Making Music Docs That Aren’t One Note

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Join Firelight Media for a conversation featuring BIPOC filmmakers whose documentaries go beyond one-note celebrity profiles to interrogate the power of music and musicians to shape and advance culture. Legendary filmmaker Stanley Nelson (‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’) will be joined by a new generation of documentary filmmakers including Sabaah Folayan (‘Look at Me: XXXTentacion’) who are leveraging the increasingly popular music doc genre to explore urgent issues such as mental health, immigration, and intimate partner violence. The panel will explore the craft behind making music documentaries and will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how filmmakers can work with artists, their families, and their estates to create truthful and balanced portraits of their subjects.

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Isabel Castro

Tertulia Pictures

Sabaah Folayan

Firelight Media

Stanley Nelson

Firelight Media

This event will be in person


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Platinum Badge
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Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
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