New! Complete schedule of IFP Doc-U-Mania weekends of info and insight from the experts

Producers Christine O’Malley (“Wordplay”) and Jim Czarnecki, (“Fahrenheit 9/11”), whose controversial new docs were Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominees, are among 12 experts at IFP’s Doc-U-Mania March 29-30 and April 5-6.

O’Malley’s “I.O.U.S.A.” and Czarnecki’s “Stronger, Better, Faster” will be case study workshops with the producers and their docs will be previewed.

Special Doc-U-Mania segments are a pitch session for selected participants and a work-in-progress screening to potential funders or distribution experts.

Here is the schedule for both weekends:

Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. “Choosing the Right Subject:” Producers Christine O’Malley. Ruth Leitman (“Lipstick and Dynamite”) and Brad Lichtenstein (“Almost Home”).

1:30 p.m. Legal Seminar, with attorney Tim Kelly.

3:30 p.m. “I.O.U.S.A. Case Study,” with Christine O’Malley. “I.O.U.S.A.” is a chilling doc exploring the country’s shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

7 p.m. Sneak Preview: “I.O.U.S.A”

Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m. “ITVS Proposal Writing Workshop,” and “In the Family” case study, with ITVS programming director Richard Salz and Kartemquim’s Joanna Rudnick.

1 p.m. Funder panel and pitch sessions.

Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. “Jobs for Doc Makers,” with representatives from Towers Productions, Grand and Noble and other companies about work they’re doing and how to be a part of it.

1 p.m. Legal Seminar, with attorney Tim Kelley.

3 p.m. “100 Hours to 2: Editing the Documentary,” with Leslie Simmer (“The War Tapes”) and Tom Haneke (“Almost Home”) discuss how they approach their projects.

4:30 p.m. Case Study of Jim Czarnecki’s “Bigger Stronger Faster,” about heroes on performance-enhancing drugs.

Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. “Creative Capital Workshop” with Kemi Ilesanmi, and “Nice Bombs” workshop with filmmaker Usama Alshaibi.

1:30 p.m. “Distribution Opportunities” with filmmaker Jim Czarnecki (“Fahrenheit 9/11), Yvonne Welbon (“Ruth Ellis at 100”) and others.

3 p.m. “Work in Progress Screenings.”

At Film Row Theatre, 1104 S. Wabash. Register through the IFP office, 312/235-0161, or

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