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The Business of Documentary Filmmaking
Oct 27, 5:30pm
The University Club of Milwaukee
The University Club is proud to host a panel discussion with four leading documentary filmmakers, Chip Duncan, Brad Lichtenstein, Suzanne Jurva and Steve Boettcher as they share clips and their experiences, �moderated by JoAnne Williams. The panelists will discuss the “business” side of filmmaking as many times the creative side of filmmaking is impacted by business considerations including fundraising, distribution and the for-profit vs. not-for-profit models.
Chip Duncan: As a documentarian, Duncan has interviewed six U.S. presidents and the current democratic candidate for office, Hillary Clinton. His work has taken him to more than 40 countries and his films have been distributed globally to more than 150 countries. Duncan specializes in projects on history, adventure, the environment and science. His film TOLKIEN & LEWIS – Myth, Imagination & Faith premiered at the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival. His recent production of the short documentary THE SOUND MAN just completed a very successful festival run including screenings at fests in Milwaukee, Newport Beach, St. Louis, Nashville, Beverly Hills and the United Nations Film Festival. Duncan’s current project is a feature length documentary called THE FIRST PATIENT and which chronicles first year medical students at Mayo Clinic as they go through a class in Gross Anatomy – the dissection of the human body. Duncan’s photographic exhibitions include the World Peace Festival in Berlin and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. His latest book – HALF A REASON TO DIE – will be released by New York-based Select Books in April, 2017.
Brad Lichtenstein: Lichtenstein is an award winning filmmaker and president of 371 Productions. PBS credits include As Goes Janesville (Emmy nomination, 2012) and Penelope (2015). Wisconsin Mining Standoff and Hard Earned (Dupont, IDA nomination, 2015 w/Kartemquin) broadcast on Al Jazeera America. 371’s work includes BizVizz (mobile app), virtual reality (Across the Line about access to abortion w Nonny De la Penä, premiere at Sundance 2016) and Precious Lives (radio/podcast series on gun violence).
Suzanne Jurva: Jurva has been involved in all forms of storytelling, from Tom Hanks’ IMAX™ film Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon to producing for the smallest media, the mobile phone. In between the two extremes of media and technology, she was a feature film executive at DreamWorks working on several Academy Award nominated films including: Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Minority Report, AI, The Lost World, Gladiator, Prince of Egypt, The Peacemaker, Deep Impact, Men in Black and The Lookout. Jurva has recently independently completed two documentary films, Changing Keys and America’s Creativity.
Steve Boettcher: Boettcher is a six-time News & Doc Emmy winner and nominated three times for a Primetime Emmy. His current credits include an ongoing national PBS series, Pioneers of Television, with more than 30 hours produced for the network over the past few years. He also has two films currently on Netflix – Robin Williams Remembered (Boettcher conducted Mr. Williams last interview, 3 weeks before he passed away) and also on Netflix a Wisconsin story, The Frozen Chosen. His team is currently in production on a film in collaboration with the BBC and PBS. Boettcher is also working on a film for HBO with a release date in 2017.
$30++ Members with cash bar
$35++ Non-members with cash bar