“His last breath was an inhale,” was a line Ms. Judith Jamison so eloquently shared of her recollection of the last moment she had with him. “We are his exhale,” and this documentary was a continuation of the flow of his efforts, blowing life into our steps, into each new day.
Users, a documentary by filmmaker Natalia Almada, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary at the festival is not your typical nonfiction fare. Users is more of a visually stunning essay, musings on how the consumption of technology has interwoven with everyday life and Almada’s concerns for the planet her offspring will inherit.
Try Harder! focuses on a handful of smart, energetic seniors as they navigate their way from the first week of school through the college admissions process.
Tamara Kotevska, co-director of Oscar-nominated documentary, HONEYLAND, talks about what inspired her to share this story. They discuss Tamara’s creative process and how she and her team overcame language barriers to create a visually stunning work of culture and art.
The gorgeous, epic, quietly suspenseful “Honeyland” opens with dizzingly beautiful shots of open fields and untamed wilderness in the mountains of Macedonia.
Melissa Haizlip talks about her collaboration process and partnership with award-winning filmmaker & editor Samuel D. Pollard and how she managed so much archival footage in the editing room.
Alexandra Cuerdo, director of the documentary ULAM: Main Dish, joins Marquette. They discuss Alexandra’s mission to raise awareness about Filipino culture through food and how to get your new documentary idea off the ground.
Tomeka Winborne, writer & director of the foster care awareness short film AGED OUT, talks about her networking strategies and the importance of being willing to volunteer when starting out in the entertainment industry, what to negotiate in advance when working for clients, and her upcoming move to Los Angeles.
Sophia Kruz, director of the visually striking LITTLE STONES documentary, shares the story of women who use art to change the world, joins Marquette. They discuss Sophia’s technique for getting her documentary subjects to open up about their inner lives, how she chose them from around the world and her one regret in her film festival strategy for the documentary.
Marquette is joined by Sarah Moshman, director of THE EMPOWERMENT PROJECT and the Netflix hit documentary, LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE. They discuss Sarah’s innovative distribution of her work with Indieflix and how she was about to direct her documentary remotely while her subjects were out to sea.