2016 Speakers

 Jennifer Grausman  [KEYNOTE] most recently directed and produced the feature documentary ART AND CRAFT, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards and was winner of the National Board of Review Top 5 Documentaries in 2014. Previously she directed and produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary PRESSURE COOKER (2008), which was executive produced by Participant media and garnered awards from festivals across the country including a Special Jury Commendation at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival.


Caitlin BoyleCaitlin Boyle, executive director of Film Sprout, is a pioneer of grassroots distribution for independent films, Caitlin began her career as a journalist, working on staff at NPR affiliates WFIU and WFUV and at New York’s flagship PBS station, WNET. After founding Film Sprout in 2009, she became a leading voice for the nontraditional distribution of documentary films in community settings, and a champion of films’ power to effect grassroots social change. Her presentations on grassroots film distribution have rallied filmmakers at SXSW, Hot Docs, IFP, Sheffield Doc/Fest, RIDM, Los Angeles Film Festival, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and The New York Foundation for the Arts, among others. She serves on the board of Brooklyn documentary center UnionDocs, and has participated in the advisory board of NYU’s Cinema Research Institute and the documentary advisory committee of the Paley Center for Media.


Andy Schocken

Andy Schocken is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer living in Brooklyn, NY. Song of Lahore, his producing and directing debut, premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and IDFA, and was acquired by Broad Green Pictures for theatrical release. He was a co-producer and cinematographer for The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, which was nominated for an Academy Award and aired on HBO. His cinematography credits include recently released documentaries such as A Lego Brickumentary, Very Semi-Serious, First Position, and Gerhard Richter Painting. His corporate clients include Apple, Facebook, and Etsy. Andy holds a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Marcie Hume (Director/Producer/Development Exec) began her documentary career in factual television in London. She has Produced a range of series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. For Channel 4, she produced “Titanic: The Mission” which saw modern day engineers rebuild iconic parts of the famous ship, and explored the social history of the era; “Hidden Talent” which used cutting-edge scientific tests to uncover latent abilities; and “Confessions of a Doctor”, uncovering the social history of medicine in Britain. In the US she developed the hit Discovery series “Edge of Alaska”, and “Rocky Mountain Law” for Nat Geo. Along with filmmaker Christoph Baaden, her film Hood To Coast premiered at South By Southwest and was released theatrically through NCM Fathom in 2011. She has recently completed a feature documentary “Magicians”, following the trials and tribulations of four professional magicians.


Greg SniderBlue Chalk editor Greg Snider‘s work includes the HBO documentary feature HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Grand Jury Award. Greg’s editorial work on this film also won him the prestigious Karen Schmeer Award For Excellence in Documentary Editing. Greg recently edited the feature documentary, THE WINDING STREAM – THE CARTERS, THE CASHES AND THE COURSE OF COUNTRY MUSIC.

His work also includes editing THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, winner of multiple film festival awards including the Audience Award at Slamdance, 2005.


Christoph Baaden
Non-Fiction Director/Producer of The Magicians & Hood to Coast.

Christoph is a film and television professional as well as the Executive Director of Film For Thought, Inc. Born in Germany, he worked in Berlin as a TV Producer until 1999 when he moved to the US to study Film and Television Production. An Emmy winner, he has been hired by Sony, Universal, the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel and the History Channel to edit, direct, and produce. Christoph ran the HTC race for the first time in 2007. After finishing the race, he vowed to shoot his first feature-length documentary about this exhilarating event.


Beth Harrington
Beth Harrington is an award-winning independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. She has been making media professionally since 1977. She most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture.

Harrington’s independent production Welcome to the Club – The Women of Rockabilly, a music documentary about the pioneering women of rock and roll, was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination and has been seen on public television and at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. This and other work reflect a long-standing love of music. In a previous lifetime, she was a rock & roll singer, most noted for her years as a member of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers on the Warner Brothers Sire Records label



Julie Whang (Director of Non-Theatrical Sales, TUGG)  Julie Whang has over 10 years experience in independent film distribution, exhibition, promotion
and operations. Currently she is the Director of NonTheatrical Sales at Tugg, the leading crowdsourcing webplatform that enables individuals the opportunity to book a film screening at their local cinema, educational institution and within the nontheatrical community. Her previous position was the Director of Distribution and Sales at Women Make Movies, the largest distributor of films by and about women. Her accomplishments include working successfully in all facets of distribution from acquiring films, marketing, sales, contract negotiations and fulfillment. Julie has an MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School and BA in Visual Arts Media from theUniversity of California, San Diego.



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