ACTION! presents Collaboration and Cocreation in Documentary Filmmaking: A Workshop

Sunday, July 9: Noon – 5 PM

This workshop is free and open to young filmmakers ages 19 – 35 with priority given to traditionally media-marginalized populations. Write us at for more info and sign up.

Making documentaries surfaces power dynamics that can manifest and permeate documentaries in complex and unique ways. Documentary filmmakers are often aware of this dynamic and either accept it as is and move on, or leverage that awareness to push the documentary form. In this workshop, R.J. explores with workshop participants how filmmakers respond and navigate these dynamics and relationships to create challenging and compelling work.

This workshop is part of “ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary” summer series. Program support provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

R.J. Lozada is an award-winning filmmaker and radio producer based in the Bay Area. R.J. is deeply committed to working with and producing works on communities of color. Lozada has worked in varying capacities as a producer for radio and film, as a curator for film festivals, and as an educator. Lozada currently produces content for Making Contact, a weekly radio magazine show that focuses on social justice, and is in post-production for Passing Grounds–a multimedia project exploring America‚Äôs legacy of state violence through sites of death at the hands of law enforcement.

R.J. also will screen his films Mother’s Day (2017) and Laps (2016) at EPFC on July 7, Friday at 8PM. For more info, please visit

ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary

Political documentary films take on a renewed role amid a reinvigorated rage against immigrants, refugees, and people of color in many places around the world. Through politically engaged cinematic work, many filmmakers are confronting old and new forms of racism, the deepening ungrievability of Black and Brown lives, and precarious realities faced by minority communities including indigenous peoples, the elderly, refugees, women and children. ACTION! series: Cinema as Sanctuaryfeatures political documentary films that re-assert the images and stories that remind us that a compassionate world rooted upon solidarity, friendship, and collective action is possible.

June 2 The Native and the Refugee (with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny)
June 16 Pangandoy (with Hiyasmin Saturay)
July 7 Laps (with R.J. Lozada)
July 21 (TBD)
August 4 Nobel Nok Dah (with Emily Hong)

June 3 What is a Political Film? (with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny)
June 18 Making Films that Serve our Communities (with Hiyasmin Saturay)
July 9 Collaboration & Cocreation in Documentary Filmmaking (with R.J. Lozada)
July 23 (TBD)
August 6 Social Justice Music Videos (with Emily Hong)

Curated by Nerve Macaspac of the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC), with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nerve is an award-winning filmmaker and a PhD candidate at UCLA Geography Department. His research focuses on community-led spatial strategies in protecting vulnerable civilian lives.


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