is Amirani’s first feature documentary has taken 10 years to make. Edited by Walter Murch, the film had its world premiere at Telluride Film Festival 2019. It was nominated for a BIFA and The Grierson at the BFI London Film Festival

Hollywood Reporter
Screen Daily

The New Yorker

 

EPISODE 4 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: DAN REED

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes documentary filmmaker Dan Reed. With a career spanning a quarter century, Dan has established a reputation as one of the most dedicated and talented filmmakers working in Britain today.

Long known in the UK, Dan came to worldwide prominence last year with his devastating portrait of sexual abuse Leaving Neverland. The two part Channel 4/HBO film won a number of awards.

This week Carol talks to Dan about his life making documentaries. In an extended edition of the podcast, they take a deep dive into his two very different types of documentaries: observational filmmaking and personal testimony combined with archive.

For more information on today’s episode, read our filmmaker spotlight blog.

See what’s on our online hub here

Find out more about Carol Nahra here. 
 

Watch Dan's films: 

Leaving Neverland (2019)

Calais: To The End of The Jungle (2017) 

Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks (2016)

From Russia with Cash (2015)

Escorts (2015)

The Paedophile Hunter (2014)

Terror at the Mall (2014)

Legally High (2013)

#SHOUTINGBACK (2013)

Children of the Tsunami (2012)

Terror in Mumbai (2009)

Terror in Moscow (2003)

The Valley (2000)

Cape of Fear (1994)
 

EPISODE 3 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: DAISY ASQUITH

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes filmmaker and senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, Daisy Asquith. In more than twenty years as a filmmaker, Daisy Asquith has told human stories the length and breadth of the UK, and beyond. 

They discuss her research into themes of shame and performance, as well as her relationships with the people she films. They also discuss her latest project Momento, in which she is making personal memorial films for victims of COVID-19.

For more information on today’s episode, read our filmmaker spotlight blog.

See what’s on our Online Hub here.

Find out more about Carol Nahra here. 

See Daisy’s work on her website here. 

Discover MA Filmmaking (Screen Documentary) Course

‘Larry’ Fandom
Professor Stella Bruzzi
Campbell X
Bryony Kimmings
Memento Films

‘This is Not Us’ PHD:
Installation 
Thesis 


WATCH DAISY'S FILMS

THIS IS THE REAL ME: DOC PARTICIPANTS SPEAK! (2018) 
QUEERAMA (2017) 
AFTER THE DANCE (2015) 
Watch our Q&A for After The Dance here. 
Read Carol’s Blog on After The Dance here
CRAZY ABOUT 1D (2013) 
MY GAY DADS (2010) 
 

EPISODE 2 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: ORLANDO VON EINSIEDEL

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes Academy Award-winning filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel. Orlando is drawn to telling inspiring stories of humble heroism from around the world, often combining intimate personal narratives with macro level politics, powerful visual aesthetics and on-the-ground journalistic muck-racking. Discussing how Orlando’s producer Joana Natasagera pushed Orlando to make his most recent feature, Evelyn - a very personal exploration of the devestatating impact of Orlando’s brother’s suicide on his family.

For more information on this episode, visit our blog.

Find out more about Carol Nahra here.

Watch Orlando’s films: 
SKATEISTAN (2011) on Vimeo or YouTube.
VIRUNGA (2014): watch on Netflix.

THE WHITE HELMETS (2016): watch on Netflix.
EVELYN (2019): watch on Netflix and DocHouse's Q&A
RADIO AMNIA (2011): watch on IDFA.
AISHA’S SONG (2011): watch on Vimeo. 


Additional information:
Grain Media: https://vimeo.com/grainmedia / About Grain Media 
Violet Films
Doc Society: 
Franklin Dow Interview  

 

EPISODE 1 - DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS: VICTORIA MAPPLEBECK

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes BAFTA award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist Victoria Mapplebeck to discuss how the crisis is affecting her own work. We are living in a digital age and now more than ever filmmakers across the globe are employing lo-fi, DIY filmmaking techniques to stay creative during the lockdown. Hear how Victoria uses the ever changing nature of technology to excavate memories within her films, and to tell personal stories.

Discover more about Victoria Mapplebeck here.

Watch Victoria’s Films:
THE WAITING ROOM (2019)
THE WAITING ROOM VR
MISSED CALL (2018)
160 CHARACTERS: (2015)
SMART HEARTS (1999) 

Find out more about Carol Nahra here

See what’s on our online hub here

Additional Links:
Film London
BALTIC Art Gallery
Real Stories Documentaries  
BAFTA Acceptance 
VR 

NOTES ON BLINDNESS (2016) 
John Wakefield Sound
Rode Mic for smartphone 
Arts Council Funding COVID-19 
Al Jazeera