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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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Tom Roston’s Top 10 Documentaries of 2013 | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

Tom Roston’s Top 10 Documentaries of 2013 | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Find out what films made it to the top of Doc Soup Man's list this year! These films pushed the boundaries of the form and helped take documentary storytelling to a whole new level.
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The Summit looks like another interesting, gorgeously shot and edited, attempt to play with documentary form with re-enactment as their storytelling device. 

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15 Unseen Powerful Documentary Photography Stories - 121Clicks.com

15 Unseen Powerful Documentary Photography Stories - 121Clicks.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Documenting people and the stories beyond the ordinary is one of the fascinating and daunting task in terms of Photojournalism. The Lives of those affected
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Some incredible examples of documentary photography going on around the globe.

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Critic’s Picks: The Top 10 Documentaries Released in 2013 According to Indiewire's Film Critic

Critic’s Picks: The Top 10 Documentaries Released in 2013 According to Indiewire's Film Critic | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In the 21st century, what constitutes serious documentary filmmaking? Try these films for starters.
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Web Documentaries – A #docchat Recap | POV Blog

Web Documentaries – A #docchat Recap | POV Blog | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A recap of POV's #docchat conversation from December 3, 2013 with invited guests from the web documentary world.

Via mirmilla
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Great feedback from Elaine McMillion and others on first-time experiences for creating interactive documentaries. 

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LandofOpportunity Interactive Platform - Beta

LandofOpportunity Interactive Platform - Beta | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
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LandofOpportunity is an expérimental web platform that explores post-crisis community (re)building in America. This innovative platform merges compelling multimedia storytelling with curated data, research, and calls to action in one collaborative interactive space.

 

Users can explore and dive deep into layered narratives that connect the dots between the people and processes that are shaping the past, present, and future of our community landscapes. Partners can create and curate their own layered stories and deploy them to increase engagement and effect change locally and nationally.

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A Curated Collection of Innovative Documentaries: The MIT Docubase

A Curated Collection of Innovative Documentaries: The MIT Docubase | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The open documentary lab


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An amazing resource for the doc filmmaking community. Huge thanks to @RobinGood for his great find and curation:

Docubase is a project of the MIT Open Documentary Lab that aims to create a collaborative, participatory community around a growing collection of innovative documentaries curated by experts and outsiders alike.

 

Documentaries can be searched and sorted easily in a number of ways (most recent, most viewed, alphabetical order / or as a list rather than a mosaic). The interface is slick, colorful and simple to use.

 

More than 140 documentaries are already available and a selected group of curators has put together a number of publicly available playlists designed aroound key themes connecting these clips. 

 

Playlists: http://docubase.upian.com/playlist/ ;

 

The curators: http://docubase.upian.com/curator/ ;

 

A fantastic resource for documentary lovers and a great example of how in an open and participatory project, curation can play a fundamental role.

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://docubase.upian.com/ ;

 

More info: http://docubase.upian.com/about/ ;

 

Suggest projects to be included: http://docubase.upian.com/contact/ ;

 

Read more about it: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/docubase_conversation ;

 

#mitdocubase

 

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 Docubase is a project of the MIT Open Documentary Lab that aims to create a collaborative, participatory community around a growing collection of innovative documentaries curated by experts and outsiders alike.

 

Documentaries can be searched and sorted easily in a number of ways (most recent, most viewed, alphabetical order / or as a list rather than a mosaic). The interface is slick, colorful and simple to use.

 

More than 140 documentaries are already available and a selected group of curators has put together a number of publicly available playlists designed aroound key themes connecting these clips. 

 

Playlists: http://docubase.upian.com/playlist/ 

 

The curators: http://docubase.upian.com/curator/ 

 

A fantastic resource for documentary lovers and a great example of how in an open and participatory project, curation can play a fundamental role.

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://docubase.upian.com/ 

 

More info: http://docubase.upian.com/about/ 

 

Suggest projects to be included: http://docubase.upian.com/contact/ 

 

Read more about it: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/docubase_conversation 

 

#mitdocubase

 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:13 AM

Great one.

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, December 8, 2013 2:41 AM

Incredible documentaries... something for everyone...!

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Chicken & Egg Gives Out $220,000 to 23 Docs Directed by Women; Kim Longinotto, Lucy Walker and Dawn Porter Among Grantees

Chicken & Egg Gives Out $220,000 to 23 Docs Directed by Women; Kim Longinotto, Lucy Walker and Dawn Porter Among Grantees | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Chicken + Egg Pictures, the film fund that supports documentaries directed by women, has announced the grantees from its 2013 open call.
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Lots of interesting projects being funded by the coveted doc fund for women filmmakers!
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15 Documentaries To Watch Out For This Year

15 Documentaries To Watch Out For This Year | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
It's that time of year again, when documentarians flock to New York City with film reels in tow to wow audiences with some of the industry's best non-fictional works of art.
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Finding Vivian Maier is a very intriguing story with the gorgeous photography of Chicago street life. 

