MoonDocs 2018 Program and Housing
Events Archive

For More Information, Contact:

Center for Documentary Production and Study
Main Campus

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

               MoonDocs 2018 Program and Housing Information

MoonDocs 2018 Registration Site 

MoonDocs 2018 Housing Information

Housing reservations and payment are attendee responsibility

Hotel: $84/night + taxes

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Airport Group Sales Agreement (check-in 3:00 pm, check-out 12:00 pm)

8514 University Boulevard Moon Township, PA 15108

Phone: 412-264-0020 Ext. 151 Fax: 412-264-3220

Code: RMU – Documentary Filmmakers’ Open House


On-campus dorm room: $30/night – Reservations DUE by 3:00 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Only furniture and mattress provided; must bring your own linen, towel, blanket etc

Contact Media Arts Outreach Coordinator Chris Hampel at for details and reservations.


MoonDocs 2018: The 2nd Annual Documentary Filmmakers’ Open House 


Pre-event:      Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00 am-11:30 am                        

                          The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St, Sewickley, PA 15143

MoonDocs Shorts - Juried work by regional filmmakers

Cigdem Slankard, “Fresh Start,” TRT 13:00

Tom Poole, “I AM A MAN,” TRT 5:36

Kalpana Biswas, “Jewels of Kandahar,” Work-in-Progress, TRT 23:33

Lorenzo Boone, “WOOGIE,” TRT 5:46

Tatiana Bacchus, “Ulrick,” Sample of Work-in-Progress, TRT 4:33

Billy Jackson “Legacy,” Work-in-Progress, TRT 27:55

MoonDocs 2018: Sunday-Monday, June 24-25, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018  RMU campus: 6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108

Wheatley Center: on campus address - 410 Pennsylvania Avenue

11:00 am-12:00 pm     Registration and Networking, Wheatley Center Lobby

12:00-12:30 pm           Welcome & Transforming the Documentary Process, Wheatley 110

12:30-1:45 pm             4x4 Film Challenge, Wheatley 110 – Moderator: Nadine Patterson

 (show 4 minutes of your work and pitch it for 4 minutes; first comes, first served; to show your work (must be registered to attend MoonDocs 2018), contact Nadine Patterson at

2:00-4:00 pm               Cinematography Masterclass with Cinematographer Tom Bergmann, Wheatley 110 


4:15-5:00 pm               Self-promotion, Wheatley 110 – Moderator: Dr. Helena Vanhala

                                    Brad Grimm, Partner, Director & Owner, TRA Pictures; Partner, Led By Light

   Willy James, Independent Filmmaker; 2017 WQED Next Generation Fellow

5:00-7:00 pm               Dinner Break (on your own)

7:00 pm                       Reception with Cinematographer Tom Bergmann, The Tull Family Theater

8:00 pm                       "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" Screening and a Q&A with the film's

   Cinematographer Tom Bergmann, The Tull Family Theater

Monday, June 25, 2018  RMU campus, Wheatley 110

9:00-9:30 am               Coffee and Tea

9:30-10:30 am             Featured Panel Session on Copyright and Clearances – Moderator: Chris Hampel

Entertainment Lawyer David Gurwin, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

10:45-11:45 am           Grants and Fundraising – Moderator: Nadine Patterson

   Dr. Sushil Acharya, Assistant Provost for Research and Graduate

       Studies and Professor of Software Engineering, Robert Morris  

       University; and Dr. Helena Vanhala, Department Head and Associate

       Professor of Media Arts, Robert Morris University

   Andrew Pochan, Artist; Owner of Painted Jeans Mural Company; and

       Adjunct Video Faculty, Albright College

   Will Zavala, Associate Professor, Pittsburgh Filmmakers

12:00-1:00 pm             Lunch Break (on your own)   

1:00-1:45 pm               Regional Opportunities for Filmmakers and Artists - Moderator: Chris Hampel

  Christiane Leach, Artist Relations Manager, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

  Carrie Richards, Programs Team Leader, Bayer Center for Nonprofit

Management at Robert Morris University

2:00-2:15 pm               Wrap Up

2:30-4:30 pm               Editing Workshop and Q&A, Wheatley 143 – Moderator: Nadine Patterson

   Joseph Hale, TV Engineer, Robert Morris University

   Recommended: bring your external hard drive  

Post-event:                 Tuesday, June 26, 2018

9:00 am-5:00 pm         Access to editing stations, RMU, Wheatley 143

    Recommended: bring your external hard drive