10 reasons why making documentaries is better than making fiction films


Peter Broderick, who helps filmmakers “explore uncharted frontiers and avoid dangerous pitfalls and predators,” gave a wonderful talk this morning at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the many gems in his presentation was his list of ten reasons why making documentaries is better than making fiction films:

10. Grants and Donors
9. Partnerships with non-profits and NGOs
8. Utility for viewers
7. Significant mailing lists and rich websites to partner with for outreach
6. Semi-theatrical and educational opportunities
5. Multiple versions are possible
4. Built-in core audience
3. Core audience trumps festivals and critics
2. Benefits of urgency, and
1. Possibly changing the world!

He nailed it! This list reminds me of some of the factors that lead me to start making my own documentaries after having worked as a freelancer for fiction, documentary and industrial works. Peter Broderick’s writings are highly recommended, as is joining his mailing list. I’ve really enjoyed the crossover sessions at the festival, more on some of them when I have time to write.

New Forms / New Opportunities Panel (Sarah Wolozin & Natasha Giraudie)


The following conversation took place during the session, ”Open Plenary: New Forms New Opportunities,“ with panelists Sarah Wolozin (Director, Open Documentary Lab at MIT) and Natasha Deganello Giraudie (CEO, Micro-Documentaries in San Francisco), … [Continue reading]

Reflections on Paul Sharits frozen film frames


On the bus ride back to Boston this past Monday I kept thinking about the Images of an Infinite Film exhibition I saw at MoMA (on view through March 2, 2014). I loved how Paul Sharits’s Untitled, from his Frozen Film Frame series (c. 1971–76) brings … [Continue reading]