The New York Film Academy and The Doc Tank
announce a new evening series in NYC, free and open to the public

The Unsung Heroes of Documentary

Please join us to Recognize, Educate, Celebrate!


We're planning our next events for February, March, and April 2012 and are looking for the most heroic of the bunch. 

Documentary directors please let us know who has saved your butt best. 

write to please with your suggestions. 


This event is free and open to the public.



st-production pro extraordinaire


NYFA, Tuesday 10/4, 7 PM (doors open at 6:30)

Steve Pequignot has won the love of documentary makers who rely on him to get them to the finish line time after time. His unflappable attitude, technical knowledge, and creative artistry are unmatched. 

His list of credits is long and includes many documentary classics, from Lion in the House to 56 Birch Street to Harvard Beats Yale.

Please join us as Steve discusses clips of his work and takes questions about any and everything related to his career and the final steps of documentary filmmaking. And then, an enthusiastic toast in his honor, and a reception (with cheap wine and free cheese)!

NEWSFLASH: We are proud to announce our very first Honoree! 


archival footage researcher

Rosemary Rotondi photo

NYFA, Tuesday 9/27, 7 PM

A beloved and experienced but still Unsung Hero of Documentary, Rosemary will present and discuss her work and career. 

Our first UH (Unsung Hero) 

has contributed to zillions of noted docs, including: 

INSIDE JOB (2011 Oscar winner for doc); HBO’s WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER (Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, producers); REGRET TO INFORM; & THE BRANDON TEENA STORY. 


She will be appearing with 

Crayton Robey (Director/Producer of Making the Boys, to which Rosemary contributed as Archival Researcher.)

Robey made his directorial debut with the award-winning documentary, When Ocean Meets Sky, which premiered at SXSW. When Ocean Meets Sky provides a vivid portrait of the birth and evolution of one of the world's first gay enclaves, Fire Island Pines and is a popular broadcast on MTV Logo’s Real Momentum series. His latest film, Making the Boys provides an unflinching look at a seminal moment in the advent of the gay liberation movement: the making of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band, and its enduring relevance. Making the Boys made its world premiere at the 60th Berlinale and was acquired by First Run Features.The film has been lauded with Critics’ Pick honors by The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and San Francisco Chronicle.  Robey is a frequent lecturer on GLBTQ and arts related issues. 

about the series 

HEROES TBA: 10/4 & 10/11

Directors of Photography, editors, sound recordists, mixers, graphic artists, designers, colorists, composers—these are the brilliant specialists who save the day countless times on countless documentary films, lending their skill and soul again and again to enable Directors and Producers to realize their dreams. But do they get credit and recognition? Love and understanding? Not enough! We thought it would be fun, fitting, and overdue, to drag some of our shy artistic and technical heroes into a little spotlight.

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) has the club-house atmo of its historic Tamanny Hall Building, and is perfectly located at 100 East 17th Street, just east of Union Square. The upstairs screening room is a large informal space.

The Honoree will present and discuss clips of his/her work, take questions, and be toasted en masse, followed by mingling with cheap drinks and refreshments. Director/Producers who have worked with the Honoree will be invited to testify to their powers.

We hope to attract an intergenerational audience: film students who can learn about important professional film career paths, and Doc Makers who want to raise a glass in appreciation. We're planning an experimental run for 3 Tuesdays this fall 2011 and hope to bring it back this spring. 

We want ideas, nominations, suggestions! Please help spread the word and let us hear from you at Brought to you by Andrea Swift, Chair of Documentary Department at NYFA, and The Doc Tank (a documentary center run by NYFA doc faculty member, filmmaker Immy Humes).


Immy Humes  212/253-9296

Andrea Swift

more to come, please stay tuned.