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It was real-time proof that SMPTE standards have provided a platform that enables quality content anywhere … including in space. It's too bad most of the indie filmmakers around the globe didn't get a chance to see it firsthand but it takes time for the SMPTE board and management to reach everyone even in our instant-on world. It was interesting to see some of the footage that didn't make it into the final cut from doc maker Todd Miller's Apollo 11 film. That and Ken Burns docs -- Dust Bowl, Country Music, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson and yes, The Vietnam War – reminded us why we find documentaries so interesting and entertaining. They're real, they need to be made and they need to be seen by people because the written word - books alone - doesn't even come close to having as much impact as a solid documentary. Fortunately, there are thousands of filmmakers who feel the same way and seem to be almost driven to bring these stories to screens despite the overwhelming time, money and creative investment to take on a project that will never be a tentpole film or garner a huge audience in theaters or on smaller screens. It's just a story they're driven to develop, deliver. We were reminded of the value and importance of documentaries during the SMPTE WIP (women in post) luncheon when writer, producer, director Pamela Green's discussed her journey in making Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. Green's telling of Alice Guy-Blaché's story was eight years in the making; and if you're like us, you say, "O.K., who's Alice Guy-Blaché?" She immediately reassured us we weren't ignorant for not recognizing her name and work. She was the industry's first female filmmaker who wrote, produced and directed thousands of silent and sound films and was then shut out of the industry she helped create. During her 22-year career, she broke new ground first in France and later built, owned and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, NJ. Her first film, La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), was one of the first narrative films ever made. Green explained how, like most indie filmmakers and

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