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Film Festivals and Beyond – A Conversation with DOC NYC's Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen



How do film festivals work? Filmmakers see it from one side, but it’s a very different thing from the perspective of those who run a festival. In this D-Word F2F session we explore what goes into starting and growing a film festival, in this case one of the world’s foremost documentary festivals, DOC NYC. We also discuss the art, business and latest trends in documentary with our two well-connected industry insider guests.

Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen have been called “the first couple of documentary curation.” They are co-founders of the DOC NYC and Montclair film festivals, co-host the radio segment Documentary of the Week for WNYC, and also run the Pure Nonfiction podcast and screening series at IFC Center. Additionally, Thom is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival, while Raphaela was Oscar nominated as the producer of the documentary short “Joe’s Violin.”

Moderated by D-Word founder and co-host Doug Block.
This session was recorded on April 29, 2022, and includes ASL interpretation.

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SESSION NOTES:

* For more on DOC NYC: https://www.docnyc.net

* For more on Thom and Raphaela: https://www.docnyc.net/about-us/meet-the-team

* The Pure Nonfiction Podcast: https://www.purenonfiction.net

* For more on Doug Block: https://dougblock.com

* Documentary professionals – for more info about The D-Word and how to join (it’s free!): https://www.d-word.com

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