DC/DOX Film Festival 2023

For The Record

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Edlavitch Jewish Community Center, Cafritz Hall

1529 16TH STREET NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036, DC
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Program

Shorts Program 1: Against the Grain

Date

June 16

TIME

11:00 am - 1:15 pm

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June 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:15 pm EDT

Shorts Program 1: Against the Grain

Against the Grain showcases provocative and inspiring stories of individuals and institutions who challenge the status quo, break away from conventional thinking, and push boundaries, even if it means delving into uncomfortable and complicated places.

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Date:
June 16
Time:
11:00 am - 1:15 pm EDT
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Venue

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center, Cafritz Hall
1529 16TH STREET NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20036, DC 20036 United States
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June 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:15 pm EDT

Shorts Program 1: Against the Grain

Against the Grain showcases provocative and inspiring stories of individuals and institutions who challenge the status quo, break away from conventional thinking, and push boundaries, even if it means delving into uncomfortable and complicated places.

Details

Date:
June 16
Time:
11:00 am - 1:15 pm EDT
Website:
Visit Website →

Venue

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center, Cafritz Hall
1529 16TH STREET NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20036, DC 20036 United States

For The Record

Directors

Heather Courtney

Producers

Paul Stekler

Editors

Karen Skloss, Heather Courtney, Karl Stieg

Cinematographers

Heather Courtney

In a small Texas Panhandle town, which has survived oil busts, devastating wildfires, and a diminishing population, a few things have remained constant – cowboys, high school football, conservative voters, and the family-owned weekly newspaper, The Canadian Record. Despite Editor Laurie Brown’s liberal editorials in one of the most conservative counties in the country, The Record is loved and relied on by the community. But now, an already bad economy made much worse by the global pandemic is bad news for a paper that gets 90% of its revenue from advertising. For The Record is a verite documentary following the life of Laurie, her town, and her newspaper, as she fights to keep it alive. “My parents started this paper in 1947. I don’t want to close the doors. But there have been weeks when I wasn’t sure we were gonna be able to keep going when I was publishing a newspaper that was costing me more than I was making.” With each day, The Canadian Record grows closer to being one of the 2,200 newspapers in the US that have closed since 2005. Out of the 3,000-plus US counties, only half have a local print newspaper.

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Heather Courtney

Co-Director

Heather Courtney is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, and a Guggenheim, Sundance, and Fulbright fellow. Her film Where Soldiers Come From won an Emmy, an Independent Spirit Award, and a SXSW Jury Award. Her films have been broadcast nationally on PBS, including POV, Independent Lens, and America ReFramed, and streamed on Netflix and the Washington Post. Her short documentary For the Record recently premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Fest, and her co-directed ITVS, Ford, and IDA-funded feature Breaking the News is premiering at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her 14-year-old rescue dog Meeps.