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Sunday, April 15

9:00am PDT

Collaborating Cross-Country on Creative Projects
Let's say you have a colleague at a school 1000 miles away and you want to collaborate on a major media project. How do you do it? This session will debut a new national documentary on the role broadcasters played in saving thousands of lives during last year's deadly tornados in Joplin and Tuscaloosa. Both the NAB and BEA were partners in this project. It was directed from Oklahoma, produced in Alabama, edited at Ohio and with the client in Washington DC. The team will present practical tips on how to make cross-country collaborations work. Moderator: Scott Hodgson, University of Oklahoma
Panelists: Chandra Clark, The University of Alabama; Sonja Bozic, Ohio University

Sunday April 15, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Conference Room 5

12:00pm PDT

The Local Documentary as Shared Experience
This session offers multiple perspectives on creating faculty-student collaborations for local documentary production. Each of the panel's participants will explore the dynamic nature of the aesthetic, affective, discovery and critical thinking aspects of non-fiction storytelling, as well as showing examples that can guide small college programs. Moderator: David M. McCoy, Ashland University
Panelists: Phil Hoffman, The University of Akron; The Local Documentary as Critical Thinking
Gretchen Dworznik, Ashland University; Tim McCarty, Ashland University, The Local Documentary as Affective Experience
David McCoy, Ashland University; The Local Documentary as Aesthetic Experience
Joe Murray, Kent State University; The Local Documentary as Student Discovery

Sunday April 15, 2012 12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT
Pavilion 9

1:30pm PDT

Can You Do That in a Documentary?
Our goal is to continue exploring issues concerning the documentary in a participatory fashion through focused conversation. This year we will look at the ethics of various documentary techniques, ranging from editing, to reenactment, to animation. Following a brief session introduction by Evan Johnson, we will break into small groups, each with its own moderator, for an in-depth discussion on various aspects of the theme. We will re-convene at the end for reports from each small group. Moderator: Evan Johnson, Normandale Community College
Panelists: Thomas Mascaro, Bowling Green University
Dan Kimbrough, Misericordia University
Michael Ogden, Central Washington University
Bill Deering, UW - Stevens Point
Ralph Beliveau, University of Oklahoma

Sunday April 15, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
Pavilion 9

3:00pm PDT

Documentary Funding: Getting Your Project to “Green Light”

Many faculty have great ideas for documentary projects but do not necessarily have exposure to the procedures of how to present their ideas for funding and distribution (or, television acquisition). This panel is aimed at providing faculty with advice and tools to take their idea from the proposal, to the pitch and (hopefully!) to "green light!" Panelists will each provide 10-minute presentations on documentary funding options, proposal “best practices” drawn from winning submissions and the importance of a strong project pitch prior to opening the floor to Q&A and discussion.
Moderator: Michael R. Ogden, Central Washington University
Chris Turner, Independent Television Service (ITVS), “From Concept to Contract: The Path of an ITVS Proposal”
Steve Weiss, Clubhouse Productions & Colorado State University, “News & Sports Documentary Funding Options in Today’s Television Marketplace”
Michael R. Ogden, Central Washington University, "Low Budget Film Financing: Is Crowdsourcing The Answer?"

Sunday April 15, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT
Pavilion 9
Monday, April 16

1:15pm PDT

Entrepreneurship: A Critical Issue in Documentary Education

The panelists represent four universities from different regions of the country with graduate programs that specialize in or have an emphasis on documentary education and that culminate in an MFA degree. Each panelist will discuss approaches adopted to prepare students for the changing professional marketplace in the industry and/or academe to provide an overview of “best practices” of entrepreneurship at their respective programs.
Moderator: Mary Dalton, Wake Forest University
Panelists: C. Melinda Levin, University of North Texas; Social Media Development and Entrepreneurship:  A Tiered Curricular Model
Dennis Aig, Montana State University; Funding the Decisive Moment: Financing Nonfiction in the Cloud
Mary Dalton, Wake Forest University; Integrating Entrepreneurship into the Traditional Documentary Curriculum

