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For the 2nd year running Doc/Fest partnered with Wellcome Trust to present the Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor – a hub at the very heart of the Festival. The Exchange featured a series of daily talks with filmmakers, academics, scientists and artists, inspired by ground-breaking Doc/Fest films and interactive and immersive storytelling, a fully licensed bar and selection of street food vendors curated by Sheffield's Peddlar, a free breakfast reception each day and evening activity including a Bruk Out! dance class, a live storytelling event from Tales of Whatever and the Doc/Pub quiz. All events and activity in the Doc/Fest Exchange was free and open to all. 

Films in focus included Out of Thin Air, Icarus, Strong Island, The Departure, Brimstone & Glory, Motherland, Freedom of the Wolf and Queerama. The programme also featured Googles Jessica Brillhart, who discussed the making of the ambitious Virtual Reality projects Beethoven’s Fifth and Navajo Nation, the world premier of Love+Radio’s latest podcast The Land of the Ghostly Schemata and a ‘Great Get Together’ inspired gathering to celebrate the life of MP Jo Cox.

Guests also included legendary film editor Walter Murch (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), Award-winning filmmakers Daisy Asquith, and Yorkshire-born documentary maker, Francis Lee, YouTube sensation Elijah Quashie aka ‘The Chicken Connoisseur’ and bestselling author Helen MacDonald (H is for Hawk).

The full schedule of activity is listed below and recordings of all the talks will be available on the Doc/Fest Youtube channel soon. 

Schedule of Daily Talks and Activity:

Friday 09 June

09:30 Breakfast Reception
Breakfast is on us. Fuel up for the day on great coffee and croissants, and connect with the Doc/Fest Researchers, filmmakers, producers and commissioners attending the Festival. 

19:30 Tudor Square by Night
Special evening surprises await alongside street food, a fully stocked bar, and music. 

 

Saturday 10 June

09:30 Breakfast Reception
Breakfast is on us. Fuel up for the day on great coffee and croissants, and connect with the Doc/Fest Researchers, filmmakers, producers and commissioners attending the Festival. 

11:00 About Last Night… daily review including The Departure.
Charlie Phillips of The Guardian will be in conversation with Award-winning filmmaker, Lana Wilson, director of The Departure.

13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Queerama.
Acclaimed filmmaker Daisy Asquith is joined by Mike Nicholls, CampbellX and sexual dissidence historian Dr Lucy Robinson to explore the representation of gay rights and desires in TV and cinema.

16:00 What’s Their Story?... Elijah Quashie aka ‘The Chicken Connoisseur’.
YouTube sensation The Chicken Connoisseur discusses his hugely popular YouTube series The Pengest Munch and his future plans with BBC 1xtra presenter Mim Shaik.

18:00 In Conversation… with Walter Murch
In a career spanning more than 40 years and 3 Oscar wins, legendary film editor Walter Murch credits include The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation and The English Patient. Walter will discuss his own Doc/Fest highlights with Erinma Ochu.

19:30- Live Storytelling with Tales of Whatever
What’s Your Story? Join Tales of Whatever for a night of drinks and storytelling. Named among The Guardian’s top ten UK storytelling nights, Manchester’s Tales of Whatever have seen guests come from as far afield as Buenos Aires, Gauteng, and NYC to share experiences of being shipwrecked, finding bodies, marrying pantomime horses, and ghostbusting with GCSE chemistry.

 

Sunday 11 June

09:30 Breakfast Reception

11:00 About Last Night… daily review including Brimstone & Glory
Beth Hewitt, Director of Nations and Regions Media Conference introduces Charlie Phillips of The Guardian in conversation with Viktor Jakovleski, director of Brimstone & Glory.

13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Out of Thin Air
Executive Producer Andy Glynne joins journalist and documentary producer Carol Nahra and psychologists Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall and Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall to delve into one of the strangest criminal investigations in Icelandic history.

15:00 Love + Radio presents the World Premiere of The Land of Ghostly Schemata + Q&A 
An audio documentary from Love+Radio

16:30 What’s Their Story?... Francis Lee (filmmaker)
We are delighted to welcome Yorkshire-born filmmaker Francis Lee to the Doc/Fest Exchange, whose debut feature God’s Own Country stormed this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and whose documentary The Last Smallholder premiered at Doc/Fest 2014.

