Schedule subject to change

Thursday, January 19

1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

Pitch Mechanics with Kisha Imani Cameron

The Pitch Mechanics course will turn “selling” into a fun, enriching process! Filmmakers will learn a creative mindset that is perfect for artists, writers and producers to have the edge while having the confidence to get noticed for who they are and effectively engage industry members. All of this in an organic and customized process so that selling can stop feeling like a phony thing to avoid, and instead become a deeply authentic and worthwhile activity.

Tuesday, January 24

2:00 - 4:30 PM EST

Pitch Practice with Kisha Imani Cameron

All Fellows will come together for a 2.5 hour virtual pitch practice session.


Kisha was the Showrunner/Executive Producer alongside Michaela Angela Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross and Oprah Winfrey on THE HAIR TALES, from Disney's ONYX Collective and OWN. Previously, she was the showrunner/Co-EP of “After The First 48” and Consulting Producer on “The First 48”, which airs on A&E. Her producing credits -- which include the Mike Tyson documentary, THE KNOCKOUT for ABC, directed by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher, Spike Lee’s BAMBOOZLED and Raoul Peck’s SOMETIMES IN APRIL, and her extensive work in film development, namely with New Line Cinema and Walden Media -- make her no stranger to the upper echelons of creative production, the challenges the BIPOC community face in the studio system, and the need for insiders such as herself to pass along the wisdom she has acquired over the years.

Kisha Imani Cameron

Wednesday, February 1

 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

DAWG with Natalie Bullock-Brown

From Reflection to Release: Uplifting a Values-Based Filmmaking Practice shares with session participants a framework for non-fiction filmmaking developed by the Documentary Accountability Working Group. During the session, participants will learn about the six values at the core of the framework, and hear how the framework offers values-based best practices for what DAWG refers to as six phases of production: Reflection, Research & Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, and Release/Impact.


Natalie Bullock-Brown

Tuesday, February 7

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Distribution Workshop & Office Hours with Rachel Gordon

A general overview on Distribution and distribution preparation, focusing on:
- Markets to target - international public tv, educational facilities, non-profit, etc
- Defining the types of rights to know about - including pay and free broadcast, video on demand, and educational.
- Does "windowing" make sense, selecting primary audiences to focus on and strategizing long-term campaigns.
- Preparing for different markets with technical needs, versioning, and being aware of holdbacks/licensing agreements.
- Technical deliverables to consider and plan ahead for ie closed captioning
- Harnessing public media broadcast to expand distribution - both domestically and internationally.
- Creating a network locally and globally using film and documentary organizations.

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Rachel Gordon

Thursday, February 9

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

PBS Broadcast and PBSd Overview

The PBS programming session will provide an overview of how to bring your film or project to PBS, current initiatives and multiplatform strategy and PBSd Distribution Overview.

Wendy Llinas

Wendy Llinas

Diana El-Osta

Diana El-Osta

Tuesday, February 14

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

PBS Digital Studios with Gabby Ewing and Maribel Lopez

PBS Digital Studios (PBSDS) has launched over 70 series in its first ten years and continues to learn, iterate and grow. Senior Director and Head of PBSDS, Maribel Lopez, and Director of Programming, Gabbi Ewing provide an overview of PBSDS’ current state, strategy, and programming slate, and share where the digital network has its sights set for the future.

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Gabby Ewing

Lopez Maribel

Maribel Lopez

Thursday, February 16

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Legal Workshop: Fair Use and Other Questions with Fernando Ramirez

Introduction to Fair Use and Right of Publicity for documentary filmmakers.

Fernando Ramirez

Fernando Ramirez

Tuesday, February 21

1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

Not Your Mama’s Impact Campaign: A Workshop with The League

If you’ve ever wondered how to leverage storytelling to make genuine connections to audiences and create change, join The League’s Kristen Marston and producer on the 2022 Emmy-award winning documentary When Claude Got Shot, Santana Wilson-Coleman, for Not Your Mama’s Impact Campaign. During this 90-minute workshop you'll unpack “what is impact anyway?” You’ll leave the workshop energized and full of ideas o how to reach and motivate your audiences through unique approaches that extend beyond community screenings.

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Santana Coleman

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Kristen Marston

Tuesday, February 28

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Funding your Independent Film & Office Hours with Sabrina Gordon

This presentation explores the funding landscape and strategies that work for our films by answering the hot questions: How do you discover nontraditional funders? How do you find funding outside of the US? What’s the best strategy if you have public media funding already? Should a fundraising producer be added to your team? If so, how much do you budget for the position and what are the expectations? How do you leverage your festival strategy for fundraising? and more.



Sabrina S. Gordon

CANCELLED: Tuesday, February 28

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Meet with the Mentors

Mentors will continue their conversation from the Orientation, sharing stories of their experience in the documentary filmmaking world.


 Sabrina S. Gordon

Chris Hastings

Chris Hastings


Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich

NEW DATE -  Monday, March 13
1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Sizzle Reel Due


       Michael Premo


Rachel Falcone

Tucker, Angela PIC

Angela Tucker

Tuesday, March 7 & Thursday, March 9

Time TBD


Fellows will practice their pitch and receive feedback from the BPM Team.

Tuesday, March 21 & Thursday, March 23

Time TBD


Fellows will practice their pitch and receive feedback from the BPM Team.

Friday, March 24

Updates to Submittable application/proposal due.

Tuesday, April 4 & Thursday, April 6

Time TBD


Fellows will practice their pitch and receive feedback from the BPM Team.

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