Documentaries: Journalism or Fake News?
Where would you place documentaries on the spectrum of TRUTH? Are documentaries held to the same standards as traditional journalism? Are they a collection of anecdotes presented as fact? Or maybe somewhere in between? Each of our panelists will share their unique perspectives on this topic and more.
Moderator: Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator. He is the co-founder of Dallas VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas. He has been a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, United Features Syndicate and KERA 90.1 FM Radio in Dallas.
JP Olsen - JP is the Director of Programming at HBO overseeing Vice and Vice News Tonight. He also teaches journalism at Columbia University.
Charles Fairbanks - Charles is the Diector of The Modern Jungle, a film that “portrays cross-cultural encounters structured by and through the camera.” Charles is also a professor of Media Arts at Antioch College.
Melinda Levin - Melinda is a documentary filmmaker and a Professor in UNT’s Department of Media Arts. Her works have screened on PBS and broadcast outlets worldwide; and at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Art Museum, The Society for Applied Anthropology, The American Anthropology Association, and The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, as well as several U.S. Embassies.
Lauren Knapp - Lauren is a documentary filmmaker with stories featured on PBS NewsHour, NPR, PRI’s The World, The New York Times, and The Atlantic.