PANELS & WORKSHOPS
PANEL: CAPTURING TRUE LIFE: DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Saturday April 27th at 1:45PM
LOCATION: BLACKBIRD COFFEE
Has the role of the documentary film changed / evolved in our current era? This panel will explore that through such topics as development, financing, production, post-production, legal, and distribution. Experienced panelists will offer insight into the craft and business of documentary content.
Every production calls for special talents and skills. Suzan’s greatest strength is to find and transform a diverse creative group into a cohesive team that spins a riveting story, on time and on budget.
Suzan created and sold her first television series to Turner Broadcasting in 2000. “The Natural South,” a branded environmental adventure show, was funded by Southern Company and won fifteen Telly Awards and four Emmy nominations. Since that time, her team has developed several more reality and documentary TV series for HGTV, the DIY network, and PBS and has won two regional Emmys for the PBS series, “EcoSense for Living.” Picture Window Productions has branched out to create scripted and hybrid scripted/reality series, as well as feature films intended to be produced entirely in Georgia.
Suzan is a founding member of the Atlanta PGA (Producers Guild of America), a founding member of the Safety Shot Initiative, and chairperson of WIN, the PGA Women’s Impact Committee. In 2000, Governor Roy Barnes appointed her to the Georgia Film & Video
Advisory Board, on which she served for two years. She’s passionate about promoting gender equity and diversity in media and creating new opportunities for media growth in Georgia.
Originally from NY, Kit Vinsick is an award winning filmmaker now living in Georgia. She is a staff Director/Producer at Craig Miller Productions in Atlanta. Her feature Whisper Me a Lullaby, won Best Feature Film at Big Apple Film Festival. Home: Family of Woodstock, completed in 2017, was her first feature length documentary. She is an Artistic Associate for ANDTheatre Co and a member of Film Fatales and WIFTA. In her spare time, Kit is a mentor to young women and filmmaking instructor for Kids Video Connection. Farming on the Flint is her first Georgia grown film. For more info: www.craigmiller.tv
Maryanne Galvin is an independent filmmaker as well as a practicing
forensic psychologist in Boston, Massachusetts. Her non-fiction films -
many with a social justice focus-have won awards at film festivals in
the USA and abroad. Several have been broadcast and all are
distributed widely. Galvin has also written, directed, produced and
edited four educational training videos for mental health and law
enforcement professionals. She holds a doctorate in psychology from
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a licensed and Board
Certified psychologist. She also earned the MFA in Creative
Writing at Emerson College, Boston. Filmmaker, forensic psychologist,
educator, and entrepreneur, Galvin uses her background in
psychology, behavioral science and creative writing to inform her