2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Peace Officer: a Character Film Driven By Issues

Sunday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 17B
531 E 4th St


Peace Officer, winner of the 2015 SXSW Grand Jury & Audience Awards was directed by first time feature directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber. In this panel they walk you through the process of making of an independent documentary from pre-production to post, when you don’t win grants, workshops, or labs. Peace Officer is about the militarization of police, but rather than craft a polemic around a chorus of talking heads, the directors feature a compelling character from within the culture of police who guides the audience with empathy and commitment. This panel also explores how to tell a captivating character-driven story first and let the issues emerge on their own.

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Brad Barber at SXSW

Brad Barber

Documentary Filmmaker

Named to Variety's “10 Documakers to Watch” list in 2015, Brad Barber is a documentary filmmaker that works in multiple forms and genres. His feature directing debut, Peace Officer, which he direc...

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Scott Christopherson at SXSW

Scott Christopherson

Documentary Filmmaker

Scott’s debut feature film, Peace Officer, won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for best documentary at the SXSW Film Festival. Scott’s films have played at Hot Docs, Full Frame, Montclair, ...

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