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Representation in Documentary: an Interactive Discussion with Michele Stephenson (IE1-1280)

Oct 08, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

University of Maryland Hornbake Library

4130 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, United States

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Event Description
In this candid conversation, award-winning filmmaker Michèle Stephenson (American Promise, New York Times Op/Docs The Conversation series) addresses the challenges and opportunities for more diverse representation behind the camera, in front of the camera, and among the gatekeepers of funding and distribution in the world of documentary. Join us for brunch and to take part in this important conversation.

NOTE: This event will take place at the University of Maryland's Hornbake Library (not Docs In Progress as originally planned). This is to allow for more people to participate in a larger space and also because it is being co-presented by The Creative Edge as part of their Future of Film Conference.


Michele StephensonAs co-founding member of the Rada Film Group, filmmaker, artist and author, Michèle Stephenson, pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and international experience as a human rights attorney to tell compelling deeply personal stories in a variety of media that resonate beyond the margins.

Her work has appeared on a variety of broadcast and web platforms, including PBS, Showtime and MTV. Her most recent film, American Promise, was nominated for three Emmys including Best Documentary and Best News Coverage of a Contemporary Issue. The film also won the Jury Prize at Sundance, and was selected for the New York Film Festivals’ Main Slate Program. Stephenson was recently awarded the Chicken & Egg Pictures Filmmaker Breakthrough Award and is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her current work, Hispaniola, is supported by the National Film Board of Canada and the Sundance Documentary Fund.

Her community engagement accomplishments include the PUMA BritDoc Impact Award for a Film with the Greatest Impact on Society, a Revere Award Nomination from the American Publishers Association, and she is a fellow of Skoll Storytellers of Change. Her recent book, Promises Kept, written along with co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

Stephenson is one of the founders of and has co-produced several short documentaries in The Conversation a series of Op Ed documentaries for the New York Times, including An Education in Equality, A Conversation With White People on Race, and A Conversation with Black Women on Race.

Stephenson has participated in a variety of speaking engagements and conferences addressing issues affecting communities of color.

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The Hornbake Library is located on the main campus of the University of Maryland - College Park.

By Metro
Take the Green Line to College Park. From there, catch the University of Maryland Shuttle Bus 104. (see schedule). See map below for drop-off points closest to the Hornbake Library.
Coming south on Route 1 (from the Beltway), take a right onto Campus Drive (if you’re coming north on Route 1 from Hyattsville or DC, take a left), Campus Drive is the University of Maryland’s main entrance. When you get to the roundabout with the large flowery “M” on it, take a right onto Regents Dr. At the first stop sign, you’ll see a parking garage. This is Regents Garage. There is free parking here on weekends on levels 2-5 (If you park on Level 1 where the meters are, you will have to pay the meter or risk a ticket). From level 3, there is a pedestrian ramp which leads into Hornbake Plaza. Once you reach the plaza, you will see the library on your left.

If you need to include directions in a GPS, use directions to the Regents Drive Garage in College Park, MD.

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a program after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

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University of Maryland Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740, United States
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