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Sheila Nevins alert!

June 25, 2008 |  5:17 pm

If you love documentaries as much as I do, you might want to visit the L.A. Film Festival Thursday evening to hear HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins expound on the art of documentary filmmaking. Nobody--not even Michael Moore--has done more to shape the course of docs over the past two decades than Nevins, whose films have won 19 Academy Awards, 20 prime-time Emmys and 28 Peabody Awards. Her most recent hot-button doc was "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," which debuted on HBO earlier this month as part of a summer-long series of Monday-night doc showings on the channel. (To learn more, here's a recent column I did on the subject.)

I mention all this because the event, held at 6 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute, is billed as "A Conversation With Sheila Nevins." And since the LAFF apparently couldn't get a media big shot like Charlie Rose to host, they asked me. I've got a few questions of my own to ask Nevins, but if we have any doc fans (or detractors) out there, I'd love to hear what questions you'd suggest asking Nevins. So don't be shy--fire away. We'll try to make it a lively evening. (The Italian Cultural Institute, by the way, is at 1023 Hilgard Ave., in Westwood Village.)