"The Role of Documentary in Shaping Public Policy" Subject of Panel Discussion, December 5
"The Role of Documentary in Shaping Public Policy" will be the topic of a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2011, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. Panel participants will include Purcell Carson, documentary filmmaker and editor, and a documentary production specialist at the Woodrow Wilson School; and Emily Holland '01, TV producer, human rights law scholar, and co-author of "And Still Peace Did Not Come." The discussion is part of the School"s "Media and Public Policy" series.
Carson is a filmmaker and editor of long-form, independent documentary. Her editorial work has aired nationally on PBS and HBO and received several honors, including a 2009 Oscar and an Emmy nomination for editing (“Smile Pinki”). Her first feature edit ("Double Dare") aired on PBS’s Independent Lens. She then crafted Note by Note, which premiered at Film Forum, and screened in over 60 cities, before landing at PBS. Purcell has spent much of the past two years editing “Semper Fi: Always Faithful”, a Sundance Documentary Fund project about water contamination and “How to Grow a Band”, about the bluegrass band, Punch Brothers. For the last several years, Purcell has been producing her first feature documentary, about the banana industry.
Following four years at ABC News (“Primetime Thursday” and “Good Morning America”) and producing for CNN (“Anderson Cooper 360” and “Paula Zahn Now”), Holland spent four years producing advocacy films about the International Rescue Committee’s efforts to assist refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Darfur. She worked on the Don Cheadle/Cathy Schulman documentary, “Darfur Now”, and reported on the post-genocide peace efforts in Rwanda with Tom Brokaw. Holland has worked on the peace process in Cyprus, assisted child tracing and placing efforts in Rwanda, and researched the South Africa Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
The event will be videotaped and archived online for later viewing on the Woodrow Wilson School’s Webmedia site – http://wws.princeton.edu/webmedia.
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