New Directions in Documentary Film Festival & Symposium

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Maria San Filippo / Wellesley College
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The New Directions in Documentary Film Festival & Symposium, taking place October 19-25 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, is a weeklong screening series showcasing formal and conceptual reorientations in recent American documentary filmmaking. Albert Maysles will deliver a keynote address titled "Handheld and from the Heart," while distinguished documentary filmmakers Debra Chasnoff, Su Friedrich, Susan Meiselas, Robb Moss, Llewellyn M. Smith, and Jessica Yu will present their latest works. In addition, the program features acclaimed works by up-and-coming filmmakers Natalia Almada, Liza Johnson, Amanda Micheli, Laurel Nakadate, and Alexander Olch. These guests will join in conversation with noted filmmakers and scholars Robin Blaetz, Thomas Doherty, Scott MacDonald, Ross McElwee, and Philip Rosen in an accompanying symposium featuring panels on auto/biographical documentary, new documentary aesthetics, and documentary as political action.

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Maria San Filippo, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cinema and Media Studies
Salem Mekuria, Professor of Art and Director, Cinema and Media Studies Program
Wini Wood, Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program and Cinema and Media Studies Program

New Directions Planning Committee
Wellesley College