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Join NYWIFT and The D-Word for co-hosted a panel discussion “Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Documentary World” to explore what lessons can be learned from COVID-19 crisis that may help create a mind-shift in the industry. Moderated by Doug Block (The D-Word), panelists include Rebecca Day (Producer/ Psychotherapist), Kelsey Koenig (Impact Partner Films), Heidi Reinberg (Documentary filmmaker) and Chithra Jeyaram (Documentary filmmaker).

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers. more...
Documentary Producer
Rebecca Day is a qualified psychotherapist and freelance documentary producer. She founded Film In Mind in 2018 to address mental health in the film industry and has spoken at festivals such as IDFA, Getting Real Documentary Conference and Sheffield DocFest on the issue. She offers consultancies, workshops and therapeutic support to filmmakers working in difficult situations and with vulnerable people. more...
Senior Director of Development at Impact Partners
Kelsey Koenig has worked in independent documentary for a decade, and is currently the Senior Director of Development at Impact Partners, a New York-based fund dedicated to supporting powerful documentary films that address pressing social issues. At Impact Partners, Kelsey reviews potential projects to finance, provides creative and strategic support for films, and represents the fund at festivals and markets around the world. more...
Chithra Jeyaram
Writer / Director / Producer / Editor
Chithra Jeyaram is a writer, director, producer, and editor who makes intimate films about identity, human relationships, race, art, and health. Her first exposure to filmmaking began with a failed attempt to fund a film about an explosive water-sharing dispute between two southern states in India. Deeply affected by that experience, she quit a decade-long career as a Physical Therapist and enrolled in film school.
Heidi Reinberg‘s most recent project is the UNTITLED CRIMINAL JUSTICE / HS PROJECT, a collaboration with Concordia Studio, Anonymous Content, and XTR. The doc is also supported by the IDA Enterprise Doc Fund, the Catapult Film Fund, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Tribeca A&E StoryLab, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the Austin Film Society. Previously, she produced 93QUEEN, a co-production with ITVS and SWR in collaboration with Arte, which aired on PBS’ POV. more...
Doug Block is an Emmy, Peabody and Sundance award-winning producer-director who is internationally recognized as a master of the personal documentary form (51 BIRCH STREET, THE KIDS GROW UP, 112 WEDDINGS). His films have been released in theaters and screened at festivals throughout the world, and been broadcast by HBO, BBC, ZDF and Arte, among many others. He is also the founder and co-host of The D-Word, the leading online community for documentary professionals now in its 21st year. more...

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