DocuTalk@911 Nov:: Ann Hedreen & Rustin Thompson of White Noise Productions

  • November 17, 2008 · 7:00 PM
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Our next meeting, Monday November 17th, please welcome Ann Hedreen and Rustin Thompson of White Noise productions. Based in Seattle they have made an impressive number of award winning films. A very strong theme of social responsibility runs as a thread through all of their productions. Their recent film "The Church on Dauphine Street: One Katrina Story" documents the rebuilding of a community church out of the tragedy left in the aftermath of Katrina. While most of their work tells the stories of others peoples lives; their films "Quick Brown Fox: An Alzheimer's Story" and "30 Frames a Second: WTO in Seattle" each are told from a more personal perspective. I have invited them to come and share some of their stories, some clips from their films and their views on the current trends and opportunities for local documentary film makers. I hope you are able to attend. Bring your questions. Ann Hedreen is a writer, producer and director. Her career has spanned film, television, radio, print and public affairs. She has produced and written films on subjects ranging from teen parenting to toxics to art to Alzheimer's disease. She is a member of Women in Film Seattle, a recent alumna of the Hedgebrook center for women writers and a graduate of Wellesley College. Ann is a Seattle native. She began her career at the City News Bureau of Chicago. Rustin Thompson is an independent filmmaker with more than 25 years experience as a director, cameraman, editor, and writer. In addition to making documentaries and short films, he worked for more than ten years as a freelance CBS cameraman, and has years of experience shooting in third world locations, including Bangladesh, Haiti, Guatemala, and North Korea. He is also a freelance film critic and host of the alt-country show Roadsongs, for Seattle radio station KBCS-FM, 91.3, and is a frequent contributor to Moviemaker magazine. Rustin is a graduate of the University of Washington.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Learned a lot of distribution tips. Interesting to hear an honest perspective on a challenges of being a documentary filmmaker.

    November 17, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative. I really liked the format of showing a clip and then discussing the technical, creative and business angles.

    November 17, 2008

  • Robert L.

    Very interesting, inspiring and intimidating! Not that Ann or Rustin are at all intimidating, but their experiences gave me a pretty sober view of what happens to a film once it's done. Usually talks with established filmmakers will not amount to much more than, "it's really tough and there's a lot of competition," but Ann and Rustin's experiences were very specific and very much rooted in the type of work that my own partner and I are trying to accomplish, so I really appreciated their candor and lack of pretension. I have a lot of respect for the work that they are doing and tonight's event gave me a lot to think about

    November 17, 2008

  • John

    ...enjoyed the insight into the murky side of money and how that relates to documentary filmmaking ...

    November 17, 2008

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