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  • Open to all AFI DOCS passholders.

    In 2016, when a group of documentary film producers met for an informal dinner to discuss the challenges of producing independent documentaries, little did they know that just two years later they would become the leading force behind new crediting guidelines that have become a vital source in the documentary field. In this interactive, audience-participation session, key members of the Documentary Producers Alliance break down the new crediting guidelines and discuss how their desire to introduce guidelines for documentary credits led to a year-long organizing campaign with lessons for all filmmakers interested in successful field-building. Presented in partnership with Sundance Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Moderator: Dolly Turner


    Jameka Autry
    Lance Kramer
    Beth Levison
    Naomi Walker

  • Lance KramerLance Kramer produced the documentary CITY OF TREES (Full Frame, PBS-America Reframed, Netflix); and Webby Award-winning documentary web series THE MESSY TRUTH WITH VAN JONES. In 2014, Lance received the DC Mayor's Arts Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Kramer served two terms as a Board Member of Docs in Progress and was a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow in 2015 and 2018. He was selected to the 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship cohort and 2018 Sundance Creative Producers Summit fellow. He holds a Bachelor's in history and film from Dartmouth College.


    Beth LevisonBeth Levison is an Emmy® and Peabody-winning producer based in NYC. MADE IN BOISE, which she produced, will make its world premiere at this year's AFI DOCS. PERSONAL STATEMENT, which she also produced, was the opening night film of AFI DOCS 2018. Levison's additional producing credits include 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE (HBO, 2017), THE TRIALS OF SPRING (PBS, 2019) and LEMON, which she also directed (PBS, 2011). Levison is the owner of Hazel Pictures, serves on the producing faculty of the SVA's MFA program in Social Documentary Film and is a co-founder of the Doc Producers Alliance (DPA), and a mom.