Art & Advocacy - Saturday, April 16th, 2011

As documentarians struggle to finance their films, organizations with advocacy agendas become a rich source of funding. Does this present a dilemma for filmmakers who might not have the capital to follow less agenda-based subjects? What is more important, the narrative power of a film or the issue it highlights? Is the purpose of the documentary to tell a compelling narrative or to bring to light an issue that filmmakers feel is neglected?

Panelists include: Alex Gibney, filmmaker Magic Trip, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer; Steve James, filmmaker The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams; DA Pennebaker, filmmaker Don’t Look Back, The War Room; Diane Weyerman, Executive Vice President, Documentary Films, Participant Media

Full Frame introduced a new conversation venue to the 2011 festival landscape: the A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy. The venue hosted a number of panel conversations over the course of the festival that were free and open to the public. The A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy offered a casual, intimate setting where a small audience can listen to industry leaders.

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