UnionDocs Welcomes August Documentary Intensive Fellows

The UnionDocs August Documentary Intensive is a new 3-week program for a select group of emerging filmmakers from the US and abroad. The program explores contemporary approaches to documentary film, offers a stronger understanding of the best practices and business of production, and helps to develop the foundation of the fellow’s independent documentary project.

Meet the 2016 ADI Fellows below:


Daphne Chan ADI16Daphne Chan is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and social media strategist. Born in Montreal, she has a BA in Psychology and a LL.B/BCL in international law. She’s also a graduate of the National School of Photography in Arles and the International Center of Photography in New York (ICP).  Purchase Order Chan’s work explores identity through gender, culture, sexuality and body image. Chan is currently working on an immersive media experience entitled Transparency: The Gender Identity Project and recently graduated from New Media Narratives at ICP. Her work has recently been published in PDN, ArtForum and Musee Magazine, and exhibited at the New York Photo Festival, The Seoul International Photo Festival and the Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel in Germany. Chan is also assisting with the premiere exhibition of the ICP Museum curation of Public, Private, Secret.


ADI16 Inara ChayamitiInara Chayamiti Telling stories is her greatest passion and the camera is her favorite tool. She has been producing, shooting, directing and editing nonfiction videos for eight years. Inara has made videos for big Brazilian newspapers and magazines, Greenpeace, Google, Yahoo (via Storyhunter), Equal Times, etc. Her independent web series, “Volta na Quadra”, won the NETLABTV prize and was sponsored by Folha de S. Paulo. She has been shooting a Riot Games’ documentary series for more than a year and was able to work with an international crew in Chile, Paris and London. She is especially interested in human rights, feminism and environment.



Amanda Cole went to MassArtAmanda Cole for experimental film and graduated with academic distinction. She won a travel grant for a silent film, ‘Hotel,’ then worked in the indie and commercial film industry in NYC for many years. In 2010, she was invited into the Writers Guild of America East for her short web series ‘Peripheral City.’ In 2012, she was quarterfinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship for screenplay ‘The Primality of One.’ In 2014, she shot, wrote and directed ‘High Falls,’ a stand alone web short, and the same year directed Taye Diggs and Rachel Dratch in a comedy at Lincoln Center for a WGAE/SAG table read collaboration. She has been writing a screenplay, ‘Loved,’ about a search for a missing friend since last October and was part of a Mill Valley Film Festival’s Bridging the Gap- “Telling Women’s Stories”- Master Class. ‘Quill and The Man,’ Amanda’s doc on her dad’s band who played Woodstock then disappeared, was conceived of, and has been in production since 2012.


Buy Kari Nøst HegsADI16 Kari Nost Hegsetheth,  online Norwegian freelance journalist based in New York. Has experience as a documentary film script writer and production manager, and works with a documentary film festival in Oslo, Norway. Her primary focus is international politics and immigration issues. She has an MA in Chinese studies with experience living in China, as well as living and working in Argentina. She has travelled extensively through her work, and written from places such as South Sudan, Ethiopia, Argentina, Chile and Mexico.




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Sandra Ignagni is a filmmaker, researcher and writer based in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Ph.D. (Political Science, York University), M.A. (Indigenous & Canadian Studies, Trent University) and has completed documentary and storytelling training at Maine Media and Langara College. From street activist brass bands to tourists travelling on ferries along the Labrador Coast, her films adopt a sensory ethnographical approach to examine the spontaneous emergence – and conflicts – of cultures in public space. Her first two short documentaries screened coast-to-coast in Canada and the USA, including the film festivals DOXA, Whistler International, Canadian Labour International, Yale Environmental, and the Yukon International Short Film Festival, among others. Sandra is an alumnus of the Vancouver International Film Festival Mentorship Program and the RIDM-DCM Talent Lab.


KaKarin Leivategija 270x270rin Leivategija is a visual anthropologist. She works in the Estonian National Museum as a researcher and uses visual anthropological methods to participate in various research and exhibition projects on different social and cultural topics. Karin is an aspiring documentary filmmaker. She graduated her studies in visual anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK in 2014. Her graduation film “The Sacred in the Secular” (2014 UK/Estonia) has been screened in several festivals around Europe. Her current interests as a researcher and filmmaker involve postmemory, the concept of freedom and Post-Soviet Estonia during the 90s’ transition period.




Leticia Marques a filmmaker and editor. She studied film in Sao Paulo and has dedicated the last two years as a documentarian focusing on themes of sustainability, ecology, urban planning, permaculture and feminism. Her first short documentary film “O Corpo Conforme”  won Best Film Public’s Choice at the Mix Brazil Diversity Festival in 2008 and she has worked as an editor for publicity, video web content and film while writing and directing documentary projects such as the TV series “Juntos” or partnering with Plural Films. Shared Cities,  her first feature length documentary,  is currently in pre-production.




HanaUnited Arab Emirates-based independent Somali filmmaker Hana Mire online is the director and producer of the forthcoming documentary Rajada Dalka. She’s enrolled in film production courses at New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi, and has previously directed and produced short documentaries and narratives. In 2013, she won an award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival for her mini-doc, buy flomax drug Silent Art.