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Center for Documentary Production and Study
Main Campus

Nadine Patterson, M.A.
Documentary Film Strategist

Upcoming Events

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Documentary Filmmakers’ Open House June 25th to 26th 2017 at the Center for Documentary Production and Study at Robert Morris University. Registration is $25 online here .

After you register email to submit your project for consideration in the Three & Three Challenge* by June 20th. Please send your name, role on documentary, two sentence synopsis, your stage of production (pre-production, production, post-production, or distribution) and link to work segment, with time in and out. We will notify you by June 23rd.


SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2017

Wheatley Center, Room 110, Robert Morris University, 6001 University Blvd, Moon Township, PA 15108

12:00-1:00 pm  Registration & Open House Welcome

1:15-2:45 pm The Craft of Documentary Cinematography & Editing

Panel: Kalpana Biswas, Chris Ivey, Stephanie Malson

3:00-4:00pm Best Practices: Theatrical Distribution

                        Panel: Hébert Peck, Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers

4:15–5:00pm Three & Three Challenge: Producers of work-in-progress documentary projects show 3 min. of work and give 3                              minute talk on why they are making their film and reveal what they need next to move it forward.*

5:00 pm Dinner Break on your own

The Tull Family Theater 418 Walnut Street, Sewickley PA 15143

7:00 -7:45 pm Reception with Producer Hébert Peck

8:00 pm Screening of I Am Not Your Negro (2016)


MONDAY JUNE 26, 2017    

Wheatley Center, Room 110, Robert Morris University

9:30 am-11:00 am Let’s Build a Documentary Film Clearing House! RMU moderators Nadine Patterson and Dr. Helena                                     Vanhala. Bring your laptop and documentary project digital media to create a website to house content by                                     conference attendees.

11:15 am-12:30 pm Meet The Broadcasters. Panel: Eric Siler, Joel Bechtel, Dr. Tim Hudson

12:45pm-1:45pm Lunch (provided)

2:00pm-3:30 pm Meet the Producers. Panel: Martha Conley, Esq. Tony Buba, Dr. Jim Seguin, Nadine Patterson

3:35pm-4:15 pm Closing: The next step in art collaboration and networking.  RMU moderators.


      Documentary Filmmakers’ Open House hotel is $89, tax not included: Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Airport, 8514                                          University Boulevard,  Coraopolis,         PA 15108. Please contact for more information

List of Guest Speakers

  • Hébert Peck, Producer of “I Am Not Your Negro” and "Fatal Assistance" (“Assistance Mortelle”). He is also a media arts educator at Rutgers University

  • Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers, Executive Director, The Tull Family Theater

  • Joel Bechtel, Vice President, marketing and brand development, Pennsylvania Cable Network.

  • Kalpana Biswas Producer, Filmmaker and Host of Indie Film Forum, she is currently working on "Jewels of Kandahar," a documentary film about war-weary Afghan women in the Taliban region earning a living sewing.

  • Martha Conley, Esq., Lawyer, Activist and Filmmaker. She is a modern day abolitionist, committed to reform of the prison industry and the end of the death penalty.

  • Dr. Tim Hudson; Professor of communication, Point Park University, producer and former broadcaster.

  • Chris Ivey, Artist and Filmmaker internationally known for his documentary series "East of Liberty"

  • Stephanie Malson, Writer, Videographer and Creative consultant.

  • Nadine Patterson, Filmmaker, Documentary Film Strategist at Robert Morris University, Director of "Tango Macbeth".

  • Dr. Jim Seguin, Director of "What Does Trouble Mean? Nate Smith's Revolution," production of the RMU Center for Documentary Production and Study.

  • Eric Siler, Professional Learning Coordinator, educational technology, WVIZ/PBS Idea Stream, Cleveland, OH, and Lecturer, School of Communication, Cleveland State University.