As our everyday lives become progressively computational, the majority of our actions are increasingly trackable. This presents new challenges, ethical concerns, and emerging production realities that documentary practitioners must navigate. SPECTRES is a two part forum with documentary producers, directors, academics, and security experts that attempts to demystify digital security and its need within documentary production. This series will culminate in a best practices field guide for documentarians and a burner OS that allows makers to ingest, edit, and communicate securely, which will be published in 2024.
In part one of this series, Spectres: Case Studies in Countercultural Democracy, we will look at how outside interests tend to target documentary teams (particularly those from historically disenfranchised communities), why it is important to conduct proper digital hygiene to safeguard yourself and the first steps you might take to quickly and easily protect your filmmaking practice. This session will spotlight filmmakers who will speak about their role on seminal works in documentary history that relate to data security. For example, topics could include ethical implications that documentarians knowingly or unknowingly engage in when making work in the age of artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as lessons learned in the field that filmmakers wish they knew before engaging in production. Attention will also be spent looking at tools that could have been used to avoid historic missteps.
This event will include a 30-minute workshop of a project where experts will analyze a production and think through how producers might establish better protocols to keep their documentary workflow safe. In order to be considered for this portion of the event, please fill out this additional form.
The event will be moderated by documentary editor, Sally Volkmann whose team experienced significant state surveillance during production on the film Icarus; and Nicholas Pilarski a documentary director and Associate Professor of Emerging Media who runs a laboratory at ASU that investigates resilient computational media and ethical narrative practices.
The event will require registration and will be recorded for internal purposes only. If you have any serious security concerns, we recommend you to please log in on a dummy Zoom account for an anonymous location. Identity-defining data will not be collected by IDA. Filmmakers with projects at any stage are encouraged to attend.