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MIT TechTV – FoE5: The Futures of Nonfiction Storytelling

MIT TechTV – FoE5: The Futures of Nonfiction Storytelling | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Digital communication has arguably impacted the lives of journalists more than any other media practitioner. But new platforms and ways of circulating content are providing vast new opportunities for journalists and documentarians. How have–and might–nonfiction storytellers incorporate many of the emerging strategies of transmedia storytelling and audience participation from marketing and entertainment, and what experiments are currently underway that are showing the potential paths forward?

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CARTEL SALUTES: Riley Hooper’s FLO | The Non-Fiction Cartel

CARTEL SALUTES: Riley Hooper’s FLO | The Non-Fiction Cartel | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

We’re big fans of Riley Hooper’s work. Her first short documentary, FLO, played at festivals around the country last year and became a NYTimes OpDoc. It’s finally up on Vimeo – where Riley actually works as Content + Community Manager – watch above!

 

I had the chance to chat with Riley recently about new projects, collaborative filmmaking and exciting tends in self-distribution.

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A Brony Tale Documentary Trailer

A Brony Tale Documentary Trailer. Narrated by Ashleigh Ball, the voice of two characters from the hit show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. http://bit.ly...
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Not a Brony, but I am fascinated by what draws this community towards this show. Potentially, it's an interesting look into an unknown world that most of us didn't know existed. 

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The Most Northern Place - Web Documentary

The Most Northern Place - Web Documentary | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The Most Northern Place is a simple but powerful web documentary about a small town in Northern Greenland.

 

It tells of a clash of cultures and a conflict of territory set during the run-up to the Cold War, and the forced relocation of the Inuit population native to the town of Thule by the U.S. Army, circa 1953.

 

The haunting soundtrack, stunning imagery and elegantly simple user experience is quite powerful. 

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I love the way this is put together. I'm trying to emulate this style for personal doc project I've been working on the last few years.

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The Believer - Interview with Mary Harron

The Believer - Interview with Mary Harron | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A 2013 study conducted by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism shows that in the last decade there has been no sustained increase in female directors of independent films shown at the Sundance Film Festival. In Hollywood, it’s worse: of directors of the top box-office films from 2002 to 2012, only 4.4 percent were female. Amid those dismal statistics, director Mary Harron’s perseverance in the industry is an inspiration for female filmmakers, and she is an example of how to endure an artistic life packed with both praise and controversy.
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Scott Macaulay, Editor-in-Chief, Filmmaker Magazine: "The interview reminded me how hard it is to step off the publicity cycle but how you still have to try. It’s so easy to allow the calendar of releases, festivals, conferences to dictate your coverage. But you’re always speaking to people, then, when they’re in publicity mode. They are upbeat and often not too candid. More importantly, you’re letting how you spend your time as a journalist be dictated by publicists and distributors. So much coverage of the independent scene in general, including ours, would be better if we let ourselves step back a bit."

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Errol Morris interview: facing down Donald Rumsfeld - Telegraph

Errol Morris interview: facing down Donald Rumsfeld - Telegraph | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
He has trapped a murderer and prompted Robert McNamara to admit to 'war crimes’. But in Donald Rumsfeld, has documentary-maker Errol Morris finally met his match?
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I loved Fog of War, probably one of the reasons I'm so drawn to the documentary genre, and I'm very excited about Morris' new film. Here's hoping that it is equally as revealing and brilliant.

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Aaron Swartz Documentary to Open Canada's Hot Docs Festival

Aaron Swartz Documentary to Open Canada's Hot Docs Festival | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
TORONTO -- The Sundance tribute film about Internet prodigy and activist Aaron Swartz will open the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.


Brian Knappenberger's film The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, which had its world premiere in January, will open North America's largest documentary festival in Toronto on April 24, 2014, with an international bow.

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SXSW Docs Fall Short in Showcasing Diversity | Mediashift | PBS

SXSW Docs Fall Short in Showcasing Diversity | Mediashift | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Is diversity an afterthought in film fest programming, or is the production pipeline just really skewed toward the same race and class segregation as the rest of society? And is there anything to do about it? The SXSW lineup is only the latest to provoke that thought for me, and it’s AJ Schnack’s gutsy call to harder-edged, more thoughtful discussion in docs that triggers the thought to raise it in public, even though festivals are typically a moment to celebrate achievement.

