Poetic Journalism

Posted March 1, 2012

Panel #48
Saturday, March 3, 10:30am
Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St.

Straightforward reportage packed with “just the facts, ma’am” has long dominated the world of documentary and television journalism. But more and more filmmakers are attacking reality with sideways blows, immersing us in strange worlds that can’t be reduced to broadcast convention. See how the new guard approaches “the news.” With Heidi Ewing (Detropia), Karim El Hakim (1/2 Revolution), and the director of Secret Screening Orange. Moderated by Emily Verellen.

Emilly Verellen (The Fledgling Fund)

Emily Verellen is the Director of Programs and Communications at The Fledgling Fund, where she provides strategic communications and expanded outreach and audience engagement support for the Creative Media Initiative. Verellen co-founded The Binti Pamoja Center, a women’s rights and reproductive health center in Nairobi, Kenya, and in 2006, she received a grant from The Fledgling Fund to publish a book about it that features photographs, stories, and autobiographies from the teenage members of the center. Verellen holds degrees from American University and the London School of Economics.

Heidi Ewing (Detropia)

Heidi Ewing was born and raised in the Detroit area and just completed Detropia, an elegy to Motor City which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the U.S. Documentary Editing Award. In 2010, she and directing partner Rachel Grady completed 12th & Delaware, a harrowing, cinéma vérité chronicle of the abortion wars which made its premiere at Sundance, won a Peabody award, and aired on HBO. She and Grady were nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for Jesus Camp, a searing look at the Christian right through the eyes of young children. Ewing is the owner of New York’s Loki Films, which produces non-fiction motion pictures, television programs, and commercials.

Karim El Hakim (1/2 Revolution)

Karim El Hakim is active in the Cairo independent film community and has shot and produced award-winning International Documentaries and Egyptian short films, including Ein Semeka (Fisheye), Miraculum, and Beit Min Lahm (House of Flesh), which earned him the Egyptian State Prize for Best Cinematography in 2006. Hakim worked as a cinematographer on Alex Gibney’s My Trip to Al Qaeda, which chronicles fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power. He studied Art & the History of Art & Architecture at Tufts University. 1/2 Revolution is his first feature film.

David Redmon (Secret Screening Orange)

David Redmon’s interest is in nonfiction documentary storytelling, and with his partner, Ashley Sabin, he has produced, directed, edited, and photographed four films: Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), and Invisible Girlfriend (2009). Most recently, David and Ashley finished their most ambitious project, Girl Model (2011), which screens on POV this fall. Together, they started the distribution branch of their production company, Carnivalesque Films. Mardi Gras: Made in China was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Kamp Katrina and Intimidad both premiered at Museum of Modern Art and the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, and all of Redmon and Sabin’s films have screened on domestic and international television stations. Redmon received his PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and is currently completing an ethnographic book on carnival culture and visual sociology for Routledge.