Articles Tagged Documentary

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 »

A Loving Riff on Punk Life in Tokyo

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The first time Pamela Valente, 37, set foot in Tokyo, she was instantly swept away. The Brazilian-born filmmaker, who’d been living in France for more than a decade, loved Paris, but longed to return to live in a city where the pace was more frenetic. So in 2003, she up and moved to Tokyo. For… Read more »

The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Film: "Rock and a Heart Place"

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Case Study No. 2 Rock and a Heart Place, produced by Nancy Sabino and Michael Sodano Running time: 80 minutes Film Vitals Logline: Each Christmas, 400 volunteers band together to give the greatest gift: joy to the forgotten of society, the homeless, the seniors and the disabled of their neighborhood. Location: Shot in the metropolitan… Read more »

The Doc Doctor's Anatomy of a Film: "Kiran over Mongolia"

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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 »

"Begging Naked": Nine Years in the Making

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When artist and newbie filmmaker Karen Gehres turned her camera on her friend and fellow painter Elise Hill, she thought she’d capture a few cool stories about Hill’s past as a runaway, a heroin addict, a stripper, and a prostitute—all while learning how to use her shiny new film equipment. Then Hill lost her stripper… Read more »