IDA Conversation Series: AJ Schnack
With the International Documentary Association, SLIFF co-presents an entry in the IDA’s signature Conversation Series, which hosts discussions with prominent documentary filmmakers. This edition features multiple SLIFF alum AJ Schnack, a native of Edwardsville, Ill., and a previous Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award honoree. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Schnack has directed a quintet of highly lauded feature documentaries: “Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)” (2002), “Kurt Cobain About a Son” (2006), “Convention” (2009), “Caucus” (2013), and, with David Wilson, “We Always Lie to Strangers” (2013). Schnack was the first recipient of AFI Silverdocs’ Cinematic Vision Award. He is the founder and co-chair of the Cinema Eye Honors for nonfiction filmmaking, which held its 11th edition in January 2018. More recently, he co-created Field of Vision, a visual journalism film unit, with Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook. Schnack will be interviewed about his career and the state of documentary film by Kamau Bilal, a documentarian who teaches at the University of Missouri and whose short “Baby Brother” screens at SLIFF.