Producing Master Class
Toni Bell an independent filmmaker and Filmmaker Services Manager at the International Documentary Association where she is responsible for handling the day-to-day operations of the fiscal sponsorship program. She curates the IDA’s DocuClub work-in-progress screening series of which many of the films have premiered at film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and CPH: Dox. She is a featured speaker and panelists at conferences, universities and a jurist and mentor at documentary festivals and labs such as NALIP, SEEFest, Outfest, and the Firelight Media Impact Producers Retreat. Her foray into documentary film began when she started writing and editing the newsletter for the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers – West. This led to her first gig as production assistant and then an archival researcher for the film, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race, which aired nationally on PBS. Since then she has done archival research for several documentaries and television shows including Centric’s Being. She holds an M.A. in Visual Anthropology from USC, M.F.A in Creative Writing from Naropa University, and a certificate in professional screenwriting from UCLA.