Documentary filmmakers share their insights on how to make meaningful movies in these highlights from a special forum at the 2015 Florida Film Festival. Topics addressed include finding subjects and telling stories that help change the world.
Leslie C. Halpern holds a Master of Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She has worked as a professional movie critic, entertainment writer, and book reviewer since 1982. She wrote the books Dreams on Film: The Cinematic Struggle Between Art and Science (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003), Reel Romance: The Lovers’ Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004), and Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity (BearManor Media, 2010). More than 3,500 of her articles have appeared in The Hollywood Reporter (where she was a 13-year stringer), Daily Variety, Orlando Sentinel, Markee Magazine, and dozens of other print and online publications. From 2007-2013, she worked at Suite101.com as Romantic Films/Comedies Feature Writer, then later as Topic Editor and Channel Manager in the same subject areas. She leads workshops on writing film/book reviews and decoding movie dream sequences at film festivals and writer’s conferences. Leslie also reviews books (often about arts and entertainment) for online sites including Midwest Book Review, MyShelf.com, and BlueInkReview.