About the guest speakers:
Director Robert Greene is a filmmaker and writer. His most recent film, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (2016) won a Jury Award for Writing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Robert’s previous documentaries include the Gotham Awards nominated ACTRESS (2014), FAKE IT SO REAL (2011) and the Gotham Awards nominated KATI WITH AN I (2010). Robert was among four filmmakers chosen as an inaugural Sundance Art of Nonfiction fellow in 2015. He’s a two-time nominee for Best Director at the Cinema Eye Honors. Robert has edited over a dozen features, including GOLDEN EXITS (2017), QUEEN OF EARTH (2015) and LISTEN UP PHILIP (2014) by Alex Ross Perry, Amanda Rose Wilder’s award winning APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT (2014), Charles Poekel’s Spirit Awards nominated CHRISTMAS, AGAIN (2015) and Douglas Tirola’s HEY BARTENDER. Robert writes about documentary for outlets such as Sight & Sound and serves as the Filmmaker-in-Chief for the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.
Producer Douglas Tirola has produced eleven documentary films that have premiered at the world's most important film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, TriBeCa, Hotdocs and SXSW before going on to be theatrically released. He has produced all of Robert Greene's films including the Sundance award-winning KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE. He is also the producer of the award winning MAKING THE BOYS. As a director his films include BREWMASTER (SXSW 2018), DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD - The Story of the National Lampoon which premiered at Sundance and was released by Magnolia Pictures, the James Beard nominated HEY BARTENDER which premiered on Netflix, ALL IN: THE POKER MOVIE which premiered on Showtime and his first documentary AN OMAR BROADWAY (HBO Documentary Films) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (Robert Greene was the editor and one of the producers of this film). Douglas has worked as a screenwriter for studios including Paramount, Fox and Sony. He began his career working in film production in New York City on films by directors Woody Allen, Robert Benton, Mike Nichols and Steve Zaillian. His first job was as a production assistant on WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.