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Embracing the Asian Side of the Doc

Embracing the Asian Side of the Doc | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In advance of the fifth edition of the documentary market, kicking off in Chengdu, China tomorrow (March 18), realscreen spoke with event CEO Yves Jeanneau about the evolution of the conference, and that of the Asian documentary industry.Read More...
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A brief look at the Asian market for documentary filmmaking.

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The Indie Film World Needs 100 Amanda Palmers

The challenge presented to each indie filmmaker is the same.

 

How do I get my work discovered?

 

Typically, an indie film travels to success with the aid of a small group of usual suspects.  The 2012 version of that trip is laid out in Anne Thompson’s, $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System.

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How Godfrey Reggio Used Gorgeous Black & White 4K on His Film 'Visitors' to Reveal Who We Are « No Film School

How Godfrey Reggio Used Gorgeous Black & White 4K on His Film 'Visitors' to Reveal Who We Are « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Godfrey Reggio, who created the Qatsi Trilogy, is back again with another hypnotic film called Visitors. The film, which is composed of just 74 total shots (but is 87 minutes long) and showed at the Toronto International Film Festival, is currently screening around the country. The Creators Project recently went in-depth with Reggio and others involved in the project, and put together a fantastic BTS video. We’ve also got another great video that takes you behind the scenes of the film, which is presented by Steven Soderbergh.

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Some mesmerizing examples of Godfrey Reggio's newest documentary film, Visitors. Like his previous work, it attempts to engage viewers on a deeper level. I would love to see this in person...

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From Anonymous Cocaine Dealers to a Globetrotting Doc Series: Director Jamie Jessett Checks In « No Film School

From Anonymous Cocaine Dealers to a Globetrotting Doc Series: Director Jamie Jessett Checks In « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

What is a city without its own music scene? Well personally speaking, it’s a place I want to escape from in favour of somewhere less lacking in the essential pulse that provides a locale with its underlying vibrancy. In his ongoing documentary series New Music Cities, created in collaboration with Dazed and AllSaints, director Jamie Jessett takes a counter-cultural look at some of the world’s global music centres. No Film School caught up with Jamie to find out how he’s been tapping into and capturing the diverse musical underground and how he managed to create an engaging documentary about an anonymous drug dealer for UK TV screens.

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The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present

The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Joshua Oppenheimer: My film isn't a snuff movie, it tells one of modern history's most important stories – a genocide where the perpetrators 'won', and continue to live as national heroes
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A powerful documentary that has managed to make an impact on those willing to open themselves to discussion on the topic of the mass murders that devastated Indonesia in the 1950's and 60's.

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Alice Herz Sommer - The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life - Official Trailer - YouTube

http://theladyinnumber6.com The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational stories ever told. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pian...
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Trailer for Academy Award winning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke's 2014 Oscar nominated documentary short, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.

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Lincoln Center's Art of the Real Will Change How You See Documentaries

Lincoln Center's Art of the Real Will Change How You See Documentaries | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Art of the Real is a new two-week documentary showcase programmed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Here's a preview of the lineup, an international selection of films that blur the line between fiction and nonfiction and re-assert the documentary as an art form.
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More consideration on the lines between fiction and nonfiction in documentary and filmmaking in general.

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Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' - Indiewire

Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' - Indiewire | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' Teaches Guerrilla Filmmaking Tactics and the Art of Lock-picking. Werner Herzog. Of the many (we're talking many) wildly entertaining stories about Werner ...
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I really wish I had the money/time to apply for this, maybe one day. The is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of most fascinating filmmakers on the planet.

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Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam

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An ‘Anijam’ is a collaborative animation where various artists create individual short animated segments that are linked together to make one larger film. For the first time in Canadian history, 15 of Canada’s most acclaimed independent animators have come together to create a collaborative animated film. Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam is an innovative and global approach to animation filmmaking and unites animators from coast to coast, from Vancouver to Halifax and all parts in between, to self reflect on one day of their lives using only 4×6 inch yellow sticky notes, a black pen and animation meditation.

 

Each of the animators created their sequence without knowing what the other participants were creating. Starting with a ‘to do’ list written on the day of a memorable event, the animators transitioned from text to imagery by utilizing ‘animation meditation’ to create a visually animated poem representing how their lives were affected by that pivotal day. In the end, the thousands of sticky note drawings are linked together to create a dynamic and inspirational animated film that connects the human spirit while celebrating individual artistic expression with the goal of inspiring future generations of animators. For more information, visitYellowStickyNotesAnijam.com.

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A wonderfully put together animation that uses yellow sticky to-do lists, and significant moments in people's lives, to give a creative and fun storytelling approach. 

