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Filmmaker Summit Session 1: Filmmaking in the time of COVID-19

Independent filmmakers, producers & film festivals are all used to working within limitations or constraints and the arrival of COVID-19 and an indefinite shelter in place mandate in most states has driven the community to dig deep into and pivot quickly to create new ways of doing their work. This panel will bring together various sectors of the film community to talk about how they’ve been impacted and what they’re doing to overcome these obstacles and continue their work. We’ll hear about creative production techniques for remote shoots, edit collaborations, the new world of distribution when all film festivals and markets have been canceled and all theaters are shuttered.

Panelists:  Yung Chang, Director,  Up the Yangtze;  Seng Chen, Director of Photography;  Ramona Diaz, Director, A Thousand Cuts; Masashi Niwano, Festival Director, CAAMFest; and Poh Si Teng, Commissioning Producer, Al Jazeera Witness.

Moderator: Emily Hong, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual Studies, CAAM Fellow 2019

Co-presented by Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc)Frameline and Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)


Dates & Times



Thu, May 14
10:00 am