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Filmmakers Talk Film Funding

International Documentary Association (IDA) and New York Women in Film & Television, will present a panel on film funding featuring noted independent filmmakers. The filmmakers will discuss how they funded their films and other options and opportunities for documentary film funding.

Mary Dore
 is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced and directed feature-length documentaries, most notably The Good Fight­: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. The film's numerous awards include a Blue Ribbon (American Film Festival) and a Golden Dove (Leipzig); it screened at Toronto, US Film (now Sundance), and London Film Festivals. Her film Children of Labor: A Finnish-American History premiered at the New York Film Festival. She has produced, directed and written dozens of TV docs for PBS, New York Times TV, Discovery, and National Geographic TV. Her TV work has won Emmys, Cine Golden Eagles, and Cable Ace Awards. With Nancy Kennedy, she recently raised $81,500 on Kickstarter for their film She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.

Nancy Kennedy
has edited several award-winning films, including Sundance Grand Jury winner Why We Fight, For The Bible Tells Me So (2007 Sundance Festival), Emmy winner Einstein's Letter, and Orchestra of Exiles. She has co-directed and edited several independent docs, most recently, Who Does She Think She Is? and Bluegrass Journey. Her many editing credits include work at major networks, (ABC, CBS, NBC and HBO) on such series as Great Performances, American Experience, 60 Minutes, American Masters, Saturday Night Live, and National Geographic Specials. With Mary Dorey, she recently raised $81,500 on Kickstarter for their film She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.

Susan MacLaury
is the Executive Director of the non-profit film production company Shine Global. She was an Executive Producer of War Dance, Inocente and The Harvest/La Cosecha. She is currently producing Selling Our Daughters. She also directs the outreach and advocacy for all of Shine’s projects. Susan is dually degreed in social work administration and health education. For more than twenty years she has directed educational and prevention programs for adolescents in New York and New Jersey. She has also provided extensive staff development to teachers, counselors, and healthcare providers working with adolescents nationally. She currently teaches at Kean University. Susan is the author of Student Advisories in Grades 5-12: A Facilitator’s Guide, now in its second printing, as well as producer of the short form documentary, Project Highroad.

Megan Smith-Harris
career encompasses documentary, TV, film, theater and radio. She is the president/owner of Pyewackitt Productions, an independent production company with a commitment to create high-quality, socially relevant programs. She produced, directed and co-wrote the feature documentary Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged, dubbed "a must-see" by Real Screen and "emotionally potent” by the Los Angeles Times. She also produced and directed Surrogate Stories, a two-hour special, as well as one-hour docs Child Brides and Polygamy for WE tv.

John T. Trigonis
is a widely published writer, independent filmmaker, and author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign, published by Michael Wiese Productions. Trigonis launched a campaign on Indiegogo for his short film Cerise, raising $1,300 over his initial goal of $5,000 in only three months. Cerise has since screened at over a dozen film festivals, was nominated for four awards, won an Award of Merit, and participated in the Court Métrage at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival. He is Indiegogo's Manager for Film, Web & Video.

Savanna Washington
 (moderator) works as a producer and director for her independent production company, Aardvark Alley Films, which produces video content for clients. in addition to independently producing documentary and narrative work. Washington is currently in post-production on her feature film Finding Home, and is in production on a feature-length documentary, Arduous Times: The People & Hunger of North Korea, awarded a $20,000 grant from the Korean Issues and Insights endowment at the Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service. She teaches video arts technology at CUNY.

Produced by Savanna Washington.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.