Mary Raftery Journalism Fund announces details of Ethics and Documentary Film-Making Seminar

MRJF in association with IFI /BAI / RTÉ

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?”

DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING: ETHICS. PLATFORMS. CHALLENGES.

Irish Film Institute, Eustace St. Dublin 2

10.30-17.30, Friday 9th October 2015

“‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’  Documentary Film Making: Ethics. Platforms. Challenges” is a day-long seminar featuring screenings and discussions chaired by three leading broadcasters; Olivia O’Leary, Miriam O’Callaghan and Keelin Shanley.

As the broadcast and funding climate changes, with digital media creating new platforms for documentary journalism, and commercial pressures challenging film-makers in how they fund their work, the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund (MRJF) aims to support journalists and film-makers in ensuring journalistic standards are maintained in this rapidly evolving landscape. The event will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to watch relevant work, gain insights into the challenges today for experienced journalists and documentary film-makers and a chance to examine one’s own practice and ideas in the context of the evolving digital environment.

Areas under discussion will include the relationship between the film maker and the subject; ethics around the management of personal material by documentary makers; the ‘authored’ documentary versus agenda led film-making; and an exploration of the opportunities and challenges presented by the rapidly changing digital environment.

In the morning there will be an opportunity to see Behind The Walls (2011)  the final documentary series made by Mary Raftery. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised in the film facilitated by broadcaster and journalist Miriam O’Callaghan.

The afternoon will see two panel discussions. The first discussion will be chaired by Olivia O’Leary and participants will include Christopher Hird (Dartmouth Films), Colin Murphy (film-maker / journalist) and Janet Traynor (documentary-maker and journalist).

The second panel discussion be chaired by RTÉ’s Keelin Shanley and will feature Malachy Browne (Reported.ly), Dearbhla Glynn (film-maker), Carl O’Brien (journalist) and Tom Warren (Buzzfeed UK).

For tickets & event details, see: www.ifi.ie/whatson/season/. Tickets (€5 per session/€10 for 3 sessions) available from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.

Running Order: 

 

1030-1245:     SESSION 1:

 

CHALLENGING SOCIETY: ‘BEHIND THE WALLS’

Screening ‘Behind the Walls’ (Mary Raftery, 2011)  followed by discussion and audience Q & A.

CHAIR:                Miriam O’Callaghan, RTÉ Broadcaster and Journalist

PANELLIST:     Sheila Ahern, Researcher, ‘Behind the Walls’                             

1245-1400:        Lunch available in IFI Cafe

 

1400-1545:     SESSION 2:

 

WHOSE STORY IS IT ANYWAY?  ETHICS IN DOCUMENTARY MAKING

Screening extracts and discussion

CHAIR:                Olivia O’Leary , Broadcaster and Journalist

PANELLISTS:  Christopher Hird, Documentary Maker and Journalist, Dartmouth Films.

Colin Murphy, Film maker/Writer ‘ The Guaranteed’

Janet Traynor, Documentary Maker and Journalist, RTÉ

1545-1600:        Coffee and biscuits

 

1600-1730:     SESSION 3:

 

THE FUTURE: CHALLENGES TO DOCUMENTARY MAKERS IN THE DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT

 Screening extracts and discussion

CHAIR:                                Keelin Shanley, RTÉ Broadcaster and journalist

PANELLISTS:  Malachy Browne, Managing Editor, Reported.Ly

Dearbhla Glynn, FilmMaker ‘War in Eastern Congo’

Carl O’Brien, Journalist, Irish Times

Tom Warren, Investigative Reporter, Buzzfeed UK.

Cost:      €5 per session / €10 for the day incl. coffee

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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FB:                         Mary Raftery Journalism Fund

Website:              www.maryrafteryfund.ie

Bookings:           www.ifi.ie/mrjf