CATALYST SESSIONS: The Art of Moving Reality

Where national conversations among filmmakers, thought leaders, policy-makers and engaged audiences

Thursday, June 20
Knight Conference Center, The Newseum
Admission free on a space available basis


10:00 a.m. WHAT IS AN AMERICAN?
As an extension of the AFI DOCS feature DOCUMENTED, an esteemed collection of our Nation's top policymakers and immigration reform advocates join to discuss and debate Immigration Reform and its role in America's present political culture.

Featuring Jim Avila (Senior National Correspondent, ABC News), Jose Antonio Vargas (Journalist/Filmmaker DOCUMENTED), Maria Teresa Kumar (Founding Executive Director, Voto Latino) and David Hoppe (Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center, former Chief of Staff for Trent Lott (R-MS) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)).

11:45 a.m. WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION?
Educators and policymakers assemble to discuss the state of education reform in America. The panel will focus on issues surrounding the High School Drop-Out Crisis and discuss solutions looking towards the future.

Featuring Bernardo Ruiz (Filmmaker, THE GRADUATES), Dennis Van Roekel (President, National Education Association) and Sarita Brown (Excelencia in Education).

1:30 p.m. WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?
Leaders from political, legislative and artistic sectors join to discuss the future of Intellectual Property rights in America's evolving digital culture.

Featuring Patricia Aufderheide (Professor in the School of Communication at American University and Director of the Center for Social Media), John Simson (American University Business School, Grammy Foundation), Katie Chevigny (Filmmaker) and David Green (VP, Public Policy, NBCUniversal).

3:15 p.m. WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF HUMOR IN POLITICS?
Celebrating AFI DOCS' featured screening of HERBLOCK - THE BLACK & THE WHITE, tracing the life and legacy of editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, a distinguished panel of artists, journalists and politicians join to discuss to discuss the role of humor in politics and how poking fun at our democracy influences the national conversation.

Featuring George Stevens, Jr. (Filmmaker/Producer HERBLOCK), Jason Grumet (President, Bipartisan Policy Center), Nick Galifianakis (Cartoonist, Writer and Columnist for The Washington Post) and Mike Farah (President of Production, Funny or Die).

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