10 Hot Tips for Conducting Interviews

By Chris G Parkhurst |

One of the integral parts of any documentary filmmaker’s canon is his/her ability to conduct an interview. After all, the interview is one of the critical components to nearly any documentary. However, the truth is that very few journalists or documentary filmmakers are completely unflappable in the face of any situation or interviewee. (We can’t…

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International Documentary Film Festival Munich

By Stephanie Vincenti |

  Munich, Germany May 06-17, 2020   About the Festival DOK.fest München or the International Documentary Film Festival Munich consists of 10 competitions where a selection of the most outstanding contemporary documentaries every year. The festival showcases the creativity aspect of documentaries selected with curatorial signature. Aside from the festival, it also has DOK.deutsche competition specifically for…

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#Doclifer Stories – Hasan Demirtas

By Chris G Parkhurst |

#1. – How and why did you first get interested in documentary filmmaking? This question makes me think of my first documentary, which was about a girl, Busra, who was given the wrong injection, and day-by-day, the her body deteriorated. Nevertheless, she was preparing for the Disabled Olympics Games. Finally, Busra died, but her story went…

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5 Reasons to Make Your Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst |

“People who are called to Documentary take heart. Take it seriously, because few are called and it’s not very sustainable to most… (for) those who are called, it’s an important journey and it’s an important thing to do with ones life” –  Filmmaker, Ian McCluskey   Perhaps you are thinking of making a documentary film,…

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#Doclifer Stories – Scott Link

By DoclIfer Stories |

#1. – How & why did you first get interested in documentary filmmaking? I started out making videos for large churches as my day job. Most of those were interviews with B-Roll, not always telling a story but similar in style to documentaries. I worked for a while in narrative filmmaking, producing an indie TV…

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How To Make Your Documentary Film Standout

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Want your documentary film to stand out? We’ve put together a list of ways in which we think we can help it do just that! Also these ideas can probably be employed to produce a better trailer or fundraising film too.   1. Aerial Shots As much as I, in some ways, wanted to avoid…

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How To Find Your Documentary Film Idea

By Stephanie Vincenti |

You may spend five years or more living with, working on and building out your documentary film so you want it to be based around a topic you are passionate about. There’s too much involved to allow yourself to make a film that you are not really all that bothered about. Too much time, too…

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#Doclifer Stories – Julie McElmurry

By DoclIfer Stories |

Welcome to our #doclifer stories.  In the spirit of connectivity and togetherness of the documentary filmmaking world (which is the essence of why we started the TDL podcast) we are bringing you stories from #doclifers – doc filmmakers like you and I – from around the world. If you’re interested in contributing your story to #Doclifer…

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True/False Film Festival

By Stephanie Vincenti |

  Columbia, Missouri March 5 – 8, 2020   About the Festival True/False Film Festival brings together over nonfiction filmmakers, artists, musicians, and audiences for a unique four-day creative experience in mid-Missouri. The organic interactions that occur at the Fest invite visitors to connect with people from different places with different lived experiences. The 2020…

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5 Tips for Capturing BTS Footage

By Chris G Parkhurst |

When I was designing and producing our DVD packages for Journey to Kathmandu, one of the things that I knew that I’d had an abundance of and might be attractive to purchasers of the DVD set was a slew of extras. I figured that I could make the package something that documentary film enthusiasts and…

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