Kids Today

Posted March 1, 2012

Panel #45
Friday, March 2, 4:00pm
Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St.

T/F 2012 features some of the most unforgettable children in recent documentary memory. In a self-conscious world fueled by social media, how does one coax natural “performances” from subjects? These directors share stories and lessons learned. WIth Elizabeth Mims (Only the Young), Wojciech Staro? (Argentinian Lesson), Omar Mullick (These Birds Walk), and the director of Secret Screening Purple. Moderated by Beadie Finzi.

Beadie Finzi

Beadie Finzi is one of the founding directors of BritDoc Foundation, a UK-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to reinventing funding and distribution models for documentary filmmakers. In the last seven years, BritDoc has enabled over 60 award winning feature documentary films, including Hell & Back Again, Afghan Star, The Yes Men Fix The World, and the environmental polemic The End of The Line. In addition to her work with BritDoc, Beadie continues to work as a documentary ?lmmaker, producing Unknown White Male, and more recently directing The Hunger Season, a feature doc on food aid. Her film Only When I Dance, a classic narrative documentary following two young Brazilian teenagers as they strive to realize an extraordinary dream, premiered at Tribeca in 2009.

Elizabeth Mims (Only the Young)

Elizabeth Mims grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010. It was at CalArts that she produced her first documentary short, Thompson, which won the Jury Award at South by Southwest and went on to play at Sundance. Only the Young is her first documentary feature. Elizabeth’s other accolades include being named freshman homecoming princess at Austin High School.

Wojciech Staron (Argentinian Lesson)

Wojciech Staron is a graduate of the Cinematography Department of the Polish Film School, and of the Postgraduate Programme at the Institute of Developing Countries of Warsaw University, and has worked as a cinematographer of many documentaries, feature films, and TV shows. Staron is also an accomplished photographer, with several individual exhibitions and awards under his belt. With Argentinian Lesson, Staron explores similar terrain as his 1998 documentary Siberian Lesson, though this time in a decidedly warmer clime and through his son’s eyes. Before coming to True/False, Argentinian Lesson earned both the Golden Horn Award for the Director of Best Film at the 51st Krakow Film Festival and the Award for Best Cinematography from the Polish Association of Cinematographers.

Omar Mullick (These Birds Walk)

Omar Mullick recently received a Sundance Institute documentary grant for his film These Birds Walk, about an ailing Pakistani humanitarian. Mullick’s work as a photographer has appeared in the New York Times and National Geographic, and he has received numerous fellowships and awards, including from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Western Knight Center for Journalism. Mullick was recently granted a solo show of his work, titled ‘Can’t Take It With You,’ at the Gallery FCB in Chelsea, New York. His commercial work in film includes working as a director of photography on skate videos and television shows for MTV. These Birds Walk is his first feature film.

Bill Ross (Secret Screening Purple)

In 2009, brothers Bill and Turner Ross released their first feature length film 45365, an impressionistic portrait of their hometown of Sydney, Ohio, which won the South by Southwest Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. Bill, who works as an editor in New Orleans, has received numerous accolades, including nominations for Editing, Cinematography, and Debut Feature at the Cinema Eye Honors and the London BFI Grierson Award. His documentary, fiction, and multi-media short films have screened museums and film festivals throughout the world.