Advisor Studio sessions feature intimate, moderated conversations with Sundance Advisors who are working artists and media industry professionals that contribute their expertise to the Collab community via courses, classes, office hours and events. In the Studio events, Advisors share field experiences and insights into their specific areas of craft, including writing, directing and producing for TV and film.

Filmmakers Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres premiered their vérité legal thriller, THE FIGHT, at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking, and critical acclaim for taking audiences into ACLU’s hard fought battles during the Trump administration. In this intimate conversation, Elyse and Eli reveal the three year journey of making THE FIGHT. We discuss how they conceived the film and found their subjects; their use of cinéma vérité to capture the most compelling, authentic moments; and dive into their process for remaining flexible as the story shifted and unfolded during the making of the film. This conversation will help you think about how to stack the deck in your favor as you shoot and edit to find the “real” story in your next documentary film.

You can learn more about THE FIGHT and watch the film here. 

Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres, ACE, with partner Josh Kriegman, directed and produced the documentary feature film THE FIGHT (Magnolia), Special Jury Prize winner at Sundance 2020. They previously collaborated on the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar shortlisted documentary WEINER (IFC Films) with Steinberg & Kriegman directing; Despres as editor. more...

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