2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Mentors: Programming Documentary

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Festivals and markets are as vital as ever in today's filmmaking scene. Learn what to do - and more importantly, what not to do - when it comes to festival submissions, festival attendance, and beyond for Documentary Films.

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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.



Basil Tsiokos

Film Program Dir

Nantucket Film Festival

Basil Tsiokos is a consultant for filmmakers and film festivals. He is a Documentary Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival, Shorts & Panel Programmer for DOC NYC, and a Documentary Programming Consultant for the Seattle International Film Festival. He is a regular contributor to Indiewire covering film festivals, and also serves as the publication's curator for Hulu's Documentaries page. As a visiting professor at Pratt, Basil teaches a course on film festivals and oversees students as they organize the Wallabout student short film festival. He co-produced the feature documentary THE CANAL STREET MADAM (World Premiere, SXSW Competition 2010). Between 1996-2008, Basil was the Artistic & Executive Director of NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival. Basil has served on numerous film festival juries and panels, including Atlanta, Atlantic, Berlinale, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, DOC NYC, Fantasia, Full Frame, Hot Docs, IDA, IDFA, IFP, International Film Festival Summit, Lone Star, New York Film Festival, Outfest, Paley Center, Russia's Side-by-Side, Silverdocs, SXSW, Transylvania, and Tribeca. He can be found on Twitter as @1basil1 and on his blog what (not) to doc offering advice and information to filmmakers. Basil holds a Masters degree from New York University in Cinema Studies and two undergraduate degrees from Stanford University.


Christine Davila


Ambulante Documentary Film Festival

Christine Dávila is the Director of Ambulante California, the recent U.S. expansion of the traveling documentary film festival founded by actors Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and producer Pablo Cruz. She has been a Programming Associate for Sundance Film Festival since 2008. She is also a Programmer for the Curaçao International Film Festival, which focuses on emerging Caribbean island filmmakers. Other programming experience includes LA Film Fest, San Francisco International Film Festival and San Antonio's CineFestival, as well as an indie film series for LA’s Downtown Independent Theater. A champion of up and coming Latino talent, Davila tracks filmmakers and the festival scene on her blog chicanafromchicago.com, and is a contributor to Indiewire's LatinoBuzz column. She curates a collection of films on streaming platform, Seed & Spark, under the conversation “Mas American”. Prior to being a film programmer Davila worked in the uninspiring studio and agency world.


Courtney Sexton

Sr Dir Dev & Acquisitions

CNN Films


Curran Nault

Program Dir


Curran Nault is the Artistic Director and Board President of OUTsider, the first multi-arts LGBT festival in the United States. Previously he was the Artistic Director of Polari: The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival and the Director of Programming for the Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF). In addition to his festival work, Curran is an academic with a PhD in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin (UT). His writings have been published in The NeoAmericanist, Jump Cut, Feminist Media Studies, In Media Res and the anthology Queer Love in Film and Television. Curran occasionally dabbles in film production and was the Associate Producer of PJ Raval's documentary Before You Know It (SXSW 2013 Premiere).


David Nugent

Artistic Dir

Hamptons International Film Festival


Greg Rhem



Greg Rhem is Director of Documentary Programming for Home Box Office. For the past nineteen years, he's been involved in discovering new and distinctive documentary programming for HBO Documentary Films. Some of his finds have been: the Oscar®-winning "Freeheld," "Born Into Brothels," "Thoth," and "Breathing Lesson: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien"; and Oscar®-nominated "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," "Mondays at Racine," "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner" and "Spellbound."

Mr. Rhem holds a M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University, and a B.A. degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Rochester.


Lesli Klainberg

Interim Exec Dir

Film Society of Lincoln Center

For two decades, Lesli Klainberg has lead not for profit organizations and initiatives, as well as produced and directed acclaimed independent documentaries.

She is currently the Interim Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and had previously been the Managing Director of the Film Society and Producer of the organization's New York Film Festival and annual Chaplin Award Gala.

As the Executive Director of NewFest, New York's LGBT Film Festival, Lesli stewarded the NYC event from 2008 - 2011. She also worked as a Consulting Producer for the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and as the Producer of IFP's Independent Film Week Forum. For three years, 2009 – 2011, she was Co-Leader of the organization's weeklong Documentary Finishing Lab.

In her work as an award winning documentary producer and director, Lesli Klainberg's most recent film credits include Line Producing the feature documentaries A PLACE AT THE TABLE (Sundance 2011 premiere, nominated for a 2013 PGA award), BEWARE OF MR. BAKER (SXSW 2011 Audience Award) and MISSION BLUE (Berlin 2014 premiere). 

From 2000 to 2012, her production company, Orchard Films, produced documentaries that screened at film festivals around the world, including Sundance, Berlin, Frameline and Provincetown, and were broadcast on PBS, A&E, AMC, IFC and WE. Orchard productions include the documentary mini-series, INDIE SEX, exploring various aspects of sexuality in cinema; the three episodes INDIE SEX: TEENS, INDIE SEX: EXTREMES and INDIE SEX: CENSORED (which Lesli also directed) premiered on IFC TV in 2007. FABULOUS! THE STORY OF QUEER CINEMA, for IFC in 2006, is a feature length documentary that explored the history of American independent gay and lesbian cinema, while IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN (2004, IFC), is a documentary about women in independent film and MISS AMERICA (PBS/American Experience, 2001) offered a history of the Miss America Pageant.

Lesli is also producer of the acclaimed independent film, PAUL MONETTE: THE BRINK OF SUMMER'S END, which won the documentary audience award at Sundance, Frameline and Outfest and was released theatrically by First Run Features and broadcast on HBO/Cinemax Reel Life. MONETTE was also a short list selection for the 1997 Academy Awards and it was nominated for the IDA Award for Best Documentary. The film screened at the Walter Reade Theater in 1997 as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Indie Night series.

Lesli Klainberg is a Founding National Board member of GLAAD and a former Board member of both Outfest and NewFest and has served on numerous film festival juries.

Lesli has a BFA in Film from Purchase College in New York and is a proud graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York City.


Martijn te Pas

Program Coord


As the coordinator of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA, www.idfa.nl) program department I am responsible for overseeing all research activities, processing and viewing film festival entries and I select the short films, music films and compile the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary. I have been working for IDFA since 2000.
Every year since 1988, more than 300 international documentaries are screened at IDFA for a huge number of film lovers and professionals. IDFA is unique for its international film program, the variety of genres, its committed program and the many European, international and world premieres featured each year.
Aside from the festival, IDFA consists of three other components: the IDFA Bertha Fund, the FORUM and the market Docs for Sale (Online).

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