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Filmmaker Jim Martin Keynote Speaker at Documentary Film Conference in China

chinese-charactersEmmy award-winning filmmaker, director and writer,  James R. Martin will be a keynote speaker at the 22nd China Documentary Academic Association Conference (CDAA). Hosted by the CDAA and the Beijing Film Academy the conference runs from November 11 – 15, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. Developed for Chinese film and television professionals and students, the conference is intended to fuel the growth of Chinese TV documentary programming.

James R Martin is an Orlando, Florida based author, documentary filmmaker and university professor with more than 37 years experience creating films and teaching documentary filmmaking techniques at Columbia College Chicago, the University of Central Florida and Full Sail University. Until October 2014 he was the Director of the Documentary Course at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

In addition to his keynote, Jim will conduct a workshop at the conference titled “How to create powerful documentary storytelling in the digital age.” The workshop will focus on actuality filmmaking and documentary storytelling techniques taken from the third edition of his book, Create Documentary Films, Videos and Multimedia.

Jim Martin

Jim Martin

An active blogger and writer, Jim’s documentary film reviews can be viewed at J R Martin Media -( Jim Martin is president of J R Martin Media Inc, a documentary and nonfiction production company based in Orlando, Florida. Additional projects in the works include online courses and books focused on Actuality Documentary and Non-fiction Production.  The third edition of Create Documentary Films, Videos and Multimedia is being translated to Chinese.

Among other awards James R (Jim) Martin received an Emmy for his PBS documentary Fired-up! – a feature-length documentary about public housing in Chicago. He also received an Emmy nomination and Chicago Film Festival Award for the feature-length documentary Wrapped In Steel, which was seen nationally on PBS.



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  1. Congrats on the trip and keynote. Hope it really helps promote your work, the book(s) and your future endeavours. jbb

    • Thanks, looking forward to the trip and cultural experience. Jim

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