AZUSA, Calif.— Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Communication Studies and Galileo Studio/The Story Institute, in partnership with Act One and the L.A. Film Studies Center, will host Navigating the Doc Side: The Art and Business of Nonfiction Filmmaking. The event will cover the creative and practical considerations for one of the most popular mediums of our time. The two-day conference will take place in Wilden Lecture Hall, located on APU’s East Campus, at 901 East Alosta Ave., in Azusa, on Friday, Nov. 9, from 5—9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m.—5:30 p.m.

“With the success of reality TV and feature documentaries like “March of the Penguins” and “Spellbound,” it's clear we are living in the heyday of the documentary as a storytelling medium,” said Barbara Harrington, director of APU's Galileo Studio. “We want to give newer filmmakers permission and the foundation to embrace the documentary as both art and story.”

Navigating the Doc Side is a conference for filmmakers, students, and anyone with a burning idea for the next great documentary. The speakers will cover a variety of topics, including the history of the documentary art form, finding the “story” in a nonfiction project, and essential elements of a beautiful documentary.

Participants will hear from many award-winning producers, directors, writers, and professionals in the film and television industry, including Rebecca Cammisa, producer/director of the Oscar-nominated documentaries “God is the Bigger Elvis” and “Which Way Home;” Kurt Schemper, Emmy-winning producer of “Intervention” on A&E; Ed Carter, documentary curator of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and Lisa Hasko, fiscal sponsorship coordinator at the International Documentary Association.

Tickets to the event are $60 for general admission, $50 for Saturday only, and $30 for students. Alumni of the co-sponsoring organizations can register for a 50 percent discount off general admission through October 31. Registration includes access to the event and a boxed lunch on Saturday.