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Center for Documentary Production and Study
Main Campus

Helena Vanhala, Ph.D.
Department Head & Associate Professor
Media Arts Department
412) 397-6202

2017 Documentary Filmmakers' Open Houses

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.

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.