In Association with the International Documentary Association (IDA)

Meet the Filmmakers Nominated for the Academy Award, Documentary Short

Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:00 pm ET
New York

In Person

Julie Anderson (God Is the Bigger Elvis)
Kira Carstensen (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom)
[via Skype] Daniel Junge (Saving Face)
Kirk Simon (Strangers No More – 2011 Academy Award winner)
James Spione (Incident in New Baghdad)
Lucy Walker (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom)
Moderator: Basil Tsiokos, International Documentary Association


With the Academy Awards less than ten days away, this is a great opportunity to get know first-hand one of the categories and meet a potential Oscar winner. The nominees for Documentary, Short, indeed a diverse group of filmmaking experience, will speak about how they got their film produced and eventually in the running for the ultimate award. You will see clips of an actress who forsook Hollywood for the nunnery (God Is the Bigger Elvis); a notorious attack in Iraq (Incident in New Baghdad); survivors of acid attacks in Pakistan (Saving Face); and the rebuilding of Japan (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom). Our panelists will also talk about how they are preparing for their big night with last year’s winner of the category Kirk Simon (Strangers No More), who will bring his statue for anyone to hold. Unfortunately, the filmmaker of The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement cannot attend. We will screen a clip from that film during the event.

This event is part of the Robert M. Batscha University Seminar Series.

You can watch most of the nominated documentaries at the Paley Center on Saturday/Sunday, February 25 & 26.


Other Events in the Series