September 21, 2022
2022 Gotham Week Conference: Production Case Study — The Cathedral
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Ricky D’Ambrose, writer/director of The Cathedral, discusses the production of his acclaimed ultra-low-budget feature.


Ricky D’Ambrose’s second feature, The Cathedral, is a beautifully elegiac and introspective feature that, through the viewpoint of the young son, follows a family’s rise and fall through the late ‘80s into the ‘90s. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival before playing Sundance, and now in release from MUBI, the film is a triumph of economical filmmaking, using a boldly minimalist style and clever production and sound design to skillfully evoke its period. Filmmaker Editor Scott Macaulay will speak to D’Ambrose, one of the magazine’s 25 New Faces, about the production decisions involved in making a period film on an ultra-low budget, and about scaling up to larger crews and casts from his previous micro-budget work.

The Gotham Week Conference explores the art and business of film and media today. Seasoned mentors and industry leaders make the Conference the premier forum for creators to break through and take their careers to the next level. Through panels, workshops, and networking opportunities, creators access the tools they need to connect with audiences, expand their story’s reach, and build sustainable careers.

Back IRL for the first time in three years, Gotham Week 2022 will take place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, September 17-23, and also includes virtual programming and events. Each year, Gotham Week connects groundbreaking talent in film, TV, and audio to the ecosystem of industry decision-makers, experts, and organizations that support their success. Through Project Market discoveries and acquisitions, innovative Conference programming, and the inaugural partner Expo, Gotham Week gives independent creators critical industry access, resources, and opportunities to grow their network. It provides a unique platform from which groundbreaking careers and projects have launched, celebrating the creativity, boldness, and determination The Gotham is all about.


Ricky D’Ambrose
The Cathedral - Writer/Director
Ricky D'Ambrose is a writer and director in New York City. His second feature, The Cathedral, was produced with support from the Venice Biennale College Cinema and had its world premiere at the 78th Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at Sundance. His short films and first feature, Notes on an Appearance, have screened at festivals internationally, including Berlin, Rotterdam, Vienna, the New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and Jeonju. In 2017, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, as well as one of the decade’s Best New Filmmakers by Richard Brody of the New Yorker magazine. As a critic, he has contributed to The Nation, Filmmaker, n+1, MUBI, and Film Quarterly. He is currently developing his third feature.


Scott Macaulay
Filmmaker Magazine - Editor
Scott Macaulay is the co-founder and Editor-in Chief of Filmmaker, the print magazine and website devoted to independent film published by the Gotham Institution for Film & Media. He is also an active New York-based producer. With Forensic Films, the company he co-founded with Robin O’Hara, he has produced and co-produced many independent features and international co-productions. Among his producing credits are Kitty Green’s The Assistant and Casting JonBenet; Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas; Elisabeth Subrin’s A Woman, A Part; Alice Wu’s Saving Face; Harmony Korine’s Gummo and julien donkey-boy; and Tom Noonan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning What Happened Was…. In 1998 he and O’Hara received a Spirit Award for Independent producing and in 2018 he was awarded the Cinereach Producing Fellowship.

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Date & Time

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

RSVP DEADLINE: September 21, 2022 @ 11:15 AM


Brooklyn Navy Yard - Building 303
399 Sands St
Brooklyn New York 11201


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