Documenting the Undocumented: Producing and Distributing Short Films about Immigration, with Theo Rigby

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Award-winning filmmaker, interactive storyteller and photojournalist Theo Rigby will present his work over the past decade with iNation Media, creating short-form webseries and feature documentaries about the immigrant experience in the U.S.  His current project, Waking Dream, explores the lives of young undocumented people across the U.S. who have DACA permits. Drawing on this work in progress, Rigby will discuss project conceptualization, “casting,” producing and distributing short-form documentary media about immigration issues; how to fund short content through crowdfunding, grants, and distributor acquisitions; and non-traditional ways to engage audiences.  

SPACE IS LIMITED.  To reserve your spot, please contact Professor Beverly Seckinger as soon as possible,  Registration deadline:  February 20, 2017.  Presented by the Center for Documentary, with support from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, the Hanson Film Institute and the School of Theatre, Film & Television.

This workshop is the sixth in a series presented by the Center for Documentary, designed to support graduate students from diverse disciplines who wish to deepen their knowledge of contemporary documentary practices.  Past workshops have focused on project development, working with historians and archives, interactive web-based media, using documentary film for human rights activism, and documentary editing strategies.

Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller based out of San Francisco. He believes in the power of media to create awareness and dialogue about the world’s most pressing social and political issues.

Rigby’s last project, Immigrant Nation (iNation), is a series of short films about immigration in the U.S. including The CaretakerThe Mayor, and Marathon, as well as an online storytelling platform, and a series of live storytelling events. iNation has been showcased on the New York Times website, nationally broadcast on PBS, and shown at Ellis Island, the 2014 New York Film Festival, and 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The project received a MacArthur Documentary Film grant, as well as a Tribeca Institute New Media Fund grant. His film, Sin País (Without Country), won a Student Academy Award, has screened in over 30 film festivals, and was nationally broadcast on POV in 2012.

His current projects include a feature documentary on the contemporary Sanctuary movement, and Waking Dream, a series of short documentary films exploring the lives of young, undocumented people in the U.S. who have DACA permits.

In conjunction with the workshop, the DocScapes film series will present a free screening of short films by Theo Rigby at the Loft Cinema on ThursdayMarch 2.