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DC/DOX Film Festival 2024

Reality Check Panel: State of the Industry

Saturday, June 15
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Planet Word, Friedman Family Auditorium

925 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Reality Check Panel: State of the Industry

Addie Morfoot, Moderator; Variety Documentary Film Reporter

Josh Braun, Co-president, Submarine Entertainment

Carrie Lozano, President and CEO, ITVS

Brian Newman, CEO, Sub-Genre Media

Dawn Porter, Director, Luther: Never Too Much

Addie Moorfoot, head of editorial coverage for Variety’s DOCS section, returns to DC/DOX to explore the current state of the documentary field. Alongside a panel of industry veterans, she’ll examine the seismic shifts impacting nearly every facet of our industry, from the ongoing crisis in distribution to the sunsetting of once seemingly impenetrable institutions to new models being born from these ashes.  The panel will cover a wide range of topics in an attempt to understand the profound challenges and unexpected opportunities in this pivotal moment.

Variety Documentary Film Reporter

Addie Morfoot has been covering the entertainment industry for the last 20 years. She currently serves as the lead documentary reporter for Variety’s DOCS section.

Co-president, Submarine Entertainment

Josh Braun is the co-president of Submarine Entertainment, a hybrid sales, production, and distribution company. Mr. Braun recently produced the Hulu original documentary The Jewel Thief and the Sundance competition documentary Aum: The Cult at the End of the World and also recently executive produced This Is a Film About the Black Keys, the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary series The Andy Warhol Diaries, the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary Pamela, A Love Story, the Showtime docu-series The 12th Victim, the 2022 Sundance feature competition documentary Fire of Love, and the feature documentaries Circus of Books, Crip Camp, and Apollo 11. Other docu-series executive produced by Mr. Braun include Lenox Hill, Sons of Sam, Evil Genius, The Keepers, The Devil Next Door, and Wild Wild Country for which Mr. Braun won the Emmy for Best Documentary Series in 2018. Recent sales include Daughters, SugarCane, Fly, Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Sinead O’Conner Nothing Compares, Moonage Daydream, Hate to Love Nickelback, Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, and Joan Baez I Am a Noise.

President and CEO, ITVS

Carrie Lozano is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and media executive. She is currently President and CEO of ITVS, public media’s leading incubator and co-producer of independent film, and presenter of the series Independent Lens.

Prior to ITVS, she was director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film and Artist Programs, which serves hundreds of filmmakers each year with funding, labs, fellowships and intensive artist support. She previously launched and directed the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary Fund, where she supported filmmakers with funds and professional development on projects at the intersection of documentary and journalism, including Welcome To Chechnya, A Thousand Cuts, Through the Night, Always In Season and One Child Nation.

Lozano was also a documentary executive at Al Jazeera America and a senior producer of the network’s investigative series Fault Lines, where her team garnered numerous honors including an Emmy, a Peabody, and several Headliner Awards.

Among other work, Lozano led BAVC Media’s MediaMaker Fellowship and was a lecturer in the Documentary Program at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground, the live cinema piece Utopia In Four Movements, and produced, directed, and edited the Teddy Award nominee Reporter Zero. Her most recent film, the 2016 documentary The Ballad of Fred Hersch, is a portrait of one of today’s foremost jazz pianists. In addition to serving on ProPublica’s board of directors, Lozano serves on the advisory boards of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and PBS Frontline and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

CEO, Sub-Genre Media

Brian Newman, founder of Sub-Genre, consults on content strategy, distribution and marketing for some of the top brands in the world. Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, produces independent films, and writes a popular weekly newsletter on film.

Director, Luther: Never Too Much

Dawn Porter is an American documentary filmmaker and the founder of the production company Trilogy Films. Her award-winning films include Gideon’s Army, about three black public defenders working in the southern United States; Trapped, about the impact of anti-abortion laws on abortion providers in the South; and Bobby Kennedy for President, which debuted on Netflix. As a two-time Sundance film festival director, Porter’s work has been featured on HBO, Netflix, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, MTV Films, and other platforms. Porter’s latest documentary, The Lady Bird Diaries, an all-archival documentary about Lady Bird Johnson debuted at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival where it won the Lone Star Prize. After a successful festival run, the film made its broadcast debut on Hulu in November and was nominated for two Critics Choice Awards. Nominated for a 2024 Spirit Award, Deadlocked: How America Shaped the Supreme Court, is a four-part docuseries that explores the history of the Supreme Court, the justices, decisions, and confirmation battles that have shaped the United States. Additional credits include The Me You Can’t See (Apple TV+), Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (National Geographic), The Way I See It (Focus Features), John Lewis: Good Trouble (CNN, Magnolia Pictures), 37 Words (ESPN), Un(re)solved (Frontline PBS), and Gideon’s Army (HBO).