Creative Lab @ HIFF Doc Lab: Anatomy of Oscar Winning Documentaries

In an intensive workshop led by Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (MAYA LIN, ANITA), participants will discover and analyze the qualities that make some documentaries stand above the rest. Viewing excerpts from films such as MAN ON WIRE, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, and SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, she’ll examine key components of the production process and will answer the question: What are the common ingredients in documentaries that win Academy Awards? This four-hour lab offers an in-depth analysis of recent Academy Award-winning documentaries to reveal what makes them great and what we might apply to our own films. This is an ideal workshop for both aspiring filmmakers and experienced documentarians that are about to launch into their next project.

Filmmakers – bring a USB Drive with a 5 – 7 min clip of your project for a ‘hands on’ workshop (Quicktime files – either ProRes or H.264).

Sunday, November 6 | 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18

About the HIFF DOC LAB mentor:
Freida Lee Mock: Freida Mock is an Academy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker of feature length and short form theatrical documentary films that include the Oscar feature winner MAYA LIN: A STRONG VISION and the Oscar nominated short films ROSE KENNEDY, A LIFE TO REMEMBER; SING! NEVER GIVE UP. She has received numerous best director festival awards, including the DGA Award for Maya Lin. Mock’s newest feature documentary movies ANITA – SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, about the life and times of Anita Hill and G-DOG about the Jesuit gang expert were both selected by the U.S. State Department for its American Film Showcase diplomacy initiative to be shown in US embassies around the world. Mock’s films focus on stories about art, history, politics, and creativity and include: RETURN WITH HONOR, the story of American fighter pilots surviving as POWs in Hanoi, a presentation of Tom Hanks and Playtone; WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER; and SING CHINA! filmed in China prior to the Beijing Olympics featuring the world-renowned LA Children’s Chorus.

Mock was the first Governor elected to the new Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served as Chair and was Co-chair of the DGA Documentary Awards selection Committee with James Moll. Mock graduated from UC Berkeley in history and English and did graduate work in history and law. She is a partner in Sanders & Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation that specializes in producing films on the arts, sciences and the humanities.