What place does avant-garde documentary have in the commercial world of network television? How are multimedia conglomerates adjusting their approach to absorb and exploit lawless content living freely on the internet? How much of your style would you be willing to compromise for exposure? Join lo-fi documentarian John Wilson as he shares anecdotes about the thorny procedure involved with selling your video art in the modern media landscape. This program will include a poorly designed PowerPoint and a brand new film by John Wilson. Stay for conversation following the program with filmmaker and creator of The Show About The Show Caveh Zahedi.
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Thursday, Feb 1 at 7:30 pm
John Wilson’s Industry Secrets and Tools For Success
Screenings to be followed by a discussion with John Wilson and Caveh Zahedi
John Wilson, 22 min., 2018
John Wilson is joining us to present his new untitled film and share his thoughts on the relationship between documentary film and network television. In less than 30 minutes, Wilson’s short film bares the relationship between documentary art and larger corporations.
Presentation on Industry Secrets and Tools for Success
John Wilson, 2018
The Show About The Show (Excerpt)
Caveh Zahedi, 5 min., 2015
Caveh Zahedi’s semi-biographical show about a filmmaker in Brooklyn trying to make a television show. Follow the main character as he creates episodes, each one more meta than the last.
John Wilson is a lo-fi documentarian based in Brooklyn. His short films are narrated collages of street life shot on disposable media. You can follow him @peepingjohn and visit his website: JohnsMovies.com.
Caveh Zahedi is a filmmaker, writer, and director based in New York City. He began making films while he was a philosophy major at Yale University. After graduating, he moved on to direct and pitch multiple television and film ideas in both France and the United States. You can follow him @CavehZahedi and visit his website: cavehzahedi.com