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ornana’s Jim Cummings on How To Make a Short Film and Get It Seen | Filmmaker Magazine

ornana’s Jim Cummings on How To Make a Short Film and Get It Seen | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Short films are a peculiar enterprise. They are well regarded as an investment vortex, with nearly zero prospects for return and lots of prospects for expense.
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Now go wash: True/False 2014 and the Unclean Cinema | Sight & Sound

Now go wash: True/False 2014 and the Unclean Cinema | Sight & Sound | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
There is a slash between the ‘T’ and the ‘F’ in the logo for the True/False Film Fest that might as well represent a train of thought running through the documentary world these days, and I’m not just talking about how more filmmakers are blurring the lines between fiction and nonfiction. In the days after the 11th edition of the festival, with filmmaker Jill Godmilow’s much-discussed diatribe against The Act of Killing bouncing around the internet, it became clear to me that the ‘slash mentality’ represented so succinctly by the True/False logo was less about hybridisation than it was a full embrace of what could be called unclean cinema.
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Robert Greene: "The line between adventurous formal innovation and a solid ethical approach (along with an understanding that viewers are evolving and should be pushed further to understand the fabricated aspects of nonfiction) is maybe the most important thing to consider in documentary filmmaking today."

A look at the T/F Film Fest and the ongoing discussion of ethics versus aesthetics in the documentary genre. 

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A Documentary Looks at the Photographer Vivian Maier

A Documentary Looks at the Photographer Vivian Maier | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Vivian Maier, the subject of the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier,” was a first-class shooter and world-class pack rat whose gift went unrecognized in her lifetime.
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'The Great Invisible'— Interview With Director Margaret Brown

'The Great Invisible'— Interview With Director Margaret Brown | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

When Deepwater Horizon, the Transocean-owned, BP-operated oil drilling rig, exploded 50 miles off the Louisiana coast on April 20, 2010, killing 11 crew members before sinking into the Gulf of Mexico two days later, making a documentary about what would become the largest accidental oil spill in U.S. history was not on Margaret Brown’s radar.

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The film won SXSW film festival’s grand jury prize for best documentary feature, which was announced last night.

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Documentary Filmmakers Debate One of Their Own | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

Documentary Filmmakers Debate One of Their Own | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Filmmakers are arguing over The Act of Killing -- Is it brilliant storytelling or irresponsible filmmaking? -- but there's more going on here.

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A look at the debate over the film The Act of Killing and more broadly, the subject of truth versus storytelling. We're increasingly seeing more and more documentary films that play with form in their storytelling approach. Whether this is a profound shift in the paradigm of the documentary genre, or an attempt to break the storytelling mold, it's a subject that I think needs more discussion amongst those who consider themselves to be a part of the documentary vanguard.

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Nailing the Score of the Art Forger Documentary Art and Craft | Filmmaker Magazine

Nailing the Score of the Art Forger Documentary Art and Craft | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Art and Craft follows prolific art forger Mark Landis just at the moment his elaborate 30-year con is exposed. What follows is a guest blog by filmmakers Sam
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Want to Launch a Social Impact Doc? This is Why You Need an App for That.

Want to Launch a Social Impact Doc? This is Why You Need an App for That. | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
With "Look Up!" a short documentary intended to raise awareness about climate manipulation, geoengineering and their health and environmental impacts, director George Barnes created a mobile app to spur audiences to action.
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An excellent example of using social media as an integrated part of your documentary and a way to engage viewers and community members with your social issue in mind.

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Alain Resnais, Acclaimed French Filmmaker, Is Dead at 91

Alain Resnais, Acclaimed French Filmmaker, Is Dead at 91 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Mr. Resnais helped introduce literary modernism to the movies and became an international art-house star with nonlinear narrative films like “Hiroshima Mon Amour.”
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We are Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Joshua Oppenheimer, who have collaborated together on the documentary film The Act of Killing, ask us your questions. : movies

We are Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Joshua Oppenheimer, who have collaborated together on the documentary film The Act of Killing, ask us your questions. : movies | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Hi reddit. We are filmmakers Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Joshua Oppenheimer, who have collaborated together on the Oscar® Nominated film for Best Documentary THE ACT OF KILLING. Ask us your questions.

Verification: http://imgur.com/WmpwBZ4http://imgur.com/slLmo2uhttp://imgur.com/aUUKwNzhttps://twitter.com/drafthousefilms/status/437660410368376832

You can watch the film right here: www.actofkilling.com

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Amazing Reddit discussion on the documentary The Act of Killing with three exceptional doc filmmakers.

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