Articles Tagged Documentary

Film-Friendly State: Shooting in Michigan

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From New Mexico to Massachusetts, from Michigan to California, state and local governments are luring film-production business by passing increasingly competitive tax-incentive policies. Michigan recently joined the party in April 2008, with an unprecedented 42 percent return. Getting money back is crucial, but it’s not the only reason to choose a destination for your shoot… Read more »

Sustaining Big Projects through Small Gigs

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A machine’s dial turns, and a white powder is added to a spinning beaker of water as a woman’s voice overhead talks about toothpaste and animal testing. It looks like a documentary you might find on PBS, but instead, it’s a commercial for Tom’s of Maine. Producer Gita Pullapilly and Director Aron Gaudet, of Dungby… Read more »

How to Film Abroad: An Interview with David E. Simpson

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The modern filmmaker has no fear of flying. From the blue whales of the Galapagos to the Bhangra dancers of Punjab, it seems there’s nowhere a camera can’t go. But what do you need to know to film overseas, and how is it different? The Independent caught up with producer, director, and editor David E…. Read more »

Filmmaker Q&A: "Con Artist" Director, Michael Sládek

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Brooklyn-based filmmaker Michael Sládek directed and produced, as well as shot and co-edited the film Con Artist. The riveting, hilarious portrait of ’80s art star Mark Kostabi, whose addiction to fame hit its extreme with his kitschy public access TV show Title This, where contestants vie for the chance to title his paintings. Con Artist… Read more »

Doc Doctor's Story Strategies: No Conflict, No Film?

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Introducing….Story Strategies: Debunking the Myths of Storytelling In this age of instant messages, blogs, and Twitter, information travels fast. So does misinformation. That’s why the Independent is thrilled to introduce yet another remedy from longtime contributor Fernanda Rossi, aka the Documentary Doctor. Her new column, “Story Strategies: Debunking the Myths of Storytelling” will do exactly… Read more »

Beg, Borrow, or Steal? Deciphering Fair Use for Filmmakers

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David Van Taylor first engaged questions of Fair Use when he was working on his film Dream Deceivers in 1990, a documentary that explored the lawsuit filed against the heavy-metal band Judas Priest by the family of James Vance, a teenager who tried to commit suicide after smoking marijuana and listening to the group’s lyrics…. Read more »

After the Oscar: An Interview with Cynthia Wade

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As a sophomore at Smith College, Cynthia Wade found herself witness to a small scandal: a friend discovered she was pregnant and decided leave college, marry her boyfriend and have her child, going against the feminist attitude many of her classmates held. So, in true documentarian form, Wade’s first instinct was to get it on… Read more »