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DC – WIFV/Docs in Progress Documentary Roundtable – May 8 – Free/Fee

Interface Media Group: 1233 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Start: Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM

End: Monday, May 8, 2017 at 8:30 PM

6:30-7:00 pm: Informal Networking
7:00- 8:30 pm: Panel Discussion


Investigative documentary poses some of the greatest challenges of all of the forms of documentary.  It requires an extraordinary attention to analysis and detail, relies on maintaining one’s stamina for pursuing the investigation wherever and for how-ever long it takes, and presumes the willingness to accept the risks of speaking truth to power.
Nina Gilden Seavey will explore the challenges of investigative Documentary” and present clips from her 30-year-in-the-making investigative film, MY FUGITIVE.

They will also be joined by Katie Townsend from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press(who also spoke to the roundtable in 2016) for an update on the state of investigative work in the current political environment.


Nina Gilden Seavey is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and a nearly 30-year veteran of the documentary world. Her films can be seen in theaters, on television, in ancillary media, and in museum exhibitions across the globe. Some of her films include: A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America, The Ballad of Bering Strait, The Matador, A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer, The War at Home, and 4th & GOAL. Her most recently completed film is Parables of War and she is currently in production on My Fugitive. Seavey is the director of The Documentary Center in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, which she founded in 1990. She concurrently serves as the university’s Co-Director of the Center for Innovative Media. She was the Founding Director of SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (now AFI Docs) and continued with the festival as Executive Producer, strand programmer, and senior member of the management team until 2009. She was named a Woman of Vision by WIFV in 2006.

Katie Townsend is Litigation Director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She oversees the direct litigation work of RCFP attorneys, and represents RCFP, individual journalists, and news organizations in court access, freedom of information, and other press freedom matters. Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Townsend was a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she specialized in media/entertainment litigation.  She has been named a “Rising Star” as one of the nation’s top media and entertainment attorneys under the age of 40 by Law 360 and The National Law Journal, as well as being named  “Next Gen – Hollywood’s Up-and-Coming Execs 35 and Under” by the Hollywood Reporter.

Free for WIFV Members (must be logged in)
Free for Docs In Progress Docs Insiders Premium Members (use same promo code you use for Docs In Progress programs)
$10 for all general public

A huge thanks to Interface Media Group for hosting this event!

Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 48 hours in advance of the program. No  refund will be issued for a cancellation with less than 48 hours notice. If the event is cancelled or rescheduled, refunds will be issued as needed


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