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DOCHOUSE CONVERSATIONS

Wednesday 13 May, 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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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