Taylor Taglianetti '16 attended the NeXt Doc film festival, part of the Carey Institute for Global Good. She was one of 13 talented youth documentary filmmakers from across the country selected to partner with award-winning documentarians to learn, share, build connections and take their skills and ideas to the next level!
From concept, filming and editing, to marketing and distribution, NeXt Doc provides an intensive look into the world of documentary film from the perspective of professional producer-directors. The first masterclass was led by award-winning doc filmmaker and journalist Caitlin McNally who has produced a number of films for FRONTLINE - PBS news magazine show. Caitlin broke down the ways that docs and journalism intersect and sparked great discussion with a viewing of her short film "Stick Up Kid".
Highlights of day two of #NextDoc included an incredible 4 hour masterclass by iconic doc filmmaker Sam Pollard on editing and story development. Students were also able to pitch ideas to Sam and get really precise feedback during the class. Later in the evening we were treated to the New York State premiere of Two Trains Runnin', Sam's latest film about two blues musicians who went missing during the height of the civil rights movement. An amazing weekend of immersion into the world of documentary film continued on Day Three of NeXt Doc with a phenomenal masterclass by Iva Radivojevic. Focusing on visual style, cinematography and stroytelling as a doc filmmaker, Iva led students through her development as a filmmaker. After dinner, they were treated to a screening of her last film the powerful, beautiful Evaporating Borders which screened in 70 film festivals across the world!"
"NeXt Doc was certainly an invaluable experience.", said Taylor. "It is programs like NeXt Doc which provide young visionaries with the tools and knowledge to succeed and keep the entertainment industry compelling and strong. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of such a stellar program. I excitedly anticipate applying what I learned at NeXt Doc as I begin my studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the fall."