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For over two decades, award-winning documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy has built a storied career crafting films that explore the most pressing social issues of the moment. Join us for a special spotlight event during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, as we celebrate the premiere of Rory’s new film, DOWNFALL: THE CASE AGAINST BOEING, with an exclusive conversation that will take you inside each stage of the documentary filmmaking process. We’ll discuss how Rory approaches development and research, sources funding, and navigates pitching. We'll also explore the challenges of production, get tips for constructing story in the edit, and hear her advice on how to approach distribution. This conversation will go behind the scenes and into the creative practice of one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers working today.


This event is free and open to both Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Collab audiences. Immediately following the discussion, please join us for a post-event virtual social hour.



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This online event will be recorded and available in our video library for all members after the live event. (Post-event breakout rooms are not recorded.) Please allow up to 24 hours after the live event for the recording to be posted.



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