A successful impact campaign has the power to extend the life of your documentary--creating rich dialogue and fostering change. Impact campaigns are often just as important as the film themselves and can help filmmakers secure funding for their next project.
Join WIFVNE and Documentary Educational Resources for a discussion around impact producing in today’s documentary landscape. Panelists Margo Guersney, Maria Judice, and Marga Varea will cover topics such as their roles as impact producers, how goals change with each project, what strategies they’re employing in the time of COVID-19, and the effect of rising demands to address racial inequities across the globe.
Meet the Panelists
Margo Guersney is documentary director, producer and impact strategist; also known as an impact filmmaker. She founded Time Travel Productions LLC in 2012 to produce and distribute her films. Margo's first feature, Councilwoman (America ReFramed 2019), won multiple awards and is touring communities around the country. Prior to independent film Margo worked as a producer at WPBT2 (Miami), and produced industrial shorts in Boston for over seven years. She has also worked as a union organizer and non-profit development director. She holds an MFA in Film (University of Miami), MA in History (Umass/Amherst), BA in History (Brown University), and is a Tribeca/Camden/CNNFilms Retreat Alumni. She speaks both Spanish and English; and she is a proud Mama of two young children, navigating motherhood, as an adoptive and biological mother, in a bi-cultural Dominican/American multi-generational household. Margo worked closely with Ani Mercedes of Looky Looky Pictures on the impact campaign for Councilwoman. You can read more here www.Councilwomanfilm.com/impact.
Maria Judice is a storyteller. Through the visual, social, and mobile landscape she has crafted a space to support authentic voices in media as an Impact Producer. Indigo Impact was founded in 2016 with a mission to bring left of center stories and creators to global audiences. Maria received her M.F.A. from CalArts in Film/Video. As an award-winning writer/director, her experience ranges across new media platforms, traditional media, technology, public art/civic engagement and subject matters left of center. Working as an Impact Producer she has brought social campaigns and outreach to films including Heist: Who Stole the American Dream (2015), Ayiti Mon Amour (2016), A Thousand Midnights (2016), JINN (2018), Life After Life (2017), Life Underground (2017) and The Long Shadow (2015). She mobilized a grassroots Oscar campaign for Ayiti Mon Amour, Haiti’s first selection into the Oscars in 2017. She also Co-Produced Dreamstates (2016) with Anisia Uzeyman featuring Saul Williams.
Marga Varea is the founder of Twin Seas Media, an impact distribution boutique agency working with documentary films and film festivals. Past and recent projects include Traces of the Trade, dir. Katrina Browne (official SUNDANCE selection and PBS/POV), Rebel, dir. Maria Agui Carter (PBS), 1913 Seeds of Conflict, dir. Ben Loeterman (PBS), I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan, dir. Richard Kane, J. Fred Woell: An American Vision, dir. Richard Kane, Health Undocumented, dir. Juan Freitez, Lobster War, dirs. David Abel and Andy Laub, Six Locked Doors, dir. Zachary Graves-Miller, Our Flag Will Never Be Red, dir. Pablo Lopez Guelli, and Activized, dir. Eric Stange. She has extensive experience working with film festivals including Cortogenia, German Film Festival in Madrid, Boston Latino International Film Festival, and Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital “on tour” Boston. Since 2016, she has been the outreach and engagement director for Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium.
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