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i-Docs 2014: Call for Participation extended! - i-Docs

i-Docs 2014: Call for Participation extended! - i-Docs | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Our call for participation now has an extended deadline of Monday 25 November. We’re really looking forward to hearing your ideas and remember, alternative formats are very welcome!

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i-Docs's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:53 AM

Our call for participation now has an extended deadline of Monday 25 November. We’re really looking forward to hearing your ideas and remember, alternative formats are very welcome!

 

If you have any questions, email us at idocs2014@gmail.com and if you haven’t already, download the full details for the call here...

mirmilla's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:21 AM

Get involved!

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Is a Filmmaker’s Personal Life Relevant to a Film? Another Look at ‘Blood Brother’ | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

Is a Filmmaker’s Personal Life Relevant to a Film? Another Look at ‘Blood Brother’ | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Most industry folks try to judge a film purely by what happens between the opening and closing credits -- directors would certainly prefer things that way -- but that's an ideal. Sometimes, we have to look outside the frame.
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Interview with 'Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room' Producer Susan Motamed (Watch Her New Film Free!) « nofilmschool

Interview with 'Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room' Producer Susan Motamed (Watch Her New Film Free!) « nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Can you imagine filming moments of a stranger’s life for years on end? From Hoop Dreams toThe Up Series, filmmakers occasionally piece together remarkable stories from this kind of unparalleled documentation. Are they brave, genius, or completely mad? Susan Motamed, who has worked with filmmakers from Alex Gibney to Martin Scorsese, and produced a slew of docs including Oscar Nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, answers with her experiences on filming this way with Girl, Adopted — which is currently streaming for free.

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Documentary Film Workshop Instructor | Sattya Media Arts Collective

Documentary Film Workshop Instructor | Sattya Media Arts Collective | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Sattya Media Arts Collective, based in Kathmandu, is seeking a qualified documentary instructor to teach a 3-month long workshop for a small group of emerging Nepali filmmakers that will result in the students producing short, compelling documentaries. The project is a collaboration between Sattya and Steps International, and the films that result from the workshop will be part of Steps International’s Why Poverty? series, as well as be shown throughout Kathmandu as part of Sattya’s Bato Ko Cinema program.

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Amazing opportunity for documentary filmmakers to help instruct emerging filmmakers and contribute to the amazing series Why Poverty? Deadline is October 30th, with a decision needed by November 10th if accepted.

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CNN drops Clinton documentary, filmmaker cites pressure - Reuters

CNN drops Clinton documentary, filmmaker cites pressure - Reuters | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Two television projects focused on Hillary Clinton got the axe on Monday after the programs became embroiled in partisan wrangling, including threats by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to boycott presidential debates sponsored by CNN and NBC.

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DOC Institute

DOC Institute | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The DOC Institute is an initiative of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Toronto Chapter. After several vital Canadian programs for filmmakers closed their doors, we felt something was missing for the community and for our careers. We’ve stepped up to fill the gap by strengthening our hub and expanding and formalizing our professional development offering.

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Very interesting news coming from DOC yesterday in the unveiling of The DOC Institute. I'm excited to see what kind of developments will be made with this program and the Canadian doc filmmaking community that surrounds it.

More here: "The DOC Institute develops and leads programs to help documentary-makers succeed at every stage of their careers. Offering creative inspiration and insider advice, we’re a hub for the non-fiction community. At the DOC Institute, professionals of every job description, career level, and non-fiction style learn real world business skills, hone their craft and make industry connections."

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The year in documentaries: 2013 was about playing with form

The year in documentaries: 2013 was about playing with form | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Talking heads and statistics weren’t enough in 2013, as the year’s best docs demonstrate.
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Lots of great documentaries this past year with interesting approaches and methods to telling their story.

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Stillmotion Launches Trailer for Their First Indie Feature Doc, Plus Exclusive BTS Video Premiere « No Film School

Stillmotion Launches Trailer for Their First Indie Feature Doc, Plus Exclusive BTS Video Premiere « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

#standwithme isn’t your typical “issue documentary.” It started as a short doc about a young girl named Vivienne, who, upon seeing a photograph of two enslaved Nepalese boys, decided to do something in the only way she knew how, by selling lemonade one glass at a time. The documentary quickly grew into a full-fledged feature. Vivienne’s story lead to another one, the story of a photographer whose life is dedicated to creating awareness about modern slavery through the art of photography. The story then grew into a first hand look at fair trade practices and how people can get involved.