18:00 In Conversation...Ingrid Kopp (Tribeca Film Festival) and Caspar Sonnen (IDFA) talk Alternate Realities
Ingrid Kopp, Senior Consultant for the Interactive department at the Tribeca Film Institute and Caspar Sonnen, Founder & Curator of the IDFA DocLab and Head of New Media at IDFA explore the highlights of the Doc/Fest Alternate Realities programme. 

19:30 Doc/Pub Quiz
Everyone loves a pub quiz, right? Join the Doc/Fest Film team and special guests to flex your documentary trivia muscles over drinks.

 

Monday 12 June

09:30 Breakfast Reception

11:00 About Last Night… daily review including Strong Island
Join cultural observer and poet Naana Orleans Amissah in conversation with Yance Ford, director of Strong Island.

12:00 Digging Deeper: The Making of 8 Minutes - Mixing Dance, Film & Science
The creative team behind 8 Minutes, including choreographer and director Alexander Whitley and BAFTA winning visual artist Tal Rosner will explore the making of this groundbreaking multi-media event, ahead of a special preview of 8 Minutes at Doc/Fest on Monday night.

13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Motherland 
Join poet, actor and playwright, Yusra Warsama and Fetal imaging expert, Dr Elspeth Whitby to delve deeper into themes behind Motherland, a film at the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital.

18:00 In Conversation...with H is for Hawk author Helen MacDonald
Join best selling author Helen MacDonald (H is for Hawk), director/producer Mike Birkhead and Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual at the BBC Tom McDonald to discuss the making of H is for Hawk: a New Chapter, a film made for the BBC & PBS that explores the next chapter in Helen's personal journey of training a goshawk. 

19:45 Bruk Out! Dancehall Dance Class
Following the world premiere of Bruk Out! dancehall queen Ale Camara will be holding a Dancehall dance class. Prepare to polish up on your twerking skills and shake what your mother gave you to some classic dancehall rhythms.

 

Tuesday 13 June

09:30 Breakfast Reception

11:00 About Last Night… daily review including Freedom for the Wolf
Join Rajesh Thind, filmmaker and writer, in conversation with Rupert Russell, sociologist and director of Freedom for the Wolf.

13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Icarus
Join journalist and documentary producer Carol Nahra to delve deeper into the politics behind doping in sport with drug testing expert Dr Tom Bassindale and bioethicist and future media expert Professor Andy Miah.

14:30 Meet the Maker... Jessica Brillhart (Beethoven's Fifth & Navajo Nation)
Google's Jessica Brillhart will talk to Resh Sidhu about the making of Beethoven's Fifth and Navajo Nation, part of Voyager - an ambitious re-imagining of the Golden Record - the first object sent in to space to communicate life on earth to extra terrestrials.

18:00 In Conversation… with a surprise guest

 

Wednesday 14 June

09:30 Breakfast Reception

11:00 About Last Night… Doc/Fest Awards round up...
including the Illuminate Award with Doc/Fest Juror Sophie Monks Kaufman, Contributing Editor of Little White Lies.

13:30 Digging Deeper… exploring ideas behind Alternate Realities
Join producer Alex Usbourne, in conversation with future media expert Professor Andy Miah to examine the philosophy and potential behind ground-breaking interactive and virtual reality projects from Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities Exhibition.

17:00- The Great Get Together Inspired by Joe Cox
Join us in celebrating the life of Jo Cox on the closing evening of the festival. From 5pm on Tudor Square, ticketholders to the film ‘Jo Cox: Death of an MP’ can come together for complimentary cake and, additionally, a performance by the Sheffield Socialist Choir, for everyone in Tudor Square. At 6:30pm we invite ticket holders to walk to the Showroom Cinema for the 7pm screening of Jo Cox: Death of an MP followed by a discussion about Jo’s legacy.

Be inspired by our Doc/Fest activity to host your own Great Get Together on 16th-18th June when the Jo Cox Foundation leads a national celebration of what we have in common www.greatgettogether.org


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