Carmel Film Forum focuses on two-minute documentary


The 2021 Carmel Film Forum: Documentary Filmmaking Workshops and Festival will be presented virtually for free, utilizing the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Zoom account. It will be conducted on the Saturdays of July 10, 17 and 24. Each workshop is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.

Carmel Film Forum 2021 IG FBThe filmmaking workshops will discuss how to write a compelling personal two-minute documentary film and demonstrate the technology needed for videoing and editing a documentary. The webinar will be facilitated by James Moriarty, co-owner and producer of Moriarty Media and Sara O’Sha, audiovisual services supervisor of the Carmel Clay Public Library. Moriarty will teach the technical aspects of filmmaking, host the film screenings and introduce special guests who will contribute their filmmaking and film festival judging expertise.

Webinar participants will be asked to make a two-minute documentary and present it to the July 24 workshop. The Carmel Film Forum will conclude with a juried screening of the films. The winner of the best two-minute documentary will receive a Canon EOS M50 Mark II with 15-45 mm lens, and a RØDE VideoMic Go from Roberts Camera. All participants who complete a two-minute documentary for judging will receive an expert critique of their film and a ticket to the Indy 2022 Indy Film Fest.

July 10 — Session 1: How to write a two-minute documentary film and who is going to see it?

Featuring special guests Jim Simmons, Emmy-winning documentary producer and former Series Producer for WFYI’s “Across Indiana,” and Lisa Manthei, assistant documentary programmer of the Indy Film Fest.

July 17 — Session 2: How to shoot my two-minute documentary on a smartphone and edit it on a computer. Featuring special guests Imoto Harney, producer and director of photography from Captain Crazy Productions; Kristy Thompson, Carmel Clay public senior digital media lab specialist; and Nathan Bechtold, president of the Indiana Filmmakers Network.

July 24 – Session 3: Two-Minute Documentary Film Festival and Winner Q&A,

featuring special guest Meredith Reinker, partner at Roberts Camera.

Participants can register at A webinar link will be emailed to the participant, along with a program/curriculum, list of the tools, software and supplies needed for the workshop. Seats for the webinar are free but limited. For more, visit

The 2021 Carmel Film Forum is sponsored by the City of Carmel, Moriarty Media LLC, Carmel Clay Public Library, Digital Media Lab, Indy Film Fest, Indiana Film Network, Captain Crazy Productions, A Cat With Gloves LLC and Roberts Camera.