We're very excited to announce both the teacher and class film in the documentary portion of our October/November 2019 class!
Isabel Ponte is a Brooklyn-based documentary editor and producer. She is the editor and writer of The Truth About Killer Robots, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018 and was broadcast on HBO. She also served as the associate editor of Fail State, which premiered at DOC NYC and broadcast on Starz, and the additional editor of Madidi, a verite doc about jaguar poaching set to premiere in 2020. Past short-form work includes documentary pieces for The Guardian and other news outlets, and assistant editing for The New York Times' Op-Docs section.
Documentary Class Film
A filmmaker tries to understand to her father's young-earth creationism by scripting a father-daughter screenplay. When her work only drives them apart, she changes tactics and picks up her camera. She and her whole family become protagonists in a documentary about their struggle to love each other and stay together despite deep divides and disparate beliefs.
Directed by Katy Scoggin
Katy Scoggin was a co-producer and cinematographer on Oscar-winning CITIZENFOUR and its follow-up, Risk; an associate producer on Emmy-nominated The Oath; and a producer on New York Times Op-Docs The Program and Death of a Prisoner. Throughout its evolution from scripted film to documentary, her first feature film Flood has received support from Sundance, Film Independent, the Sloan Foundation, IFP Doc Lab, DCTV WIP Docu Lab, Berlinale Talents, the MacDowell Colony, and BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship. Katy was a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and went to film school at NYU. Before picking up a camera, she made sculptures from welded iron and margarine.