The John Huston Lecture on Documentary Filmmaking featuring

The Rise of Non-Fiction Movies

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Moderated by R.J. Cutler
With Amir Bar-Lev, Davis Guggenheim, Lourdes Portillo, Ricki Stern, Molly Thompson and Diane Weyermann.

While information may be spreading faster and distribution choices are evolving at a dizzying pace, non-fiction filmmakers continue to find cutting-edge solutions and innovative storytelling styles to prove that truth is often better than fiction (or at least just as good!).

Despite the significant hurdles their producers and distributors often face, theatrical documentaries have gained a newfound popularity, in many cases because of their willingness to challenge the status quo and delve into the drama, humor and fascination of real-life characters and narratives. Our esteemed panel of filmmakers discussed the current and ever-changing state of the documentary world and offered insights into conquering the challenges that come with the territory.

Moderated by R.J. CUTLER – Producer-director of "The September Issue" (2009) and producer of "The War Room" (1993).

Scheduled panelists included:

AMIR BAR-LEV – Director of "The Tillman Story" (2010) and producer-director of "My Kid Could Paint That"(2007).

DAVIS GUGGENHEIM – Director of "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010) and "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature).

LOURDES PORTILLO – Producer-director of "Señorita Extraviada" ("Missing Young Woman") (2002) and "The Devil Never Sleeps" (1994).

RICKI STERN – Director of "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" (2010) and producer-writer-director (with Annie Sundberg) of "The Devil Came on Horseback" (2007).

MOLLY THOMPSON – Executive producer of "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" (2010) and "Jesus Camp" (2006).

DIANE WEYERMANN – Executive producer of "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" (2010) and "Food, Inc."(2009).

The Academy's John Huston Lecture on Documentary Filmmaking is named to honor Huston's legacy as witnessed in his controversial World War II documentaries, "Report from the Aleutians" (1943), "San Pietro"(1944, withheld from release until 1945) and "Let There Be Light" (1946, suppressed from public release until 1980).

Event Information

October 26, 2011
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
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