Sundance Institute event on Nonfiction Filmmaking [read description]

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Sundance Institute event on Nonfiction Filmmaking [read description]

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Here’s how to officially RSVP:

You need to make a profile on Sundance Collab (just takes a minute) then RSVP. Share with colleagues who also want to attend.

Want to connect with other area filmmakers? Check out our events on Facebook and join one of our daily Zoom sessions this week (different time each day and featuring a different guest each day).

Originally slated to take place in Charlotte, NC, we’re going virtual! Welcome to all! We are still celebrating North Carolina by dedicating time for resource gathering and community-building for artists in the southern United States.

How do documentary filmmakers nurture their artistic voice and cultivate successful creative collaborations?

Join Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film team for part one of the day (1:00–3:00 p.m. EST), where we’ll discuss building your body of work as a documentary filmmaker with Cecilia Aldarondo, director of Memories of a Penitent Heart, and developing productive, healthy relationships with your creative team with Jacqueline Olive, Don Bernier, and Bob Edwards from the documentary Always in Season.

We’ll begin part two of the session at 3:30 p.m. with a focus on opportunities for nonfiction creators living in the U.S. South. Artist support organizations from across the region will discuss creative and financial resources available to nonfiction filmmakers, confronting the unique challenges of working in the South.

Stick around for a virtual social hour at 4:30 p.m. to meet fellow nonfiction creators.

Topics will include:

How to build a sustainable foundation in nonfiction filmmaking
How to develop productive and healthy relationships with your team
Unique challenges faced by documentary filmmakers in the U.S. South
Resources available to Southern documentary filmmakers

Download the Zoom desktop client for an optimal experience. (Please note: Live event capacity is capped at 1000 attendees. A recording of the event will be posted to this page within 24 hours of the event ending for anyone unable to attend live)

Scroll down to submit your questions or comments in advance of the session under “JOIN THE DISCUSSION” below.

The session will be recorded for those unable to participate in the live program.

To learn more about Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program click here.


This program is presented by Sundance Institute and is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The John S.and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit

Learn more about the Knight Fellows Project and other upcoming events at

We thank the Charlotte-based organizations we collaborated with: Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project, Charlotte Black Film Festival, The Charlotte Unconventional Film School, and Cine Casual.


May 30
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Charlotte Unconventional Film School [Public Events]