Public Engagement

Doc Talks

  • Students in the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies participate in a variety of program and departmental events. Central to the program is Doc Talks, a biweekly series with contemporary film and video makers, festival programmers and new media distributors, editors, composers, and sound designers, and others, who engage with students in conversation about their own work and the issues and challenges faced by documentary makers today. Visit our video archive for recordings of past Doc Talks.

    This academic year, our guests included:

    • RaMell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
    • Penny Lane, The Pain of Others and NUTS!
    • Karpo Godina, Litany of Happy People and On the Art of Love or a Film with 14441 Frames
    • Stephen Maing, Crime + Punishment
    • Maya Mumma, Documentary Studies alumna and editor, King in the Wilderness and O.J.: Made in America¬†
    • Jessica Edwards, producer and director, Mavis! and Slowerblack¬†

    Past Doc Talks Guests

    • Alan Berliner, Nobody's Business and Wide Awake
    • Julia Loktev, Moment of Impact
    • Jacques Besse, cinematographer, Bamako and The Roof
    • Mystelle Brabbee, festival director
    • Paul Chan, Baghdad in No Particular Order
    • Jem Cohen, Benjamin Smoke and Counting
    • Marshall Curry, Streetfight
    • Nathaniel Dorsky, The Visitation and Variations
    • Jessica Edwards, Mavis!
    • Tanaz Eshaghian, Love Crimes of Kabul
    • Su Friedrich, Sink or Swim
    • Sara Girgis, Mad Genius: Lil' Wayne
    • Jill Godmilow, Far From Poland and What Farocki Taught
    • Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Jesus Camp
    • Sam Green, The Weather Underground
    • Linda Hattendorf, The Cats of Mirikitani
    • Judith Hefland, Blue Vinyl
    • Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol
    • Albert Maysles, Salesman and Grey Gardens
    • Jonathan Oppenheim, editor, Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner
    • Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro
    • D. A. Pennebaker, Don't Look Back
    • Hanna Polak, Something Better to Come
    • Laura Poitras, My Country, My Country and The Oath
    • Thom Powers, programmer, IFC Center's Stranger Than Fiction
    • Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives
    • Maurice Schell, sound designer and editor, Apocalypse Now and Reds
    • Alan and Susan Raymond, An American Family
    • Karen Shatzkin, Indie Lawyer
    • Yonghi Yang, Dear Pyongyang and Sona, The Other Myself
    • Pam Yates, Granito
    • Zelimir Zilnik, Fortress Europe
    • Debbie Zimmerman, executive director, Women Make Movies

    and many others!

    Each May, the certificate program hosts a festival for all student documentaries made in the program, Truth Be Told. Students are encouraged to attend MA in Media Studies events as well as other events and programs university-wide.