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Ava DuVernay to Serve as Keynote Speaker for ‘Getting Real ‘16’ Conference

Director Ava DuVernay attends a cocktail reception for "Queen Sugar" at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Director Ava DuVernay attends a cocktail reception for “Queen Sugar” at Liberty Kitchen on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

*Filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Steve James will serve as keynote speakers at Getting Real ’16, a biennial filmmaker conference hosted by the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

This year, the conference, which was first launched in 2014, has as its theme as “Art, Diversity and Sustainability,” according to The Hollywood Reporter:

The conference will be take place from Sept. 27-29 at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and other locations in Hollywood.

DuVernay, whose next upcoming film is documentary “The 13th,” producer/director Shola Lynch and James, whose credits range from “Hoop Dreams” to “Life Itself,” will appear on Sept. 27, while Marcia Smith, president and co-founder of Firelight Media, will deliver a keynote on Sept. 28.

The program will include a focus on international issues; case studies on the craft of documentary film to be held at the NeueHouse in Hollywood, a VR Doc Summit bringing together VR makers; and one-on-one mentorship meetings between filmmakers and industry mentors.

“Getting Real represents the coming together of a diverse and dynamic community, not just to celebrate individual films, but to strengthen the connections within the field,” Simon Kilmurry, IDA executive director, said. “While passion for the truth through documentary storytelling drives many of us, it is only through building community and strengthening infrastructure can we forge an industry that thrives.”

A partial lineup of events, speakers, and panels is available here.

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