Master Class: Reconstructing Reality

120 min.


Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:00am

Directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest and executive producer Jeff Truesdell — the filmmakers behind the St. Louis-shot “For Ahkeem,” which screens at SLIFF — lead a conversation about transforming a real story into a narrative, discussing how to shoot a documentary like an indie drama, structure reality into a narrative, and deal with the ethical issues that arise in the process. Levine and Van Soest are an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaking team whose work explores social commentary through rich characters and cinematic stories. “Good Fortune,” their documentary about how efforts to aid Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to serve, was broadcast on the PBS series “POV,” and “Walking the Line,” about vigilantes on the U.S.-Mexico border, was broadcast nationally in five countries. Executive producer Truesdell is an award-winning journalist and staff writer for People magazine. His feature article for People about the Innovative Concept Academy in his native St. Louis introduced him to Judge Jimmie Edwards and the model program that serves as the backdrop of “For Ahkeem.” He has previously written for the Miami Herald and was a founding editor of Orlando Weekly.