The True/False SWAMI mentorship program was launched in 2007 as a way to help new nonfiction filmmakers navigate the sometimes treacherous terrain of the doc film world. Through meetings with seasoned and knowledgeable industry professionals, first-time filmmakers get unvarnished advice on everything that happens after they finish their final cut. From sales agents to online distribution to European sales, this is a chance for filmmakers to get unbiased answers on some of the thorniest topics in the movie business.
2013 SELECTED FILMMAKERS
Emma Davie, co-director, I Am Breathing
Tinatin Gurchiani, director, The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Eliane Raheb & Nizar Hassan, director and producer, Sleepless Nights
Nick Bentgen & Lisa Kjerulff, director & producer, Northern Light
Jason Osder, director, Let the Fire Burn
Catalina Vergara, co-director, The Last Station
Martha Shane & Lana Wilson, co-directors, After Tiller
Noah Cowan, artistic director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, a visual culture center including cinemas, galleries, and learning studios in downtown Toronto. He’s the former co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival and of the distribution company Cowboy Films.
Sandi Dubowski, director, Trembling Before G-d and the work-in-progress The Amichai Film Project; producer, A Jihad for Love; co-producer, Budrus; Good Pitch U.S. outreach director and grassroots distribution maven. DuBowski speaks about strategic international distribution campaigns, creative audience outreach, engagement, and funding.
Heidi Ewing, co-founder of New York-based Loki Films along with Rachel Grady. Their films include Detropia, Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka, and 12th & Delaware.
Judith Helfand, director, The Uprising of ’34, Blue Vinyl, Everything’s Cool and the Peabody Award winning A Healthy Baby Girl; co-founder of Working Films and Chicken and Egg Pictures.
Tom Quinn, co-president of Radius, the new boutique distribution label within the Weinstein Company, and former senior vice president at Magnolia Pictures.
Esther Robinson, award-winning filmmaker/producer (A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory); former director of film/video and performing arts for the Creative Capital Foundation, and one of the principal architects of their innovative grant-making system.
Jess Search, co-founder of the independent filmmakers’ network Shooting People, and chief executive of Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation.