Visual Approaches to Documentary w/ Bud Simpson

Visual Approaches to Documentary


Learn how to consistently capture powerful images that enhance your non-fiction storytelling


Even if … you don’t have an expensive camera

Even if … you’ve already started shooting

Even if … you’re overwhelmed with no idea where start or how to shoot


In this 90-minute online workshop you’ll discover:


A ready-to-use framework for capturing an intentional look and “”cinematic”” feel to your shots

How to set yourself up for a successful shoot – long before you ever turn on the camera

How to maximize your limited shooting time and get the most essential shots to tell your story

How to develop unshakable confidence in yourself as a one (wo)man shooter or low-impact small-crew filmmaker

Also included: [FREE PDF] Documentary Shooter’s Cinematic Camera Checklist.


Bud’s Bio:

Bud Simpson is an Atlanta-based director of photography and independent filmmaker. People who know him well, know that he’s third generation filmmaker, who has spent countless hours behind the camera and in the editing suite. His cinematography has been featured in film festivals internationally including Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs, Bend, Newport Beach, Sidewalk Film Festival, Cucalorous, Oaxaca, and many others.


In the commercial world, his natural and cinematic images are sought after by brands such as Mercedes Benz, IHG, Doosan, Kodak, and others.


When he’s not on set, he’s leading filmmaking workshop and intensives in east Africa, rural Montana and across the globe in a program he founded called Stories Found – where he teaches filmmaking theory and techniques to emerging filmmakers all over the world.



This class is designed to be taken in conjunction with Visual Approaches to Narrative – not a requirement, just a recommendation! **Registration for online workshops cuts off 30 minutes before the listed start time. Once registration has ended, participants will be emailed a Zoom Link. Any questions can be directed to Kiwi Lanier –**

Sidewalk’s Educational Programs are presented by Wind Creek Hospitality.

Feature Filmmaking 101 w/ Kendall Goldberg

Registration for online workshops cuts off 30 minutes before the listed start time. Once registration has ended, participants will be emailed a Zoom Link. Any questions can be directed to Kiwi Lanier –

Learn the ins and outs of making a low budget independent feature, going from shorts to features, and proof of concept filmmaking from writer/producer/director Kendall Goldberg.


Chicago native, Kendall Goldberg is an LA-based writer/producer/director. At 22-years-old, Kendall’s feature directorial debut WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD — starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation), and Anna Konkle & Maya Erskine (PEN15) — was released by Gunpowder & Sky after winning the International Film Critics’ Prize at the 2018 Heartland Film Festival and the Indie Vision Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2018 Twin Cities Film Festival. Kendall graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University where she was selected as a Marion Knott Scholar and was mentored by Producer Richard Gladstein (Pulp Fiction). Her senior thesis film — GLORIA TALKS FUNNY, starring Candi Milo (Dexter’s Laboratory) — was honored with the Women of Chapman Endowed Filmmaker Grant and the Zonta Award, won the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, and has screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide, including the AmPav Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes. Her documentary short DEMPSEY THE DIABETIC SUPERHERO was a Student Academy Awards Semifinalist. Kendall is signed with Chicago-based production company Strange Loop, where she directs music videos and commercials. She was selected as a mentee for the 2019 Women In Film Mentoring Program and is a semifinalist for the 2020 Sundance Makers Episodic Lab. Most recently Kendall created and directed a docuseries pilot for Comedy Central about UFOs, the paranormal, urban legends, and non-traditional beliefs. Kendall is currently developing a dark comedy feature about a small town in Montana riddled with accidental murder, an anthology series about a 24-hour diner in Chicago, a coming of age story about two competing fireworks stores in rural Michigan, and a horror film set in the isolated mountains of Utah.


Sidewalk’s Education Programs are sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality.

Visual Approaches to Narrative w/ Kyle Taubken

May 11th at 5:30 PM CST (duration 1.5 hours)

Filmmaker Kyle Taubken will discuss how he approaches visual design in narrative filmmaking, particularly when working on no and low budget productions. Discussion will include story-motivated shot design, pre-production techniques, and how to face challenges on set while still maintaining your overall vision. Question and answer time will be included at the end.

Kyle Taubken is a filmmaker from Memphis, TN who has made a number of award-winning short films that have played at festivals including Indie Memphis, Portland Film Festival, Bushwick Film Festival, and Nashville Film Festival, among others. His recent short film, Soul Man, was the runner-up in the Fall 2019 Hammer to Nail Short Film Contest and won Best Hometowner Narrative Short at the 2019 Indie Memphis Film Festival. Kyle is currently developing his first feature.

This class is designed to be taken in conjunction with Visual Approaches to Documentary on 5/15, but that’s not a requirement – just a recommendation!

Registration closes at 5 PM on May 11th. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link ahead of time.

Sidewalk’s educational programs are presented by Wind Creek Hospitality.

Virtual Workshop: Running a Set: Assistant Direction and PAs

Chris Riddle is a filmmaker, assistant director, and producer.  Chris got his start working on independent features and shorts in North Carolina and has now been a career AD for 10 years.  Chris now works as an Assistant Director in Los Angeles and has received two Directors Guild Awards as a member of the directing teams of Veep Season 5 and Barry Season 1.  Along with his work in television, Chris has produced numerous short films, including 3 for director Ashley Brim, his wife.

This workshop will take place on Zoom. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link ahead of time.

Sidewalk’s Educational Programs are sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality.