CAAM At Getting Real ’18 IDA Conference

S. Leo Chiang, one of the organizers A-Doc, welcomes the crowd at IDA Getting Real 2016. Photo by Neelanjana Banerjee.
Stay tuned for an announcement as part of our support for filmmakers!

CAAM is once again excited to be a part of the biennial International Documentary Association’s Getting Real conference. The conference takes place September 25-27, 2018 in Los Angeles. This year’s theme focuses on sustainability, transparency, and creativity. It’s the only kind of its conference, bringing together 1,000 people to talk about the world of documentary filmmaking.

We will be announcing a major initiative at the convening as part of our Filmmaker Support — stay tuned!

In 2016, A-Doc was formally announced at Getting Real at a historic convening of Asian American documentary filmmakers. Read more about it here.

Check out our staff members on the following panels:

This conversation explores gatekeeper power structures in funding, curating and broadcasting films, as well as the systemic challenges for diversifying the gatekeepers themselves. What actions can we take as an industry to reimagine and shift the power imbalance to lead us to a truly diverse and inclusive documentary field? (Panelist includes CAAM’s Director of Programs Donald Young).
Chi-hui Yang is a curator based in New York, and is currently Program Officer for Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative, a global effort that supports non-fiction filmmakers and organizations whose work addresses the most urgent social issues of our time. As a curator, he has presented programs at MoMA, Anthology Film Archives, and Flaherty Film Seminar. From 2000-2010 he was director of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Yang is also an instructor at Brooklyn’s UnionDocs and has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Hunter College. He earned a Master’s degree in film studies from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University. (Chi-Hui Yang is CAAM’s former festival director).
The National Minority Consortia (NMC) were formed in the American public media system with the vision of diversity as a common good. Black Public Media (BPM), the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC) and Vision Maker Media each serve their communities and the greater goal of diversity and inclusion in their work within the public media sphere and beyond. Come hear how the NMC champions the next generation of storytellers and builds new partnerships. Let’s find new ways to create opportunities for makers and others to strategize with us. (Panelist features CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong).
A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network) is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field. Come join us as we discuss how we can come together as a community to raise and strengthen our voices and visibility; build bridges between established and emerging filmmakers, as well as between A-Doc, the larger Asian American community, the intersectional community of media-makers and the field of documentary at large. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

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