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Tom Shepard

Producer/Director
Open Door Productions, LLC and Youth Documentary Academy

Tom Shepard recently directed UNSETTLED, a feature documentary in association with ITVS (Independent Television Service) about LGBT refugees and asylum seekers to be completed in 2019. For over 20 years, he has produced, directed, edited, and distributed documentary films. Four of his feature projects – SCOUT’S HONOR, KNOCKING, WHIZ KIDS and THE GROVE – have aired nationally on PBS (including POV, Independent Lens and PBS Plus). Coverage of his work has been featured prominently in the U.S. and foreign press, including reviews of three of his films in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe among others. Shepard’s films have played in more than 150 film festivals worldwide – including Full Frame, Silver Docs and the Sundance Film Festival (where he won two top awards for SCOUT’S HONOR in 2001.) Shepard has raised two million dollars for production of his own work and has received funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) four times previously. He is the former Chairman of New Day Films and regularly teaches documentary film in California and Colorado. In 2013, Shepard founded the Youth Documentary Academy (YDA) in Colorado which trains youth from under represented backgrounds in all aspects of documentary filmmaking. In 2019, YDA will be launching a national series called OUR TIME created by young people in the program in partnership with professional documentary filmmakers.

Shepard graduated from Stanford University where he studied human biology and film.

Sessions in which Tom Shepard attends

Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
  • Pulling Back the Curtain
  • Signup required
  • Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study - Linwood Dunn Theater
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  | 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Interactive Workshop
    SustainabilityTransparencyFilmmaker OnlyEmerging
3:45 PM
3:45 PM

Wednesday 26 September, 2018

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
11:30 AM
11:30 AM
3:45 PM
3:45 PM
8:00 PM
8:00 PM
  • PBS Indies Party
  • Signup required
  • NeueHouse Hollywood - NeueHouse Hollywood
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM  | 2 hours

Thursday 27 September, 2018

Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
9:45 AM
9:45 AM
1:00 PM
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
4:00 PM