Join a group of filmmakers and activists who are using documentary film to illuminate important issues and impact change in their communities. The conversation will be moderated by Nichole Christian, local journalist, author and activist.

Panelists include:

Bree Gant: A Detroit documentarian and Howard University graduate whose work explores Black aesthetics, ritual, and emergence. Gant is currently producing experimental short films including Detroit Narrative Agency supported project: “Riding with Aunt D. Dot.”

Patricia Finneran: Finneran heads up Doc Society’s Good Pitch Local team in the US and supports the program globally. Her work connects filmmakers with funders, organizations, media platforms and other partners to advance the impact of their stories. Doc Society enables great documentary films and connects them to audiences globally. She previously held senior positions at Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, AFI’s SilverDocs Festival and IFP New York. She founded Story Matters, which created media strategy for nonprofits and campaigns for films such as “Bully” and “How To Survive A Plague.” She is currently producing “Cumari,” a series about Latin America’s top chefs partnering with indigenous peoples to bring Amazonian food to urban haute cuisine.

Lisa Klein: Michigan native and director of the “The S Word,” a film about a suicide-attempt survivor who is on a mission to document the stories of fellow survivors.

Zackary Canepari: Co-director of the Netflix series “Flint Town” and creator of “Flint is a Place,” a cross-platform episodic doc series that gives viewers a deep dive into the systems and people within Flint.

Capella Fahoome: Detroit native and director of in-production documentary called “Notown,” which is a journey into the soul of Flint and Detroit’s water crisis and a civil rights battle of global significance: the right to clean water.

Noon Fri., April 13, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Free event, but reservations required.

Presented by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office.