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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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Jane Mayer: How Far Did PBS Go to Avoid Offending a Sponsor?

Jane Mayer: How Far Did PBS Go to Avoid Offending a Sponsor? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
PBS has long been a political target of conservatives, who have accused it of having a liberal bias.
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Journalistic integrity in a time when public broadcasting is being redefined because of intense funding pressures. How do we define public television in today's current financial landscape?

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The 'linear turn' in i-docs - a provocation

The 'linear turn' in i-docs - a provocation | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

"I have just returned from delivering a workshop on i-docs at the Freiburger Film Forum, alongside Florian Thalhofer, inventor of the Korsakow system.

 

It was great to see Florian again and our respective talks sparked a lively discussion between us on the evolution of interactive documentaries. As two of the pioneers in the field – Florian having invented Korsakow over fifteen years ago and me having completed my PhD thesis on interactive multimedia in 2003 – we both had a lot to say on the current state of play with i-docs and on the possibility of  a ‘linear turn’.

 

I provide here the key points that we discussed, as a provocation for further discussion and debate."

 

by Judith Aston for i-Docs


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mirmilla's curator insight, May 19, 2013 9:40 AM

The linear storytelling has once again become a dominant model at the expense of alternative and experimental forms? 

The recent works as Alma or Operation Ajax betray in some ways the innovations introduced by experimentation or act for one of many possible ways?

A reflection that I believe will find answers just in the march of time...

Julieta Romero's comment, May 20, 2013 5:53 PM
I believe we cannot betray story either! I answered back with a questione someone once made: is non-linearity killing story?
mirmilla's comment, May 21, 2013 1:53 AM
A good question! I think no, non-linearity allows the story to be' perceived in different way, but the magic still remains.
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7 Tips For Navigating Conflicts in Documentary Filmmaking From Independent Film Week 2012

7 Tips For Navigating Conflicts in Documentary Filmmaking From Independent Film Week 2012 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Independent Film Week is currently underway in New York City, and the "Filmmaking in Conflict" panel discussion held Thursday incited an engaging conversation about the trials of documentary filmmaking in the modern age.
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Society Vernacular | Living Theater: A Conversation With D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus

Society Vernacular | Living Theater: A Conversation With D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

With a lineup of over 200 documentaries at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, it’s hard to fathom a time when the act of capturing reality was not possible. And yet, just over 50 years ago when D.A. Pennebaker began his work, there was no such thing as a documentary genre to speak of. Up until that point the act of capturing reality was reserved for mediums like news broadcasts or educational films, force-fed to teens in an effort to warn them against the dangers of sex, drugs, poor hygiene and other threats to American values. But even these non-fiction films, like any other Hollywood product of the day, required deliberate planning and set up, which didn’t exactly lend itself to the spontaneous nature of reality-proper.

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The StoryCode Ten: Questions for Loc Dao and Hugues Sweeney

The StoryCode Ten: Questions for Loc Dao and Hugues Sweeney | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The National Film Board of Canada is one of world's the leading producers of immersive and cross-media documentaries. Loc Dao and Hugues Sweeney give an in-depth look into the process behind their award-winning projects A Journal of Insomnia and Bear 71 and discuss the past and future of the NFB as well as its role in the global media ecosystem.

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This Is Localore - a documentary about the project for a new 21st-century Public Media

"Step behind the scenes with the producers of Localore, a public media production by AIR (airmedia.org). See how twelve intrepid makers led year-long multimedia project at 10 radio and TV stations across the country—reaching and involving a broad swath of communities via broadcast, digital and street media. Localore is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at Localore.net"

 

 


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mirmilla's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:30 AM

A truly innovative project. Public radio and television stations will no longer be the same after this brilliant collaboration with the local area ...at least in the U.S.A..

Hope this will be an inspiration for many other reality.

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5 Blow-Your-Mind Moments from TFI Interactive Day 2013 | Tribeca

5 Blow-Your-Mind Moments from TFI Interactive Day 2013 | Tribeca | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Some of our foremost innovators share their tips – and catchphrases – for a changing digital world.

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10 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know From John Sloss's Hot Docs Master Class

10 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know From John Sloss's Hot Docs Master Class | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Few folks in the independent film industry are more qualified to teach a master class on rights management and film distribution than John Sloss.
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interDOC: the first spanish project and platform for the analysis of the interactive documentary - i-Docs

interDOC: the first spanish project and platform for the analysis of the interactive documentary - i-Docs | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

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Canada's NFB to Launch Global Documentary Platform

Canada's NFB to Launch Global Documentary Platform | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
TORONTO -- Canada's National Film Board is in talks with potential partners for a global, multiplatform service dedicated to documentary film and content, NFB topper Tom Perlmutter told Variety in ...
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I'm excited to see how this will launch, knowing the kind of quality that comes out of the NFB.

