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Mentors - Filmmakers 1: Documentary

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Every filmmaker has a story to tell. Get advice, or share those stories with experienced filmmakers in our Documentary Filmmaker Mentor category.

Mentor session signup is open to all Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders at a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants who signed up online must check-in 30 minutes before your mentor time slot to guarantee your spot. Limited on-site signup is also available for a small number of mentor sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.

To sign up for a mentor session click on the link for the mentor you are interested in meeting with:

Amanda Micheli --
Bob Ray --
Chris Metzler --
Jacob Rosenberg --
Jordana Glick-Franzheim --
Keith Maitland --
Ryan White --


Amanda Micheli Runaway Films

Amanda is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and a celebrated cinematographer whose credits include DOUBLE DARE, CAT DANCERS, THIN and LA CORONA.

Bob Ray Filmmaker CrashCam Films

With three critically acclaimed features under his belt (the stoner-comedy Rock Opera (SXSW ‘99), the modern era roller derby doc Hell on Wheels (SXSW ‘07) and his newest flick, the critically acclaimed and crazy-funny, touching and wildly out-there documentary Total Badass), a stash of animated and live-action shorts (including the opening scene of Slacker 2011) up his sleeve, a back pocket full of music videos, and an infamous reputation for touring his films across North America, Bob Ray catapults the Austin counterculture onto the big screen, reveling in its inspiring, unique and deliriously offbeat glory (

TOTAL BADASS - an insanely funny and wickedly debaucherous new documentary about crime, sex, art, drugs, music and life in the Austin underground -
“A ballsy feature-length documentary... a totally unapologetic profile of the ubiquitous Austin hero.” - Vice Magazine
"A psychological treat." - Phoenix New Times
“Genuinely funny and touching.” - Monday Magazine
“Total Badass is both a portrait of life on the artistic and social fringe and a thriller... a cross of Frederick Wiseman and Hunter S. Thompson.“ - New York Times

HELL ON WHEELS – the rebirth of roller derby, Texas style. -
"Hell on Wheels is full of adrenaline-fueled highs, heartbreaking lows, and lots of chicks in short skirts kicking the shit out of each other." ~ The Onion’s A/V Club
“Hell on Wheels is an epic doc. It's fast, fun, and inspiring.” ~ Chris Gore (Film Threat Magazine)

CRASHTOONS - caustic cartoons -
"Hilariously subversive!” ~ The Austin Chronicle

ROCK OPERA - a kick ass stoner-caper flick -
"Truly suspenseful... terribly funny… Rock Opera puts Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to shame." ~ San Francisco Weekly
"Hilarious!” * * * * (four stars) ~ Toronto Eye

Chris Metzler Producer/Dir Tilapia Film

After graduating from USC with a degree in business and cinema, Metzler’s film career has taken him from the depths of agency work, to coordinating post-production for awful American movies seen late at night in Belgium. His filmmaking work has resulted in him criss-crossing the country with the aid of caffeinated beverages, all the while making his way in the Nashville country and Christian music video industries, before finally forsaking his soul to commercial LA rock n’ roll. These misadventures eventually culminated in him winning a Billboard Magazine Music Video Award.

He eventually fled to San Francisco to join the independent documentary film scene and start work on his feature length directorial debut the offbeat environmental documentary, PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA, which was narrated by legendary counterculture filmmaker and "King of Trash" John Waters. Premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival, the film went on to win over 35 awards for Best Documentary and was named by Booklist as one its Top 10 Environmental Films. A cult favorite, the film was released theatrically in the United States and broadcast nationally on the Sundance Channel.

With the success of that feature documentary, he has gone on to pursue other sub-cultural documentary subjects, including: Black punk rockers, rogue economists, gay truckers, outsider taxidermists, and evangelical Christian backpackers.

He also frequently serves as a producer/shooter for a wide variety of documentary, commercial, corporate, and music video projects, including directing numerous short news documentaries for HDNet's World Report.

Chris' new documentary, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE is currently playing in theaters across the US, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screened at SXSW, and will air nationally on PBS in 2012.

