Opening Conversation: Taking FOIA To Film

October 20, 2017
9:30 AM  -  10:15 AM
National Union Building
For journalists, the Freedom of Information Act is a familiar tool for unlocking government documents and data, often in massive quantities. The information gleaned gives breadth and context to stories that might otherwise be easily dismissed as merely anecdotal or biased. For filmmakers venturing into retrieving government documents, however, the challenge is different. They must wrestle with rendering the dry language of records into compelling cinema. Hear from two directors who are using FOIA to inform and shape current projects on timely issues, in conversation with Topher Sanders of Pro Publica, an investigative news organization known for its groundbreaking reporting on patterns and problems that often emerge after analyzing vast troves of government data.

Session Category :  2017