Behind the Lens

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Announcing the 2019 Behind the Lens Filmmaker Panels! Patrons are invited to listen in on a moderated discussion amongst a group of attending filmmakers. Don’t forget to grab a to-go lunch from Rastall’s before you arrive.

Agency and Allyship: Telling Tough Stories
cornerstone arts center studio c

Moderated by Taylor Nygaard

Every year the RMWFF elevates the stories of women and others who are often unheard or unseen. These are sometimes challenging, provocative, or triggering films that take guts, persistence, care, and patience to get made. Join us in a conversation with filmmakers as they discuss the process of making these compelling films and especially the agency and allyship needed to overcome a variety of challenges and obstacles to telling these important stories.

Expected Participants
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Andrea Gonzales-Paul
Live or failure
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Chelsea Hernandez
Building the American Dream
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Avela Grenier
Rewind
People and Process: Relationships in Documentary Film
Worner Campus Center GAYLORD HALL

Moderated by Dylan Nelson

Human relationships are at the heart of any documentary filmmaking process. As theorist Bill Nichols writes, documentary involves “questions of trust—a quality that cannot be legislated, proposed or promised in the abstract so much as demonstrated, earned and granted.” Join us in a conversation with filmmakers discussing how they build, navigate, and expand their relationships with their subjects across a wide variety of ethical and emotional terrain.

Expected Participants
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Andrea Kalin
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Martha Shane
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Shasta Grenier Winston
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Jen Fineran
Storytelling: Entertainment or Activism
Worner Campus Center GAYLORD HALL

Moderated by Taylor Nygaard

RMWFF believes that film has the power to spark new levels of empathy and understanding, stimulate constructive discourse, and lead to cultural and community connection through awakening new ideas, entertaining and delighting audiences, and pushing creative boundaries. But how do filmmakers strike that balance between entertainment and activism? Join us in a conversation with filmmakers discussing the role of film as activism and the challenges they face in thinking about the relationships between entertainment, education, and advocacy when telling their stories.

Expected Participants
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Andrea Kalin
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Martha Shane
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Mountainfilm 2014
Telluride, CO
Taylor Rees
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