AIDC was Gordon Quinn’s last public engagement before becoming ill with COVID-19. It is with deep excitement and gratitude that we can announce Gordon’s return home following hospitalization.
“I thank everyone for thinking of me and supporting me and Meg,” Gordon said. “I’ll continue with physical therapy at home with a visiting therapist over the next few weeks.”
The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has released the audio of Gordon Quinn’s producing masterclass, held in Melbourne in March 2020. For over 50 years, Gordon Quinn and Kartemquin Films have been at the forefront of documentary making in the US, not only embracing but also epitomising collaborative practices, championing new voices, and leading the way in the fight for independent media. All of these resonate with current discussions, both locally and globally around democracy and social justice, as well as AIDC 2020’s theme of collective intelligence.
Join Gordon in conversation as he discusses the essential role of documentary in a fair and just society through some of his key works from Inquiring Nuns and Last Pullman Car to Hoop Dreams, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Minding the Gap and ’63 Boycott. Talking through his 50-plus years of experience, Gordon expands on how to sustain documentary making amidst constant assaults on truth, and finding new ways to regenerate the form and industry. He also discusses the expanding role of the producer in nurturing new talent and promoting and enabling diverse voices to tap into hyper-local stories that also reverberate with global audiences. This session is both thought-provoking and inspiring.
Gordon was a recent guest on the DOC NYC Friday Fix (Episode 2) talking COVID-19, recovery, and what’s next with host Thom Powers, and other guests Janet Tobias, director of Unseen Enemy about pandemics; and Gordon’s friends Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the Oscar-winning directors of American Factory. You can register to view the interview here.