MAKING FILMS TO MAKE A DIFFERNCE
Roger will talk about his career making social issues films, the creative process, what does it mean to create change and how participants can make a difference. He’ll discuss research and how to find the best people to be in your film to make the most powerful story. Roger will also reveal some crucial filmmaking techniques from his book Ready, Steady, Shoot: A Pro’s Guide to Smartphone Video that people will be able to use immediately to create more effective films.
Roger Sherman is a founder of Florentine Films, a producer, director, cinematographer, still photographer, and author. His films have won an Emmy, a Peabody, a James Beard Award, and two Academy Award nominations. Among his social issues films is Don’t Divorce the Children, chronicling the effects of divorce on children, told from the child’s point of view. It became mandatory viewing in divorce courts in a dozen states. Beyond Black & White revealed the African American perspective of the criminal justice system. And, The Garden Of Eden, an environmental film, one of Roger’s two Oscar nominations. His exhibition As We Are – Disability: Portraits of a Community are eighteen large-scale portraits of members of the disability of City University of New York. Roger’s book, Ready, Steady, Shoot: A Pro’s Guide to Smartphone Video, was written for everyone who shoots video and wants it to be watched.