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Tue, Jul 16



Alex Gibney in Conversation with TNM Founder Shari Foos

Join a virtual conversation with documentarian Alex Gibney on the art and impact of storytelling through film. After the interview, audience members will be invited to participate in a TNM experience of creative writing to prompts and group conversation!

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Alex Gibney in Conversation with TNM Founder Shari Foos
Alex Gibney in Conversation with TNM Founder Shari Foos

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Jul 16, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT


About the Event

About Alex Gibney:

Director Alex Gibney, called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine, has a signature cinematic style that lends itself to penetrating, gripping and deeply insightful documentaries. His work has been the recipient of an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award and The Writers Guild Awards.

Gibney's 2020 releases included: the well-received Crazy, Not Insane, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Agents of Chaos, a two-part documentary about Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections (both for HBO), and Totally Under Control, a searing look at the administration’s failure to contain the COVID 19 pandemic, released theatrically by Neon. In 2021, he directed the HBO and HBO Max two-part documentary, The Crime of the Century, which explored the origins, extent, and fallout of one of the most devastating public health tragedies of our time, the opioid crisis. His most recent release is the Emmy-winning HBO and HBO Max documentary, The Forever Prisoner, which explored the chilling story of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee subjected to the CIA’s program of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs), later identified as torture by those outside the agency. In 2022, Gibney's 2-part feature documentary, Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and is available now on Apple TV+. Gibney’s most recent feature documentary, In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2023, and is available on MGM+.

Those who join in TNM online sessions should familiarize themselves with our participation disclaimer and agreement at

How It Works (1-hour Sessions):


  • A TNM facilitator sets up the session, including group agreements and the TNM Core Concept of the week.


  • The facilitator shares a photo and the first prompt. You're invited to use prompts as a starting point and take them anywhere your imagination leads in any style, any voice. The only parameter is to keep it to 1 page or 500 words.
  • Next, you'll get a second prompt to weave into your piece and tie it all together.


  • After the writing, you are randomly assigned to small breakout groups with other participants.
  • Everyone takes turns reading their piece without stopping for conversation or feedback. Simple acknowledgments such as "Thank you for sharing." are welcome. While each person shares, focus on witnessing without judgment.
  • After everyone has shared, feel free to discuss your process, the TNM Core Concept and prompt or share about something else that's going on with you that may be relevant to the TNM experience. Speak for yourself only and refrain from giving advice or asking probing questions.
  • NOTE: If someone in your group shares something deeply personal and may be in distress, please ask them if they are okay in this moment and don't hesitate to send a direct message to the TNM facilitator.


  • In the final minutes, the group comes together to share their thoughts about their experience, answer questions, go deeper and have fun!

Salon Guidelines:


Remain aware and conscientious of your choice of words and tone. Please do not ask personal questions or give advice. Hate speech or hurtful behavior, regardless of the context will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate removal from the session.


Confidentiality is essential. What is said in the group must stay here. We do not record these sessions and will not tolerate any recording, transcribing, repeating others' stories or otherwise infringing on the rights and privacy of others.


To ensure that everyone feels comfortable sharing their stories and their feelings, we require everyone to have their cameras on during sessions, except while writing. If you do not comply you will be removed from the session.


When listening to others' stories, put yourself aside so you can hear others from their perspective, without your own assumptions getting in the way. Your job is only to witness each other with appreciation.

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