How We’re Showing Up For Our Community in 2020

By Chris G Parkhurst |

The end of each year is a perfect time to reflect on what is going right and what could be going better in your life, your career and with your documentary filmmaking goals. It is often around this time – late November and until the end of the year – that we begin to process…

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#Doclifer Stories – Matthew Ritenour

By DoclIfer Stories |

#1. – How and why did you first get interested in documentary filmmaking? I grew up shooting skateboarding videos and local punk shows in the Florida Panhandle. I had this Sony DV Handicam and I would do most of my edits in camera straight onto the tape. Looking back on it now, I think I…

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#Doclifer Stories – Maricla Pannocchia

By DoclIfer Stories |

#1. – How and why did you first get interested in documentary filmmaking? I started in the spring of 2018, out of necessity. I’m Italian and I’m the founder and chairman of an Italian charity called Adolescenti e cancro (Teens and Cancer) and I felt the need to share with the world the inspiring story…

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Margaret Mead Film Festival

By Stephanie Vincenti |

  American Museum of Natural History, New York October 17-20, 2019   About the Festival The American Museum of Natural History’s, Margaret Mead Film Festival, features documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world. Inspired by anthropologist Margaret Mead’s groundbreaking use…

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5 Tips for Making the Personal Documentary

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Often times as documentary filmmakers, we will choose topics that are near and dear to our hearts, we have quite personal connections to these topics.  So it’s only natural we choose to be a central part of our films and make what is known as the ‘personal documentary’. While some of the more powerful stories in…

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5 Best Practices for Making Film Extras

By Chris G Parkhurst |

When making film extras, you should be thinking of the five things we have listed here as you make your film.  Remember, you are an independent filmmaker, and because of that you are going to be responsible for selling yourself and your film.  Think of ways to be procuring extras as you are making your…

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What You Need To Know About Your Fiscal Sponsor

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Finding your fiscal sponsors for your documentary film is an important endeavor if you are looking to offer your donors a tax-deductible donation and obtain grant funding. There are so many criteria to consider when deciding which fiscal sponsor best fits you. After all, there can be many other perks and advantages to your fiscal…

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5 Tips for Producing Your Docuseries

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Producing your docuseries is a challenging but rewarding endeavor. It’s a journey that not all filmmakers want to take but it’s a great way to expand your documentary idea into long-form. Here are some tips on how to produce your own docuseries. Enjoy the ride!   5 Tips for Producing Your Docuseries   1. Killer…

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Tips To Successfully Crowdfund Your Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Crowdfunding is one of the best ways to start fundraising for your documentary. It has become a favorite way of doc filmmakers in raising funds that will either make or break their documentary films. We’re offering you some advice in order to make it easier for you to successfully crowdfund your doc film.   Clear…

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How to Increase Your Filmmaking Creativity

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Creativity is not something that occurs in a filmmaker’s mind all the time. Sometimes, it needs ignition and inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. There are days when creativity just overflows while there are days that a filmmaker can’t seem to think of any ideas for a documentary. Here are some simple, yet effective,…

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