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Tuesday, September 26 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Declaration of Independents

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So, what do you do when no one has commissioned the story you want to tell? Make it yourself! The fund-as-you-go approach takes longer and presents its own set of challenges, but has some distinctive advantages. Is it worth the pain to have complete ownership and creative control? A case-study approach examining four recent projects.

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Susan Todd

Producer, Director, Co-Founder, Archipelago Films / Arise Media
Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Producer/Director Susan Todd has been making cutting-edge, natural history and social impact films for the past three decades. She co-founded Archipelago Films in 1991, with partner Andrew Young, to make films and media that inspire, inform and ignite through high-quality, visual storytelling. | With a well-established track record of producing, directing, and writing dozens of documentary and fiction films, for television, wildlife and natural history, museum installations, corporate, and commercial projects, Archipelago Films is now expanding its scope to include the Giant Screen/IMAX format. | Backyard Wilderness, their first Giant Screen film, is currently in post-production and is being produced under their 501(c)3 organization, Arise Media, which was created to produce quality, thought-provoking media about some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. Pushing the boundaries of storytelling and... Read More →

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Allison Argo

Film Director & Producer, ArgoFilms
Allison Argo and her films have won six national Emmys (11 nominations) and over 60 awards internationally. Her first film, The Urban Gorilla, won the very first Newcomer's Award at JHWFF. Her most recent film, The Last Pig, was made possible through crowdfunding, in-kind service... Read More →
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Chris Morgan

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Wildlife Media/UPROAR
Ecologist Chris Morgan is no stranger to adventure. Over the last 20+ years he has worked as a wildlife researcher, wilderness guide, and environmental educator on every continent where bears exist. From icy polar bear country at 81° North to tropical Andean bear forests on the equator, Chris has sought adventure among the focus animals of his life... Read More →
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James Reed

Founder, Underdog Films
James worked in Natural History film making for various companies in Bristol (UK), including Silverback, Icon and the BBC, before setting up a small production company of his own, Underdog Films, for the purposes of making a self-financed film called Jago: A Life Underwater. Everyone advised against producing independently on loans and credit... Read More →

Tuesday September 26, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Explorers Room Jackson Lake Lodge