MDOCS Forum - Family Panel

Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
Tang Teaching Museum Payne
Event Type
Panel Discussion

Surveillance can separate families, absorb society in the act of watching young people, and be an intimate part of our own familial relationships. Three makers discuss current projects that revolve around the family and children as sites of surveillance.

Sophie Hamacher is a filmmaker and teacher based between Berlin and New York. She has directed, edited and produced projects ranging in genres from full-length documentary to art videos and experimental films. She received her BA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, holds a Meisterschüler degree in Film, Video, New Media (MFA) and a MAT in Art Education from the University of Arts in Berlin. As a critical studies fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program she wrote extensively on the relationship between art and document, and the unconscious or conscious witnessing of historical events through photography and film. She has taught workshops and seminars about visual media and theory at the University of the Arts in Berlin and will be teaching at the Maine College of Art this fall.

Virginija Vareikyte After graduating Film and Television directing in the Academy of Music and Theatre in Lithuania, Virginija Vareikyte did her first feature documentary “Face Behind the Voice” (2012) about a famous Lithuanian opera singer. The documentary was screened in cinemas throughout Lithuania. Her second documentary “When We Talk About KGB” (2016) co-directed with Maxi Dejoie talks about psychological consequences on society provoked by the Soviet regime and KGB violence. The film was selected in more than 15 international film festivals, including Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (USA), Trieste Film Festival (IT), Transilvania Film Festival (RO). Virginija is an alumnus of workshops such as Ex-Oriente, EsoDoc, and IDFAcademy. At the moment she is working on two feature-length documentaries – “I‘ll Stand by You” (co-directed with Maxi Dejoie) about suicide prevention in Lithuania, and on the archive documentary “Happy Ending” about the rescue operations of a six-year-old boy stuck in an artesian well which was broadcasted on TV and followed by millions of spectators in Italy.

Pilar Timpane is a Durham-based filmmaker, photographer, and writer. Pilar was the associate producer on ATLANTIC CROSSING: A ROBOT’S DARING MISSION (PBS). Recently, she is co-directing and producing SANTUARIO, a documentary short about a woman facing deportation taking sanctuary in a North Carolina church. This project was the 2017 winner of the Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Short Documentary Program at the New Orleans Film Festival and was selected for DocSociety’s 2017 Good Pitch Local in North Carolina. She is also producing THE LAST PARTERA, a feature documentary on midwifery in Costa Rica that has been supported by Southern Documentary Fund and the Big Sky Pitch. Her short films and/or photography have appeared in The Atlantic, The Economist, Scientific American, MSNBC, and elsewhere. Pilar holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree from Duke University Divinity School.


This event is part of the MDOCS Forum - a series of public events combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around an annual theme. The symposium is free and open to the public.

This year, we will engage with the theme Surveil/Surveilled in documentary and analyze documentary as a form of surveillance, consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed, learn how to protect from surveillance, and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truth telling potentials. 

For a full list of MDOCS Forum events click HERE 

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