2018 DOCTalks Festival & Symposium

Wednesday June 13th @ 1:15pm Room 53 Amphitheatre UNB MacLaggan Hall – Panel Discussion
Funding Documentaries in the United States
This panel discussion will explore how documentary media projects are created and produced in the United States, and will offer some advice for Canadian filmmakers.

 Laura Azevedo: Executive Director, Fillmmakers Collaborative
Monika Navarro:  Senior Manager of Content & Initiatives,  Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Moderator: Jonathan Collicott, Director & Producer, Dark Blue Horizon Productions

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Laura Azevedo
Laura Azevedo has over twenty years experience as a production manager and supervising producer, with credits on national series such as NOVA, American Experience and FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. In her tenure at Filmmakers Collaborative (FC) she has positioned the organization as one of the few non-profit fiscal sponsors able to handle both traditional and crowd-sourced funding in an easy and streamlined fashion — a huge asset to FC filmmakers as they increasingly turn online for project funding. She manages all strategic planning for the Filmmakers Collaborative, and is interested in implementing further networking and educational opportunities for the independent media-making community. She is co-creator and current director of the Boston International Kids Film Festival.

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Monika Navarro
Monika Navarro is a documentary filmmaker and the Senior Manager of Content & Initiatives for the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Before joining ITVS, she was a Producer for WORLD Channel (WGBH-Boston) and its Emmy-nominated docuseries America ReFramed, as well as Doc World and Local, USA. Her debut documentary Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) aired on the the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. She associate produced the Peabody award-winning six-hour PBS series The Latino Americans, has produced short web videos for Univision and the PBS American Graduate initiative, and is currently developing a new media project, Marked for Life, which will explore the impact of gang injunctions on individuals and public spaces. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.

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Jon Collicott - Moderator
Jonathan Collicott is a researcher, writer, cinematographer and director. Jonathan has a passion for creating stories on the screen and has worked in film & television since 1997. Over the years, he has worked on TV programs that aired on History Television, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery and Bravo; and that were produced in association with the National Film Board of Canada. He has worked in many different roles on dramatic and documentary films, including - research, screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography and editing. In addition to freelance film work, Jon has also taught the art and practice of documentary and dramatic filmmaking as Head of the Film & Media Production Program at the Centre for Arts & Technology / daVinci College.