Rachel Pikelny: Feature Documentary Production

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Chicago-based filmmaker and producer-writer Rachel Pikelny knows a thing or two about convincing storytelling. Many of the films she’s worked on are through Kartemquin Films, the non-profit documentary factory exclusively dedicated to exploring and critiquing aspects of American society—as in 1994’s Hoop Dreams, 2004’s The New Americans and 2011’s The Interrupters, all highly acclaimed. She also lends her talents to Adelstein Liston, a top media and strategic communications firm hired by everyone from the American Cancer Society to President Obama.

Pikelny’s current films in post-production include a documentary about the Mormon Church’s place in the film industry and one called American Arab, which examines American perceptions of people of Middle Eastern descent, but her most famous project to date is The Trials of Muhammad Ali, the Bill Siegel-directed documentary released this summer to almost universally positive reviews. That award-winning doc—for which Pikelny was credited for helping unearth rarely-before-seen archival footage of Ali to tell the story of the legendary boxer’s fight to exercise his personal and religious beliefs—is still screening in select outlets throughout the country.

Pikelny is headed to West Philly’s Scribe Video Center to present a workshop on producing feature documentaries, where she’ll share the secrets of her craft and engaging, informative stories from her years on the grind. Additionally, Scribe’s Producers’ Forum will be showing The Trials of Muhammad Ali a day earlier at the International House, and she’ll be in attendance. Haven’t seen it? Do. / Randy LoBasso

7pm. $10-$20. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St. 215.222.4201. scribe.org

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