GE and CINELAN announce from The Doha Tribeca Film Festival that the following award-winning filmmakers will join Focus Forward, a global documentary initiative that looks at the human power of ideas and innovation through three-minute films that can educate and inspire: Lucy Walker (director, Waste Land), Eddie Schmidt (producer, Twist of Faith), Phil Cox (director, The Bengali Detective), Leslie Iwerks (director, The Pixar Story) and Stanley Nelson (director, Freedom Riders).
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CINELAN also invites non–North American filmmakers to explore contributing to the Focus Forward effort. CINELAN's co-fournder, Karol Martesko-Fenster, says of the enthusiastic response to their program: "Focus Forward is a truly global initiative and we are encouraged that the universal appeal of its message ensures it will have a global face.”
CINELAN is also working with filmmakers Joe Berlinger, Lixin Fan, Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Steve James, Barbara Kopple, Ross Kauffman, Morgan Spurlock and Jessica Yu to create thirty three-minute films that will be curated into collections for the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals (and others across the globe) followed by online distribution via Vimeo. You can watch some of their existing films here.
Key executives from CINELAN, including co-founder Morgan Spurlock, Douglas Dicconson, Cinelan’s Managing Director for Special Projects, and Damon Smith, Director of Content Strategy and Acquisitions, are attending the Doha Tribeca Festival to explore possible partnerships with non–North American filmmakers and to discuss the rich potential of short-form documentary film. On October 28, Spurlock will join Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, for a discussion on the power of documentaries for change as part of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival’s “In Conversation With...” series.
“The more filmmakers we talk to about Focus Forward, the more we hear passionate feedback that the 3-minute format is ideal for storytellers who want to inspire audiences with an innovative idea,” said Dicconson. “With GE’s support, CINELAN is moving this concept to the next level so that professional filmmakers everywhere can get involved. We are thrilled with the partners we have on board and are looking forward to adding more.”
The next stop at a partner festival for the Focus Forward team will be at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November, with leading events to be announced soon. International filmmakers who wish to submit brief treatments for three-minute stories around the Focus Forward theme can write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.