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ASMP-NY Presents

ASMP NY Video Series: Documentary Filmmaking with Chandler Griffin & Alison Fast

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Want to know if it’s realistic to learn how to make a documentary film in two to four weeks?

Chandler Griffin, documentary filmmaker and founder of Barefoot Workshops, will show the latest documentaries from Barefoot’s 2012 workshops in The Mississippi Delta and Cape Town, South Africa. He and his partner, Alison Fast, will take us beyond the technology and talk about what it really takes to make a film. “When new filmmakers learn to drop their egos and realize that the person on the other end is really the focus of everything, the results can have a huge impact on the audience as well as the subjects of the films,” says Chandler.

Come and see examples from those who have done it and be inspired!


Chandler Griffin is a NYC-based, documentary filmmaker, educator and the Founding Director of Barefoot Workshops. He has produced and taught educational programs in Latin America, North America, the UK, Ireland, Africa, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He is a founding member of Video Volunteers, and has collaborated with Navsarjan Trust, PLANusa, 1Giant Leap, PBS, The American Cancer Society, Hospice Ministries, FXB International, The Ford Foundation, the State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative, and many other groups. His camera work has helped films earn a CINE Golden Eagle Award and an Oscar Finalist/Student Academy Awards. In 2006 Chandler founded A River Blue, an arts empowerment project for 100 displaced children in northern Uganda. A River Blue now offers agriculture, agroforestry, animal husbandry, tailoring, psychosocial counseling, English, business and secondary school to 51 students and regularly hosts visiting artists. He holds a BFA in Photography and a BFA in Video/Film from the Savannah College of Art & Design and lectures regularly.

Alison Fast is a Peabody Award-winning television producer who has worked for such networks as NBC/Universal, BBC Worldwide and MTV Networks. She has documented international events including, World AIDS Orphans Day in Los Angeles, the World Water Forum in Mexico City, the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York City. She spent six months documenting the power of grassroots media in Brazil, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. As Program Director of Barefoot Workshops, she has produced and led educational programs in the United States, South Africa, Burundi, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Israel and Palestine. Her goal is to use media to bridge diverse communities around the world and to work towards global strategies for peace and a sustainable future. She graduated in 1998 with a degree in Journalism from Boston University College of Communication.

Barefoot Workshops has worked with partners as diverse as UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNDP, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, The U.S. State Department and The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), to pioneer new formats and “media templates” that reinforce citizen-led, community-owned solutions to these challenges.

As digital media becomes a primary tool for communication worldwide, Barefoot Workshops builds the capacity of individuals and organizations — often those who would not ordinarily have a voice — to tell stories that are transformative and that powerfully impact their local and global communities.

For more information about Barefoot Workshops and Chandler Griffin, please visit