Doc Soup Man labels "The New Doc Vague" to a recent movement of documentary films that heavily rely on impressionistic representations of life.
"First, I have to note that I love the way documentaries are not just talking heads and that aesthetics in documentaries have become so innovative and exciting. Documentary filmmakers consider themselves formal filmmakers first, more than ever. And I revel in the grey area between fiction and nonfiction, and how reality is such a slippery slope, thanks, in part, to our overmediated age.
This has all led to what one could call Verite Impressionism, or, if you’ll allow me to be cute, The New Doc Vague. When Dunne says the word “immersive,” that’s code for putting primacy on a stimulation of the senses through imagery (and sound, editing, etc.) over the actual documentation of reality. The facts might be vague, but the feelings are not."