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Filling in the Gap: Using Visual Metaphors for Documentaries
Event: Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018

Documentary filmmakers are often challenged to create visual metaphors when retelling past events. This panel discussion will examine the imaginative ways that makers use to build the world of their film with animation, re-enactments and various other visual devices. Join filmmakers Julia Bacha, Riley Hooper, Amanda Zackem and moderator Marcia Rock for this exploration of the many options and choices available for creative storytelling with visually distinctive elements.


Julia Bacha
is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker, media strategist and Creative Director at Just Vision. Her credits include Control Room (2004, Writer/Editor), Encounter Point (2006, Writer/Co-Director), Budrus (2009, Director/Producer), My Neighbourhood (2012, Director/Producer) and The Wanted 18 (2014, Impact Producer). In addition to 20 international film festival awards, Bacha is the recipient of the King Hussein Leadership Prize, the Search for Common Ground Award, the Ridenhour Film Prize, and the PUMA Creative Impact Award. She is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, an Advisory Board Member to the Tribeca Film Institute and a TED speaker. Her latest film, Naila and the Uprising (2017) had its world premiere at DOC NYC followed by IDFA and the Dubai International Film Festival.

Riley Hooper
is a documentary director and editor. Her award-winning short documentaries have screened at festivals across the U.S. and internationally, and have appeared on The New York Times — as part of their Op Doc and Made with Kickstarter series — as well as Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of the Week, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Her documentary short FLO was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in the shorts program at the 2012 DOC NYC film festival. She has directed commercial content for such clients as Charles Schwab and John Frieda. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

Amanda Zackem
is a Director and Cinematographer from Upstate NY who uses film as a tool to explore consciousness, simplicity, truth and justice in this experience we call life. She was Director of Cinematography for the documentary Germans & Jews and Producer of the feature length documentaries, The Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four and Blind Spot. Her short documentary on women’s cycling pioneer Georgena Terry screened in film-festivals worldwide. Her most recent documentary, American Psychosis, is based off an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist, Author and Activist Chris Hedges and discusses consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a world dominated by pervasive illusion. It has screened in film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards and was most recently nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival in London. Zackem is a board member of Seeding Sovereignty, which is an youth led organization that empowers indigenous and non-indigenous women, honoring the fact that sovereignty prioritizes the rights of the earth, plants, animals and coming generations, protecting all those that cannot speak.

Marcia Rock’s
(Moderator) documentaries cover international dilemmas, women’s issues as well as personal perspectives. She has won many awards including three local Emmys. Recently, Rock completed three films on veterans, two with Patricia Lee Stotter. Service: When Women Come Marching Home won a NY Emmy and is on World Channel. From the plight of salt harvesters in Ghana to the changing role of women in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, she has also covered Irish American and Northern Irish history. She experimented with form in her personal documentary Dancing with My Father. Rock is the director of News and Documentary at the NYU Carter Journalism Institute and she co-authored with Marlene Sanders, Waiting for Primetime: The Women of Television News.


Produced by Produced by Andrea Skipper and Marcia Rock

Hosted by the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

Special Thanks to Marcia Rock, Director of News and Documentary
at the NYU Arthur Carter Journalism Institute and
Chair of NYWIFT's Documentary Committee


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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.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts
Event Information
Filling in the Gap: Using Visual Metaphors for Documentaries
Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pricing: $15 for NYWIFT members
$25 for Nonmembers
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Location: NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 7th Fl.
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