The assistant professor of communications was invited to evaluate entries in the third annual Budapest International Documentary Festival in Hungary.
Doug Kass, named an assistant professor in the School of Communications last fall, served on the jury panel for the 2016 Budapest International Documentary Festival. The international competition, held in late September, featured creative documentaries from around the world without thematic restriction. The international jury panel evaluated more than 300 entries from 64 countries.
The festival, held at venues throughout Budapest, bills itself as “one of the key sources for audiences in Hungary to access documentary films allowing a glimpse at how the documentary sector is evolving, especially in the international market.” Now in its third year, the festival is Hungary’s first international competition and platform for creative documentaries.
An accomplished filmmaker, with an extensive television and cinematic background, Kass received critical acclaim from The New York Times for his 2013 documentary, “Emptying the Skies.” The film, which won an award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, is based on Jonathan Franzen’s New Yorker article exposing mass bird slaughter in the Mediterranean and the secret war to stop it.
Prior to joining Elon in 2008, Kass spent seven years at Sony Entertainment Television. His work as a writer, producer and director has appeared on Showtime, VH1, CBC, BBC, Nickelodeon and PBS. Additionally, he has been a freelance commercial and short film director for projects ranging from IBM webisodes to a United Way student-athlete campaign.