Jacob Rosenberg Dir Waiting For Lightning

Jacob Rosenberg developed his passion for video and film as a skateboarder in the early 1990’s, making acclaimed videos for Plan B Skateboards. Upon his graduation from Emerson College, Rosenberg began his career directing music videos, commercials and short films. WAITING FOR LIGHTNING is his first feature film.

Jordana Glick-Franzheim Producer Crossover Productions

Jordana has twenty-five years of experience in the entertainment business. Having worked in both the studio system and independent film world, she most recently produced the award-winning and critically acclaimed feature documentary One Lucky Elephant, and associate produced the feature film What’s Your Number starring Anna Faris for 20th Century Fox.

Prior to this Jordana associate produced Extraordinary Measures starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser for CBS Films; Youth In Revolt for the Weinstein Company starring Michael Cera; Management, starring Jennifer Aniston; The Marc Pease Experience, starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwarzman; and Freedom Writers, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank. Her other producing credits include the German language film Diamonds and the documentary on Wolfgang Petersen, Shooting In The Line Of Fire.

Based in Los Angeles and Hamburg, Jordana founded the international production company, Crossover Productions that is currently developing several projects; one is based on the life of The Little Prince author, Antoine de Saint Exupery. She’s developing the landmark documentary series Ivory Wars, and a miniseries based on the award-winning biography Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell. Jordana received European Union development funds for the feature film adaptation of Marianne Wiggins novel, John Dollar.

Beginning her career at Walt Disney Studios, Jordana has worked on over twenty feature films in different capacities in the United States and Germany. Graduating from Pitzer College, Jordana majored in film, fine arts and communications and is fluent in English and German and is proficient in French. She is a graduate of Ecole d’Humanité in Switzerland.

Keith Maitland Dir/Producer (Editor/Shooter) illegalfilms

Keith Maitland
Producer, Director, Editor

Keith Maitland's Emmy-nominated doc, THE EYES OF ME, premiered at SXSW in 2009 before its broadcast on PBS' INDEPENDENT LENS. Currently in-development on an independent feature, a scripted television series, and another feature-length doc, Maitland mixes narrative & documentary forms the way some people mix booze & pills - often with the same charming results.

After college at the University of Texas, Keith Maitland was chosen to participate in the Director's Guild of America Trainee Program in NYC. Upon completion of the 2-year program, Maitland became one of the youngest members of the DGA, working alongside directors including Woody Allen, Janusz Kaminski, and Joel Schumacher and on NBC's Law & Order. While working as an assistant director, Maitland had the unique opportunity to learn the skills of production with unfettered access to the creative processes of narrative filmmaking. Working as an AD was challenging, but the job didn’t offer Maitland the opportunity to express himself or to get his hands dirty, shooting or editing. Maitland left the AD world behind to focus on directing, shooting and editing independently produced documentaries. THE EYES OF ME (currently available on Netflix Instant) was Maitland's first feature.

Keith Maitland splits his time between Austin, TX and NYC.

Ryan White Tripod Media

White is the producer/director of Pelada, the award-winning documentary about a trip around the world to 25 countries told through the lens of pick-up soccer. The film premiered at SXSW in 2010 and has played in over 20 film festivals worldwide and been broadcast in 25 countries, receiving rave reviews from Variety, the New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. He is currently making two documentaries, one about the Beatles' secretary who is coming out of the shadows for the time in 50 years, and one about the federal lawsuit for gay marriage.

Prior to Pelada, White had a longstanding collaboration with eight-time Emmy winner Sherry Jones. His screen credits include: Capitol Crimes (Bill Moyers, PBS), a ninety-minute documentary untangling the web of money and corruption surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown (CNN), an examination of the flawed intelligence that ultimately led to war in Iraq; 9/11: For the Record (Bill Moyers, PBS) an exploration of the findings of the 9/11 Commission, and Country Boys (Frontline, PBS), a six-hour profile following two boys from rural Kentucky through their high school years. He is a graduate of Duke University's programs in Documentary Studies, Film & Video, and Literature.

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