Doctor’s Hours for Filmmakers: Thursday, May 28, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Starting a new film? In the middle, finishing, or trying to get your
film seen? Are you seeking professional feedback on a work sample,
trailer, website, outreach strategy, written material or grant
application? Networking may be the single most valuable thing you can do
for your career. Rather than getting three minutes in a festival lobby
or after a panel, here is an opportunity to meet people in the industry
and make them truly familiar with you and your films.

This event will provide you with 20-minute, one-on-one consultations with theatrical and nontheatrical distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, outreach strategists, and fundraisers who
work with companies and organizations like Tribeca Film Institute,
Chicken and Egg, and Creative Capital.

As part of the evening, NYFA will be hosting a conversation from 6:00 – 7:30 PM:

What are the 10 Most Common Grantwriting Mistakes? with Lynn Lobell, Grant and Resources Manager, Queens Council on the Arts.

WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE: New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Directions are available on our website.

Please note: Doctor’s Hours consultations are career focused conversations. Doctors are asked to give feedback and suggestions to artists regarding the presentation of their work, not the quality of their work.

If registering for the first time, you will need to make a login account for your first registration. The login in can only be made at the day and time of registration.

COST: $25 per appointment; there is a three-appointment limit per registrant.

Click here to register for Doctor’s Hours appointments. You can add on registration for What Are the 10 Most Common Grantwriting Mistakes? Talk with Lynn Lobell.

To register for the Grantwriting Talk only, please click here.

QUESTIONS: Please e-mail [email protected].


Livia Bloom, Nonfiction, distribution, exhibition
Livia Bloom is a film curator and the Vice President of Icarus Films, a documentary distribution firm representing work by directors including Chantal Akerman, Patricio Guzmán, Heddy Honigmann, Shôhei Imamura, Chris Marker, Bill Morrison and Jean Rouch. Bloom contributes to publications including Cinema Scope and Filmmaker Magazine, organizes a series at the Maysles Documentary Center, and edited the book “Errol Morris: Interviews”. A graduate of Cornell and Columbia Universities, she currently lives in New York.

Iyabo Boyd, Grants, grantwriting, film festivals, production
Iyabo Boyd is an independent film producer and director, and is Program Manager at Chicken and Egg Pictures, a film fund for women documentary directors. She has previously held positions at the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Feature Project (IFP), and Tribeca Film Institute. She’s screened for the Hamptons, Sarasota, and Nantucket Film Festivals, and served on juries for the Cinema Eye Honors, IDA Awards, SXSW’s Women Director Award, and the Brooklyn Film Festival. Iyabo produced the fiction feature film Sun Belt Express, which had its international premier at the Champs-Elysée Film Festival in Paris, and its US premiere at the New Orleans International Film Festival in 2014. She recently directed the short film Forever, Ally, based on the work of poet Ronaldo V. Wilson.

Carla Fleisher, Grassroots and advocacy driven distribution and marketing and audience engagement
Carla Fleisher is Campaign Director at Film Sprout, a consulting and distribution firm that helps social-issue filmmakers create robust community and campus screening initiatives for their documentaries. Current Film Sprout projects include the documentaries The Hunting Ground and Vessel. Prior to her role at Film Sprout, Carla served as Programs and Media Officer at the nonprofit Peace is Loud, where she led outreach initiatives for films spotlighting women peacebuilders. She previously coordinated grassroots distribution efforts while a Community Outreach Coordinator for the PBS series Women, War & Peace and a Project Coordinator for the documentary production company Wicked Delicate.

Alexandra Hannibal, Film festivals, film grants
Alexandra Hannibal is Coordinator of Documentary Programming, Tribeca Film Institute, a funder with a wide variety of programs supporting filmmakers, and producers of the Tribeca Film Festival. Alex received her undergraduate degree from NYU and worked for Lincoln Center before pursuing a career in documentaries.  She is a recent graduate of the Media Studies/Documentary Master’s Program from the New School for Public Engagement. Prior to joining TFI she worked with Apograph Productions as part of their producing team.

Mary Kerr, Grants, grantwriting, film festivals
Mary Kerr is the Professional Development Program Manager at Creative Capital. She has been a programmer for the Sundance, Los Angeles and Gen Art film festivals, and Director of Programming for SILVERDOCS. From 2006 to 2012, she served as Executive Director of The Flaherty, producer of the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. In addition to her work for Creative Capital, she also produces documentary films, most recently, One Cut, One Life, by Lucia Small and Ed Pincus. She has served on funding panels for the NEA, NYSCA, ITVS, POV, Tribeca Gucci Fund, and festivals juries for the New Orleans, Ashland, Full Frame, Sarasota, Nordisk Panorama and HBO Comedy Arts Film Festivals, among others.

Lynn Lobell, Grants, grantwriting
Ms. Lobell has served as the as Queens Council on the Arts (QCA)’s Managing Director since February 2007. Prior to that appointment she has served as Director of the Queens Arts Fund (QAF) since 1999. Ms. Lobell has served as grant panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs as well as for other NYC organizations. She has served on several grantmaker discussion panels for various organizations throughout New York City and facilitated the selection process for the Queens Laureate Poet in 2010. Lynn will be available for consultations from 7:50 – 9:00 PM.

Michael Tuckman, Distribution, festivals, promotional campaigns
A veteran of the independent film industry for fifteen years, Michael Tuckman began his career at The Cinema Guild, where he was hired to start the company’s theatrical distribution division. Tuckman went on to serve as Vice President of Theatrical Sales for THINKFilm, handling the planning and implementation of all theatrical release strategies, including the breakout successes of Oscar-winning and nominated films including Spellbound, Half -Nelson, Born Into Brothels, Taxi to the Dark Side and Murderball.

He now operates his own distribution services company, mTuckman media, with which he works directly with filmmakers under their own banners. Most notably, he has handled Rory Kennedy’s Best Documentary Academy Award nominee Last Days In Vietnam; Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color; and Detropia, from the Academy Award nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. His company also provides theatrical booking and consultation services to distributors including Tribeca Film, Paladin and Drafthouse Films, among others, with releases including the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language film, Bullhead, War Witch, and The Broken Circle Breakdown as well as the 2014 Academy Award nominated documentary, The Act of Killing and the current indoe box office hit, What We Do In The Shadows.

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