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    Panel: All About the Docs

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After all these years, short-form doc filmmaking is still a thriving art form and tool for change and justice. The right length and topic in skilled hands can be just as transformative as a feature length or televised counterpart. Learn the ins and outs of short form doc filmmaking, and how to get your work seen by those who need to see it.


Hussain Curimbhoy | Sundance Film Festival | Programmer
Hussain joined the Sundance programming team in 2014, specializing in programming documentary feature films and VR. Previously Director of Programming for the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK and has worked in international fiction and documentary programming for some of Australia's most highly-regarded film events, including the Adelaide and Melbourne film festivals after graduating from the Victorian College of Art in 2002. He has a B.A. in film from Curtin University and has written and directed several short films which have played at film festivals around the world. Born in Canada, he has lived and worked in Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, and the UK. Hussain is based in Los Angeles.

Abby Davis | Preferred Content | Vice President, Non Fiction Content
Abby Davis is currently the Vice President of Non-Fiction at Preferred Content (PC), one of the leading film, television & digital sales and project finance companies. Davis assembles creative and financial elements for PC's original documentary features and television series as well as handling the worldwide and North American distribution rights for its non-fiction film slate. Recent projects include Tribeca Film Festival premieres Dream/Killer, directed by Andrew Jenks and Palio directed by Cosmia Spender; I Am a Big Bird, directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker; SXSW Audience Award winner A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winners Rich Hill (Tracy Droz-Tragos) and Blood Brother (Steve Hoover). Davis graduated from Western Michigan University near her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan.

Raegen Hodge | CARE | Director of Photography
Raegan Hodge is a videographer and filmmaker specializing in creative films that advocate for positive change. Since 2011, Raegan has shot and edited films for many non-profit clients including CARE USA in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Niger, Guatemala, Peru and others. She has also created films for Compassion in World Farming which have made considerable public impact, reaching over 2.2 million hits, #1 on Reddit and featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, John Oliver Show and others. In 2016, Raegan embraced Virtual Reality technology, traveling to Niger as Director of Photography for Women on the Move, a virtual reality film sponsored by CARE, Facebook and Oculus. Women on the Move was selected to officially premiere at South by Southwest in 2017.

Tom Oyer | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences | Membership & Awards Manager
Tom Oyer is a Membership & Awards Manager at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where he manages all aspects of the documentary and short film categories, including rules, submissions, voting and member engagement and outreach. Oyer is in his eighth year on the Awards team.

AJ Schnack | Bonfire Films of America | Filmmaker
AJ SCHNACK is a nonfiction filmmaker.  His films work includes SPEAKING IS DIFFICULT (2016),  CAUCUS (2013), WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS (2013), CONVENTION (2009), KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (2006), GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS) (2002) and several acclaimed vérité series on American electoral politics. He is the Founding Director of the Cinema Eye Honors, an international event celebrating the art of nonfiction filmmaking.  In 2015, he co-created Field of Vision, an award-winning online platform for cinematic journalism.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Jeremy Kay | Screen International | US Editor
Jeremy Kay is the US editor of the film and TV trade outlet Screendaily.com and just got back from the Cannes Film Festival. He is still the US editor of Screendaily.com. He reports mostly on the independent space and covers finance and production, festivals and box office.

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