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Media Talks: A Documentary is a Marathon, Producing Non-Fiction Projects


Apr 18, 2019 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pictured (l to r) Martine Granby, Producer with BRIC TV, Eleanor Kagan, Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media, Caitlin Mae Burke, Emmy-Winning Producer & Program Manager for Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Shorts.

Making a documentary is a long and complicated process. Working with subjects and documenting their lives can mean false starts and long days. As life happens, projects can be delayed by months and years. We've convened an esteemed panel of documentary makers who will discuss how they keep momentum, sustain energy, and figure out when to push and when to pull back in the process of making a non-fiction or documentary project.

Caitlin Mae Burke is an Emmy-winning producer. Documentary features she produced have screened and won awards at Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca, True/False, BAMcinemafest, MoMA, The Museum of the Moving Image, and in movie theaters internationally. Caitlin's work as a producer and director has been broadcast on ABC, CNBC, Discovery Networks, ESPN, Field of Vision, OWN, TLC and YouTube Red. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, an inaugural inductee into DOC NYC'S 40 Under 40, and is currently the program manager for Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Shorts, which funds short documentary films.

Martine Granby is a visual storyteller. She is currently a producer with the Brooklyn-based BRIC TV, where she has co-produced and directed the Emmy-winning #BHeard documentary series, #BHeard Town Halls, and the weekly magazine show Going In With Brian Vines. As a fellow with Kartemquin Film's Diverse Voices in Docs program, she started production on her current film The Mask That Grins And Lies. The Mask That Grins And Lies is a meditative feature-length documentary film addressing the invisibility of black women’s mental illness and the stigma that silences a community. She is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

Eleanor Kagan strives to build communities with her work whether it be through podcasts, innovative audio, or live events. Prior to joining Pineapple Street Media in 2018 as a senior producer, she served as BuzzFeed’s director of audio and spearheaded several critically-acclaimed podcasts, including Another Round, See Something Say Something, and Thirst Aid Kit. She’s produced more than 100 live events in three countries, and has been on staff at NPR’s Ask Me Another, NPR Music, and WFUV. Her latest series, Julie: The Unwinding of the Miracle, explores the process of dying.