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Documentary Filmmaking

In-depth Case Study about Documentary Filmmaking

Sarah Nodjumi

Sara Nodjoumi is a film producer, director, educator, and festival programmer. She produced When God Sleeps, co-produced by ITVS and WDR, executive produced by Motto Pictures, and supported by the Sundance Institute, the Catapult Film Fund, Fork Films, and various other domestic and international documentary organizations; the film premiered at Tribeca in 2017, has played at over seventy festivals worldwide, and has won numerous awards including the Golden Heynal for Best Music Doc at the Krakow Film Festival and Most Valuable Film of the Year from Cinema for Peace during Berlinale 2017. She also produced The Iran Job, which was released on Netflix and shortlisted for a German Academy Award. Sara and her producing partner Till Schauder are currently releasing their latest documentary Reggae Boyz digitally across America (Audience Award, 2019 Brooklyn Film Festival). She is an alum of the Sundance Creative Producer’s Summit and the IFP Cannes Producer’s Network Fellowship.

Sara was an Associate Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently the artistic director of the New York Sephardic Film Festival. She is currently in production with two feature documentaries: Untitled Nicky Nodjoumi Project is an art-heist thriller about her father’s lost art (supported by Catapult Film Fund and Sundance Doc Fund), and Kids, Life, Rock n Roll, a documentary about three pre-teens trying to form a band. Sara also teaches documentary producing at various institutions like DCTV and the Duke University School of Continuing Education.

Lisa Chanoff

Lisa Kleiner Chanoff is co-founder of Catapult Film Fund. Since 2010, Catapult has helped important and moving documentary films to get off the ground with early development funding. Lisa has also executive produced narrative features including Fruitvale Station (Co-EP), Burn Country and Love & Taxes, and documentary features including Watchers of the Sky and Brimstone & Glory. With Catapult, Lisa has executive produced Art and Craft, Extremis, When God Sleeps, and Life Overtakes Me.

Lisa has a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and practiced law in San Francisco and with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Lisa also has a master’s degree in Museum Studies. Lisa assists several nonprofits in an advisory capacity, and serves on the boards of Working Films and SFFILM.

Danny De Lillo

Danny De Lillo grew up in England but spent the majority of his adulthood living in the United States. 

De Lillo is currently the Head of Development for The Americas for SCREEN International and works as a host and producer of content.

Well versed in stage and screen acting, Danny is a graduate of the prestigious New York conservatoire, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Currently, Danny serves on the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Board as the board chair supporting their remarkable efforts to showcase innovative works by rising filmmakers from around the world. Danny presents the NFMLA monthly film festival inline with his passion for celebrating storytellers and produces and hosts the Stage 5 interviews for NFMLA.


He has a passion for celebrating global storytellers and is dedicated to serving the entertainment industry for all voices to be heard. He also serves on the founding board of Cures of Colors. A platform dedicated to bridging the gap between childhood fantasies and real-life, age-appropriate narratives to provoke dialogue around social and emotional issues in the society we live in.

He programs LGBTQ content for film festivals and appears on many film juries as well as passionately making a conscious effort to support gender equality and diversity in his roles in entertainment. 


Thursday, January 7 / 1:00pm

Westend Love Beach Pavilion

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