Articles Tagged Documentary

The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Film: "The Longing"

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About this new column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their… Read more »

The Peabody Award Winners: Watch Trailers and Clips

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The full list of 2007 George Foster Peabody Award winners was released on April 2. The winners include films such as Taxi to the Dark Side and To Die in Jerusalem, as well as popular television programs such as Dexter, 30 Rock, and Project Runway. The awards have been handed out to broadcasters every year… Read more »

Alex Karpovsky's "Woodpecker": The Perfect "Ficumentary"?

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Filmmaker Alex Karpovsky is sure to leave reviewers scrambling for a dictionary in an attempt to define the hybrid genre of his latest film, Woodpecker. His style expands on the distinct technique of his first feature, The Hole Story, which earned him a spot in Filmmaker magazine’s 2006 “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and… Read more »

Watch Clips from the Oscar-winning Docs, Shorts, and Animated Shorts

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE No End in Sight (Magnolia Pictures) A Representational Pictures Production Filmmakers: Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs The story: Former Bush administration officials drop a film’s worth of dimes on their former bosses, outlining what went wrong in Iraq. To learn more, click here. To watch the trailer, click here. Operation Homecoming: Writing… Read more »

The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Film: "51 Birch Street"

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About this new column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their… Read more »

Writing a Companion Book to Your Film

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An examination of how the Iraq War went so wrong, Charles H. Ferguson’s documentary No End In Sight is by turns forensic and surreal, a synthesis of devastating facts, damning archival footage, and poignant interviews with well-placed Iraqis and Americans who tried in vein to keep catastrophe at bay. It’s an unusually ambitious film for… Read more »

The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Successful Film: "Divan"

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About this new column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their… Read more »

Taking an Abstract Idea and Creating a Narrative

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King Corn is a slightly apocalyptic documentary that explores where we come from—or where our food comes from, at the very least. By interweaving a filmmaker-as-subject story of two guys, a cornfield, and some ammonia fertilizer with disparate elements, the film expertly tackles the complicated overarching issues related to farming subsidies in the United States…. Read more »