Veteran ​Documentary ​Director Steve James and emerging ​Director Bing Liu ​take us inside their rich ​collaboration ​and the value of mentorship​.​
Key Insights
  • Stay true to who you are regardless of your status within the filmmaking community.
  • After a successful film, be thoughtful about selecting your next project and don't rush into the "next big thing." 
  • No matter how successful you are, always remember the importance of taking risks.
Steve James previous work includes HOOP DREAMS; Sundance and IDFA awards winner, STEVIE. more...
Bing Liu is a China-born, Midwest-raised filmmaker best known for directing MINDING THE GAP, which was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 91st Academy Awards and won a Peabody. He was also a segment director on AMERICA TO ME, which premiered on Starz and was hailed as one of the best TV shows of the year. He co-directed ALL THESE SONS with Josh Altman, which won Best Cinematography at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and the Maysles Award at the Denver International Film Festival. Liu has been supported by Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Documentary, a Film Independent Fellowship and Truer Than Fiction Award, the Garrett Scott Development Grant, the United States Artists fellowship, the SFFILM Westridge Fellowship, the Sundance Screenwriter and Director Labs, the Sundance Institute Asian American Fellowship and the Concordia Fellowship. He is currently developing several scripted and non-fiction projects. more...

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