The panels "are like a graduate-level course," artist-attendee Donna Whitte-Davis told The Daily Freeman of Kingston, N.Y.
Featured films include the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous," "Off the Black," starring Nick Nolte, and "Shut Up and Sing," chronicling the furor surrounding the Dixie Chicks after an anti-Bush comment by singer Natalie Maines in 2003.
"Shut Up and Sing" director Barbara Kopple, a two-time Academy Award winner, is to receive the festival's Maverick Award Saturday.
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