Experts 2017

Marilyn Agrelo

Marilyn Agrelo is a New York director and producer. Marilyn’s directorial debut was Mad Hot Ballroom, which enjoyed a theatrical run of over 24 weeks and took its place among the top 10 highest-grossing documentary films of all time. Mad Hot Ballroom is currently in pre-production for its Broadway debut. IFC Films released Marilyn’s feature […]


Patricia Zimmermann

Patricia R. Zimmermann is Professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York and is also co-director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. She has served as the Ida Beam Professor at the University of Iowa and the Shaw Foundation Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is author of Reel […]


Debra Zimmerman

Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies since 1983. For 10 of the last 11 years films from WMM have won or been nominated for Oscars. She is in great demand around the world as a speaker on independent film distribution, marketing and financing. She is a member of numerous Advisory […]


Michael Renov

Michael Renov is Co-Principal Investigator of the American Film Showcase, the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a leading scholar on theory of documentaries. In 1993, he co-founded Visible Evidence; an international and interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have been held on four continents. He is the author […]


Anayansi Prado

Born in Panama, Anayansi Prado is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose independent productions have been broadcast nationally on PBS. Her works include the documentaries Maid in America about Latina domestic workers in LA, Children in No Man’s Land about unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the US/Mexico border and Paraiso for Sale about American retirees migrating to […]