Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020

Production during a Pandemic (Panel)

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Join us for an in-depth discussion on production during covid-19. Featuring four intrepid individuals who are actively in production, the conversation will explore creative solutions in a constantly shifting landscape. With no aggregate for guidelines, fluctuating case numbers, and stories that urgently need to be told, this group will explore the ethical responsibility of filming in these challenging times.

MODERATOR: Jessie Fairbanks, Director of Programming, HSDFF

Gordon Quinn- Artistic Director, Kartemquin Films, Producer, (HSDFF alumni)

Shuling Yong- Director of Cinematography and Sound recordist

Avantika Nimbalker- production sound mixer and sound designer

Nausheen Dadabhoy- Director and Cinematographer



Gordon Quinn:

Artistic Director and founder of Kartemquin Films, Gordon’s documentaries include Home for Life, Taylor Chain, The Last Pullman Car, Golub, Hoop Dreams, Vietnam, Long Time Coming, Stevie and The New Americans. Recently he directed Prisoner of Her Past, A Good Man and 63'Boycott, shortlisted for the Oscar. He was EP on The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, The Homestretch, Life Itself , and America To Me and Oscar nominated Edith and Eddie, Abacus, and Minding The Gap. Gordon helped create the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and speaks on Public media, Fair Use, and documentary ethics.


Shuling Yong is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentary filmmaker, DP and Location Sound Recordist with over a decade of experience. She has worked on films like Becoming (Netflix, 2020, dir. Nadia Hallgren), The Feeling of Being Watched (Tribeca, 2018, dir. Assia Boundaoui), And She Could Be Next (Tribeca, 2020, dir. Grace Lee and Marjan Safinia) and America To Me (Sundance, 2018, dir. Steve James). Her feature-length debut, Unteachable, a documentary following a young woman on a mission to bring empathy and the joy of learning back into classrooms, was the first local film to win the Audience Choice Award at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival. IShuling’s debut short film, Growing Roots, premiered on the Discovery Channel in 2015. Shuling is a Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs Fellow, a participant in the Doc Society Queer Impact Producers Lab, and was selected as an honoree for DOC NYC’s “40 Under 40” List 2019.


Nausheen Dadabhoy, is a Pakistani-American director and cinematographer from California. As a cinematographer Nausheen has lensed a number of narrative and documentary films: The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (2019), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently streaming on Netflix; La Femme et Le TGV (2016), a live-action short Oscar nominee; the Emmy Award winning Armed with Faith (2018, additional cinematographer); Girl Unbound: War to Be Her (2016), which premiered at TIFF and aired on POV; Conscience Point (2019), which aired on Independent Lens; and J’adore Nawal a short for HBO Documentaries (2018), which premiered at Sundance. Her directorial debut The Ground Beneath Their Feet (2014) premiered at IDFA. She is currently directing her second feature film, An Act of Worship, which has received support from the Ford Foundation, IFP, Field of Vision, Hot Docs, Sundance, among others.


Avantika Nimbalker is a production sound mixer and sound designer with nine years of experience in documentary, narrative and television. Her on-location mixing experience includes a true-crime documentary by A+E Originals, The Kelly Clarkson Show for NBC Universal, live shows for Food Network Live, podcast Chasing Cosby (Winner-Webby Award) and narrative A period piece (SXSW). Her post-production work ranges from sound designing for documentaries Coral Woman (Winner-Tulum, Woodpecker and IMFF); The First Move and Fearless to ADR supervision for narratives Ankhon Dekhi (Winner- Filmfare, Screen) and Zubaan . Avantika received her MFA in film sound from India's premier film school, The Film and Television Institute of India in 2011. She is currently mixing a web series slated for release in December 2020.

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