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Academy Celebrates Rise of Nonfiction: Doc Panelists Bar-Lev, Guggenheim, Stern

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 11, 2011 at 3:23AM

"The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest in the Academy's John Huston Lecture series, will take place on October 26 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Panelists will discuss how feature documentaries have discovered a newfound popularity and cutting edge ways to brings stories to life, amid rapidly evolving modes of media consumption and distribution.
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"The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest in the Academy's John Huston Lecture series, will take place on October 26 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Panelists will discuss how feature documentaries have discovered a newfound popularity and cutting edge ways to brings stories to life, amid rapidly evolving modes of media consumption and distribution.

R.J. Cutler (The September Issue, The War Room) will moderate a panel with Amir Bar-Lev (director, The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That), Davis Guggenheim (director, Waiting for 'Superman,' An Inconvenient Truth), Lourdes Portillo (producer, Las Madres–The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo; producer-director, Señorita Extraviada, ) (1985), Ricki Stern (director, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Devil Came on Horseback), Molly Thompson (exec producer, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Jesus Camp), and Diane Weyermann (exec producer of Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Food, Inc.).

Tickets for the "The Rise of Nonfiction Movies" can be purchased here.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, On the Town, Production , Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.