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Landmark: Photography and our changing environment | At the Interface

Landmark: Photography and our changing environment | At the Interface | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Can photography impact the way that we view our environment? Part art and part document, does this medium have the capacity to really change our minds? This question, which has a semi-permanent place in the back of my mind, rose to the surface most recently at Landmark: the Fields of Photography, an exhibition that brings together a diverse range of photographers to show the brazen, and sometimes beautiful, reality of our impact on the environment.

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Why Documentary Profiles Should Have Had Their Own Section at Tribeca

Why Documentary Profiles Should Have Had Their Own Section at Tribeca | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Why not give the documentary profiles their own space to shine?
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A look at some of the great films in this year's festival.

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Here come the girls: A new documentary follows nine girls around the world in their quest to get schooling

Here come the girls: A new documentary follows nine girls around the world in their quest to get schooling | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
You might not have heard of Yasmin, Amina, Senna, Suma, Azmera, Sokha, Wadley, Ruksana and Mariama, but it’s likely that you’re aware of the women who narrate their stories: Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys,...
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The Nth screen: technology that brings us together in the real world - i-Docs

The Nth screen: technology that brings us together in the real world - i-Docs | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Developed by Tim Kindberg and Charlotte Crofts, with ‘pump priming’ funding from REACT, the Nth screen works by turning a group of phones and tablets int...

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mirmilla's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:52 PM

A promising technology. 

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How Tom Perlmutter turned the NFB into a global new-media player

The National Film Board chairman’s digital strategy helped bring a fading institution into the 21st century
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The “360 Equation”: The One Business Model Every Filmmaker Needs To Know

The “360 Equation”: The One Business Model Every Filmmaker Needs To Know | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

One thing is clear. For independent cinema to grow and thrive, it needs to find a more sustainable business model. And while there’s been a lot of hype around new forms of “alternative” (or “direct”) distribution, few people have an answer to the sixty-four thousand dollar question: “How does this new approach to distribution make me more money than the older more “traditional” approach?”

Akin to the old catch-phrase “Where’s the beef?”, today smart filmmakers are asking “Where’s the business model?”

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HOT DOCS 2013: Is This A New Golden Age? – Hammer to Nail

HOT DOCS 2013: Is This A New Golden Age? – Hammer to Nail | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Maybe there’s a debate going on about whether we are, in fact, in the midst of a “documentary renaissance,” but the answer seemed self-evident at the 20th annual Hot Docs, that sprawling all-nonfiction festival that serves as a deliberately inclusive snapshot of current documentary culture. Among the many, many (perhaps too many?) titles, viewers could find social issue examinations, subculture portraits, character studies, or whatever style of documentary that excited them. It was all there. Quantity doesn’t equal a renaissance, of course, but for those looking for bold, formally inventive cinema, Hot Docs had plenty of that, too.

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Aesthetics versus truth: DW Akademie examines ethics of retouching: Digital Photography Review

Aesthetics versus truth: DW Akademie examines ethics of retouching: Digital Photography Review | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
How do you balance the demands of aesthetics and documentary truth? DW Akadamie has published a feature examining the challenges faced by photojournalists and picture editors in creating attractive and atmospheric images, without compromising their authenticity. 
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Is Direct Distribution the Future for Indie Film? Notes From A2E at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

Is Direct Distribution the Future for Indie Film? Notes From A2E at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The mood at the San Francisco International Film Festival's inaugural A2E: Artist to Entrepreneur direct distribution labs this past weekend might have been described as buoyantly apocalyptic.
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Seven Reasons to Love Hot Docs | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

Seven Reasons to Love Hot Docs | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Doc Soup Man Tom Roston reveals his favorite aspects of the 2013 Hot Docs Documentary Festival in Toronto, Canada.
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NAB 2013: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (05:41) | NewsShooter

Posted by Matthew Allard on April 8, 2013 • 

  

"Matthew Allard talks to Blackmagic about the brand new, just announced Production Camera 4K."

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B-Roll Cloud - A Place To Share B-Roll launches

Rain City Cinema announced today that it has launched the website brollcloud.com a place where filmmakers can share b-roll footage, network, and receive recognition for their work. Its creator, Paul Gorman believes it will revolutionize filmmaking.
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Great idea!

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Reelhouse Paves the Way for the Future of Self-Distribution - nofilmschool

Reelhouse Paves the Way for the Future of Self-Distribution - nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Each new day that passes it seems the world of distribution for filmmakers is being turned on its head. With so many new content destinations popping up all the time, it’s hard to know what’s what. Reelhouse is a company who seems to be breaking through the mold, as a recent partnership with Sundance would suggest.

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The dark side of docs: Are poorer times ahead for Canadian documentary producers?

The dark side of docs: Are poorer times ahead for Canadian documentary producers? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Documentary production in Canada has dropped 21 per cent in five years, spurred in large part by dwindling interest from broadcasters
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Hot Docs turns twenty

Hot Docs turns twenty | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Hot Docs is THE doc fest in North America - how can it improve on twenty years of amazing work?
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A look back at the history of Hot Docs and some take away thoughts about its future.

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