Filmmakers Ava DuVernay (Selma) and Shola Lynch (Free Angela and All Political Prisoners) have officially joined the lineup of keynote speakers for Getting Real ’16, a unique gathering of filmmakers and industry professionals that brings the documentary community together for keynotes, panels, presentations, and more.  The opening keynote speech will take place on September 27 at 9:30am.

Getting Real is designed to inspire filmmakers and give them the skills, information, and networks they need to push their careers to new heights. The event serves as a critically needed field-building incubator that tackles the most meaningful and challenging issues facing the documentary ecosystem.  Events will include keynotes, conversations with noted filmmakers, interactive presentations exploring the art and craft of documentary, distribution of recent documentaries, exclusive Here’s What Really Happened sessions that go behind the scenes into the making of recent docs.

The three-day conference will take place September 27 – 29 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and other locations in Hollywood.

For more information, the event schedule, and registration for the event, please click HERE.

Lynch’s first documentary feature CHISHOLM ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed, about Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s historic run for president in 1972, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, and garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations and a prestigious Peabody for excellence.  She then went on to her second feature documentary, FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners which revolves around the iconic Angela Davis.  Lynch is currently working on several film projects including her first narrative feature tentatively titled “The Outlaw” which she was awarded a prestigious Creative Capital grant for development.

DuVernay won the Best Director Prize at Sundance in 2012 for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere and became the first African American woman to ever win this award. She also became the first African American woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2014 for her work on Selma, and was the first African American woman to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, also for her work on Selma. Her next project, The 13th, a documentary revolving around mass incarceration, can be seen on October 7th at the 54th New York Film Festival.



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