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Documentary Film Week at Spelman

Monday, April 5, 2021 to Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Virtual

Spelman College Documentary Film Week

Schedule of Events

Sam Pollard Speaks at Doc Film Week at SpelmanMonday, April 5

Documentary Film Masterclass with Sam Pollard

7:15 p.m.

Sam Pollard, a director, producer and editor for over 30 years, talks about his work and what has been key to his success working in film and creating impactful media. He with how he started his career with "Eyes on the Prize" then went on to doing editing with Spike Lee and then to "MLK/FBI" and much more.

Co-hosted by Third World Newsreel, funding for this event is provided by The Doris Duke Foundation.

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Wednesday April 7

Production Assistant Roundtable

11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Students past and present discuss their experiences working as production assistants, give earned experience on Do’s and Don’ts, and exchange tricks of the trade. What happens on set? What are you expected to do during the day on set or in the production office? How to handle petty cash or create an invoice or crafty. What's crafty?

This casual “Lunch and Learn” conversation is perfect for students who have not worked on a profession production before or have limited experience. Feel free to contribute insights from your experience and/or ask questions. 

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Zoom ID: 953 2500 8640


Spelman Hosts Masterclass with Zac ManuelThursday April 8

Masterclass with Cinematographer Zac Manuel

 6:30 p.m.

Zac Manuel is an award-winning, New Orleans bred-and-based cinematographer and director whose work in documentary film and music video explores intimacy, Black masculinity, class, identity, and inheritance. His cinematography credits include Buckjumping (New Orleans Film Festival 2018, Winner Best Cinematography), The Earth is Humming (Field of Vision; SXSW 2018), Alone (NYT Op-Doc; Sundance 2017 Jury Award Winner – Best Non-Fiction Film), and America (Sundance 2019 Jury Award Winner), and Time (Sundance 2020), an Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary in 2021.

His work as a director has been exhibited at festivals and on platforms around the world, including The Washington Post, BBC, MTV News, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, and many more. Manuel is a grantee of the Tribeca All-Access program, the IFP Documentary Story Lab, and is a recipient of 2017 Create Louisiana Grant, and the 2017 SDF Production Grant for his debut documentary feature, Bloodthicker, which is currently in post-production.

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Katheryn Bostic Conducts Masterclass at SpelmanFriday April 9

"Scoring for Performance"
Doris Duke Artist Kathryn Bostic in Conversation with Aku Kadogo

12:00 p.m.

Composer and singer/songwriter Kathryn Bostic is known for her original work on film, TV, theater and symphonic music. Emmy nominated for her score in the award winning film “Toni Morrison- The Pieces I am,” she is a recipient of many fellowships and awards including the prestigious Sundance Time Warner Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring, African American Film Critics Award for Best Music in Film, BMI Conducting Fellowship and Society of Composers and Lyricists “Outstanding Music for Independent Feature Film.” Kathryn was the Vice President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers from 2016-2018. A member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2016 she became the first female African American score composer in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Funding for the Kathryn Bostic conversation is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation.

Special Guest: Peter Golub, director of Sundance Composer's Lab

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Passcode: 117262


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