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How To Make Quality Documentaries

how to make quality documentaries in the digital age

Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway (between 61st & 62nd Street)

As shooting and editing technology grows more advanced and less expensive—and new distribution platforms emerge almost daily—making documentaries has never been easier.  But have these factors created a glut in the marketplace? How do you ensure that your film is distinctive, finds an audience, and leverages social media in a way that truly makes an impact?  Award-winning maverick journalist Jon Alpert and Peter Hamilton, founder of, discuss the fine art of making films that make a difference in today’s documentary landscape. RSVP today!

jon alpert, co-founder and co-executive director, dctv

Jon Alpert has distinguished himself as an award-winning journalist. He has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, eleven News & Documentary Emmy Awards, one National Emmy for Sports Programming, four Columbia DuPont Awards and a Peabody Award.  Alpert has reported extensively about environmental problems, economic issues, cowboys, Indians, turkey callers, whistle blowers, boxers, and breakdancers. These portraits of American culture were a regular feature on the Today Show and were singled out for their “unique contribution to American television” and awarded a special National Emmy Award. In addition to his work as a reporter and filmmaker, Alpert serves as co-director of the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), America’s largest and most honored non-profit community media center, which is located in a landmark firehouse in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1972, DCTV has fostered a diverse and inclusive media arts community by introducing members of the community to the basics of electronic media through hundreds of free or low-cost production courses and by making broadcast-quality production equipment affordable to emerging artists and producers. Alpert, a native of Port Chester, N.Y. graduated from Colgate University in 1970.

peter hamilton: moderator, founder/publisher/editor,

Peter Hamilton directs Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc. where he helps his clients to successfully develop, produce and market video content. His clients have included Discovery Communications, A+E Networks, Smithsonian Channel, NBC, BBC, Scripps Networks, Weather Channel, ABC Australia, Singapore’s Media Development Authority, and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Foundation. For established players and newcomers, Hamilton assesses concepts, undertakes market studies, creates business plans, identifies partners, develops marketing strategies, and actively contributes to their successful implementation.  His e-newsletter serves network executives, producers and industry professionals by providing current industry context and analysis. Hamilton is a former CBS executive who earlier earned his MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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