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A great cause and an interesting approach to their distribution/marketing strategy in combining film workshops with screenings in targeted markets across the US.

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The Passage Chronicles

The Passage Chronicles | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

THE PASSAGE CHRONICLES is an interactive web documentary that reveals intimate stories of female migrants from around the world. What made her seek a new world? What became of her old world? Who is she now? What is the meaning of home to her?

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THE PASSAGE CHRONICLES is expanding and looking for participants.  Please contact thepassagech@gmail.com for more information.  

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i-Docs's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:35 AM

The Passage Chronicles is expanding and looking for more participants, contant thepassagech@gmail.com for more info.

Eva Dominguez's curator insight, December 9, 2013 6:34 AM

Student's Project

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The State of Docs in the United States – Point of View Magazine

The State of Docs in the United States – Point of View Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, which entered the lexicon in the late 2000s, are now the default positions for the indie community, with Kickstarter and Indiegogo leading the charge, having successfully funded tens of thousands of film projects between them over the past six years. Seed&Spark upped the crowdfunding/crowdsourcing ante with its launch this year, providing a context not only for fundraising, but also for digital distribution. These platforms have empowered the filmmaking community to forge a cost-effective and cost-efficient covenant with supporters and audiences.

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A look at the current documentary filmmaking landscape in the United States.

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Are Graphics and Animation Revolutionizing Documentaries?

Are Graphics and Animation Revolutionizing Documentaries? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Documentary filmmakers are experimenting with animation and graphics and using them not only to fill in gaps in the story and convey information, but also as an aesthetic choice.
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Loving the use of animation in documentaries! Waltz with Bashir is a great example. I can only hope that more filmmakers start to make use of similar creative aesthetics in their use of documentary storytelling. 

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mirmilla's curator insight, November 30, 2013 6:32 AM

I agree with Justin... animation lets making documentaries with added value.

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Oscars: The 15 Documentaries Most Likely to Make the Shortlist

Oscars: The 15 Documentaries Most Likely to Make the Shortlist | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The members of the Academy's documentary branch have been asked to consider the merits of 151 doc features this year -- an impossible task -- and by Friday they must vote to determine which 15 of them will make the shortlist from which the five...
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DOC NYC 2013 Videos

DOC NYC 2013 Videos | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Videos of events from the 2013 DOC NYC documentary film festival.
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All the Q&A sessions from DOC NYC, New York's Documentary Festival, takeing place Nov. 14 - 21, 2013.

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How Do We Measure the Impact of Documentaries?: Data from the Puma Impact Award Nominees

How Do We Measure the Impact of Documentaries?: Data from the Puma Impact Award Nominees | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In the world of social issue filmmaking, great work is being done in linking films to real-world issues that need attention.
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Some nicely compiled data and visualizations on the social outreach of five nominated documentary films in the Impact Awards in New York.

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Mark White's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:12 AM

Important to have an impact measurement angle when approaching philanthropy to fund doco.

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NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained

NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In the last five months, the NSA's surveillance practices have been revealed to be a massive international operation, staggering in scope. But how do all of the NSA's programmes fit together – and what does it mean for you?

Via Eva Dominguez, i-Docs
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Another interactive long form journalism piece in the style of Snow Fall. Very well done with great video interview segments weaved in to the story.

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Eva Dominguez's curator insight, November 5, 2013 11:59 AM

parallax + data visualization and more

Víctor Farré's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:09 PM

La masiva digitalización y el acceso universaly permamente a la información, definen un nuevo campo de la realidad, en el que también hay espionaje. ¿Podía ser de otro modo?

Davduf's curator insight, February 16, 2014 9:22 PM

parallax + data visualisation + intégration parfaite des interviews

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Alex Gibney shares his three tips for documentary success | DocGeeks

Alex Gibney shares his three tips for documentary success | DocGeeks | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

At the BFI London Film Festival, DocGeeks got the opportunity to sit down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, who was in London to promote his latest documentary film The Armstrong Lie. Find out what his key is to create success after success in documentary filmmaking.

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“A Short History of the Highrise”

“A Short History of the Highrise” | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Watch a four-part interactive documentary about the fascinating past, present and future of high-rise living in cities around the world. 

 

The project is an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500-year global history of vertical living and issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world. The project includes four short films. The first three (“Mud,” “Concrete” and “Glass”) feature photographs from The New York Times's archives, a repository of millions of photographs. The fourth film (“Home”) features images submitted by the public. The piece incorporates the films and allows viewers to explore the project’s themes with additional archival materials, text and games.

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Love the design, flow and atmosphere that exudes from this work. Well worth the wait. Just incredible.

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