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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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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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Docutopia: Deconstructing Protest

Docutopia: Deconstructing Protest | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

“How do you film a revolution?” That was the question that Docutopia asked in its 2nd ever column on June 6, 2012. Now, more than 18 months later, we’ve seen dozens of answers, from last fall’s 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Movie to the recent Sundance entrant We Are the Giant to Jehane Noujiam’s Oscar nominee The Square.

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Stop Expecting Documentaries To Be Everything - Nonfics

Stop Expecting Documentaries To Be Everything - Nonfics | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Jehane Noujaim has responded to recent criticisms of her Oscar-nominated documentary 'The Square' by falling back on the "it's not journalism" defense. But how are people to know when a doc is meant to be journalism or not? Should they stop having such expectations or do we need new classifications of nonfiction films?
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11th Annual Tribeca All Access Program Announces 10 New Projects to Receive $150,000

11th Annual Tribeca All Access Program Announces 10 New Projects to Receive $150,000 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Tribeca Film Institute just announced the grant-winning film projects of the 11th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. Ten projects were chosen (of the 620 submissions), each to receive $15,000 in grants as well as access to year-round support and resources to help filmmakers complete their works.
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Watch: Contender Conversation with Penn & Teller, Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Joshua Oppenheimer on their Documentaries

Watch: Contender Conversation with Penn & Teller, Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Joshua Oppenheimer on their Documentaries | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
It was a great year for documentary film, and Indiewire was fortunate enough to catch up with three directors who brought exceptional stories to the screen this past year.
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Docutopia: Boyhood—Rich Hill and 12 O’Clock Boys | SUNDANCE NOW

Docutopia: Boyhood—Rich Hill and 12 O’Clock Boys | SUNDANCE NOW | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The rural poverty of Rich Hill, Missouri and the urban blight of Baltimore, Maryland seem like worlds away from each other. But Rich Hill, the recent winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2014, and 12 O’Clock Boys, a festival favorite that’s opening in theaters this Friday, have some striking similarities. Not only do both films focus on teenage boys—who are poor, aimless and reckless—but the filmmakers’ stylistic approaches are also analogous, as they attempt to ride a delicate line between romanticizing and understanding the lives of disenfranchised young Americans.

 
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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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A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About « No Film School

A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About http://t.co/GMJ8LTrBrd #financing #filmmaking
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Unknown Spring

Unknown Spring | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
An anthology project that bears witness to the ongoing recovery of Tohoku.
東北地方復興の記録をつづるアンソロジー・プロジェクト
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"Unknown Spring tells the story of the devastation left in the wake of the of the Pacific tsunami that hit coastal Japan. The project was initially developed during a POV Digital Hackathon.

 

The interactive documentary is beautiful and features different immersive tools to explore the story. It includes HTML5 video, photos, audio recordings and Jack Price's text descriptions and impressions."

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Unknown Spring tells the story of the great damage caused by the tsunami that hit coastal Japan. 

 

It's an interactive documentary using a multitude of digital tools (video; audio; HTML5; photos, etc.) to explore the story of devastation and survival. It's a beautiful and powerful testimony of the power of nature and the resilience of people.

 

 

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NFS Talks Shooting in War Zones with Ford Sypher (& Stops for Lunch at William S. Burroughs' House) « No Film School

NFS Talks Shooting in War Zones with Ford Sypher (& Stops for Lunch at William S. Burroughs' House) « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Recently, No Film School accompanied former Army Ranger and current activist, consultant, and filmmaker Ford Sypher, along with a small crew, on a 19-hour drive (through what could be described, charitably, as ‘inclement weather,’ or, less charitably, as a hellish and terrifying ice storm) from NYC to Lawrence, Kansas. Sypher is in preproduction on a documentary shooting later this year in the Upper Yagua in Peru, a region currently experiencing an unprecedented boom in coca production, making it one of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world. In Kansas, Sypher and crew interviewed Bartholomew Dean, a renowned anthropologist and professor at the University Of Kansas, and also paid a visit to the William S. Burroughs house, where the iconic writer spent the last two decades of his life.

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Interesting interview with Ford Sypher on journalistic reporting in conflict zones.

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When Will the Women of the Documentary World Get Their Due? | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

When Will the Women of the Documentary World Get Their Due? | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Of the Oscar-nominated documentaries this year, only one is directed by a woman (Jehane Noujaim, of The Square).
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A look at women filmmakers & producers and their representation in the non-fiction categories at the Academy Awards.

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