Monday April 16, 2012 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Pavilion 3

2:45pm PDT

Always Get It in Writing: Production Agreements for Today's Media World
The media world has changed. Have your production agreements also changed? What production agreements do you need today? What types of agreements might you need tomorrow? This panel, composed of three attorneys with experience in media, entertainment and intellectual property law will answers these plus other critical production legal questions. Moderator: Vinay Shrivastava, San Francisco State University
Panelists: Miriam Smith, San Francisco State; Stewart Kellar, working professional; John Da Corsi, working professional

Monday April 16, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Conference Room 2

4:15pm PDT

Reality Check: Challenges for Today’s Documentarians

This session raises and addresses questions of choice during documentary production: how does one present history from sparse audio-visual evidence; how does one balance the need to convey an idea to the public without overstepping ethical boundaries; what has the increase in reality programming and cable-channel documentary productions done to complicate traditional documentary agreements between filmmaker and subject; what are the challenges of depicting the realities of Native Americans to wider audiences?
Moderator: Thomas Mascaro, Bowling Green University
Panelists: Leighton C. Peterson, Miami University (Ohio); Shooting Back: The Complexities of Representation in Native American Documentaries
Kathleen Ryan, University of Colorado; Lack of Evidence: Documenting the History of Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service during WWII
Nancy Carlson, Ball State University; Faking the Shot vs. Public Awareness: Ethical Issues in Wildlife Conservation Films
Respondent: Evan Johnson, Normandale Community College

Monday April 16, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Conference Room 1
Tuesday, April 17

2:45pm PDT

Course “SmashUp”: Creating Noteworthy Student Community Projects

This panel will discuss how collaborations between media production courses, communication studies courses, or even courses from other departments, can produce viable community media projects while providing relevant, real-world experiences for all students involved. Panelists will lead a discussion on the community media projects they devised and share techniques on how other colleges and universities can implement and execute such service learning experiences. They will also discuss how to get student buy-in when doing such collaborations.
Moderator: Victor Evans, Thiel College
Panelists: Kevin Burke, University of Cincinnati
Laurie Moroco, Thiel College
Diane Guerrazzi, San Jose State University
Alan Hueth, Point Loma Nazarene University
Douglas Osman, Purdue University

Tuesday April 17, 2012 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Pavilion 2

4:15pm PDT

Documents vs. Documentaries


Must documentaries present a social analysis ? Is this analysis external to the documents used for the work ? We producers and teachers start with documents. Do such documents themselves include embedded social codes; or do they become material for documentaries when the prodcer adds her experience and her own analysis? This is a praxis-based analysis of the way documents are used by documentarians, refracted from the perspectives of a graduate student, a TV reporter/producer, and a broadcast professor.
Moderator: David Dunaway, San Francisco State University & University of New Mexico
Panelists: David Dunaway, San Francisco State University & University of New Mexico;
Documents and Their Use in Documentary
Greg Luft, Colorado State University; Documents from A Reporter's POV
Julia Bernstein, San Francisco State University; Documents and Documentarists
Respondent: Grace Provenzano, San Francisco State University

Tuesday April 17, 2012 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Pavilion 10
Wednesday, April 18

9:00am PDT

A Pocketful of Video: Big Things from Little Cameras

An informational exchange about letting students use their own equipment to record and edit class projects, bypassing department equipment.
Moderator: Linda Thorsen Bond, Stephen F. Austin State University
Casey Hart, Stephen F. Austin State University; Transforming Theory to Classroom Practice
Al Greule, Stephen F. Austin State University; Putting Pocket Video to Use
Linda Thorsen Bond, Stephen F. Austin State University; Working in the Converged Classroom
Tony DeMars, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Digital Media Classes in Traditional Media Programs

Wednesday April 18, 2012 9:00am - 10:15am PDT
Conference Room 4