IDA's Doc U: Producing For Docs

From original concept, fundraising, and production to festivals, distribution, PR and outreach, one can’t argue that the documentary producer’s job description is varied. At every level from executive on down to assistant, a good producer knows how to anticipate the needs of a director and crew — all usually on a tight schedule, and an even tighter budget. Whether you’re bringing your own concept to life or jumping in mid-stream to save a doc in trouble, a good producer must bring a vast array of talent and expertise to the project. So how do you establish that trust within your team? How can you make sure everyone has the same goals in mind? How do you maintain an encouraging attitude in the face of complications? Moderated by IDA Board Member Stephen Nemeth of Rhino Films, our panel of veteran non-fiction producers will discuss what to expect when producing a doc, and how a successful producer gets the entire production team to deliver their best. Panelists include Lesley Chilcott (Waiting for ‘Superman’, It Might Get Loud, An Inconvenient Truth), James Moll (Foo Fighters, When I Rise, The Last Days), Elise Pearlstein (State 194, Last Call at the Oasis, Food, Inc.) and Jeffrey Tuchman (Railroaded in Texas, Mavericks, Miracles and Medicine and The Man From Hope.)