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Documentary Studio Trusts: Brett Story in Conversation with Abby Sun

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In a recent article Artist-run Documentary Studios: A New Form of Trust, filmmaker, writer, and geographer Brett Story (The Hottest August, Prison in Twelve Landscapes) re-envisions a future where documentary film production is created by cooperative means. Given the neoliberal economic environment that many filmmakers, producers, and independent artists find themselves in, Story’s ideas offer a critical intervention. Moderated by artist, film programmer and researcher Abby Sun, this conversation will offer a jumping off point to reimagine more sustainable models for documentary funding, production and distribution that incentivize the creation of bold, ambitious work.


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Brett Story is a filmmaker and writer based out of Toronto. She is the director of the films The Prison in Twelve Landscapes and The Hottest August, and author of the book Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power Across Neoliberal America. She is Assistant Professor of Image Arts at Ryerson University and her work has received support from the Sundance Institute and the Guggenheim Foundation. 

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Abby Sun is an artist, film programmer, and researcher at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she is a graduate student in Comparative Media Studies and edits Immerse. Through her work, Abby considers the power dynamics in the documentary form’s inherent smudging of reality, with a particular interest in the media infrastructures and cultural artifacts of moving image exhibition. Abby has bylines in Film Comment, Filmmaker Magazine, Film Quarterly, Hyperallergic, and other publications.