Making the Sports Documentary with Gotham Chopra

By Chris G Parkhurst | 05/01/2020 |

Sports documentaries have really come into their own as a documentary genre. The truth is that the built-in drama and sometimes off-the-field shenanigans make for some really compelling stories. Entities like ESPN’s 30 For 30 series, HBO Sports, Netflix and Hulu’s ventures into sports docuseries, all have been making these films and really elevating the…

Documentary Film and the Music Composer with Nainita Desai

By Chris G Parkhurst | 04/17/2020 |

When it comes to documentary film – and really film, in general – one of the forgotten heroes is often the film’s music composer. And yet, it’s often the music that truly elevates a film from good to greatness, making the storyline and all of its visuals just a bit more rich, complex, and emotional.…

Mental Health and the Documentary Filmmaker with Rebecca Day

By Chris G Parkhurst | 04/03/2020 |

We doc filmmakers are no strangers to mental health. Whether by the very nature of being doc filmmakers or from the subjects of our documentaries, we’re often dealing with levels of anxiety, stress, and/or depression on a daily basis. Still it’s not something that we often openly talk about. That is, not until recently, as…

Finding Yingying with Jiayan Shi

By Chris G Parkhurst | 03/20/2020 |

When it comes to being affected by the coronavirus, we doc filmmakers, of course, are no exception. Whether we work in tv broadcasting, run video productions, or are freelancers, we are all feeling the impact of the massive shutdowns happening due to Covid-19. So in today’s episode I’d like to offer up some ways in…

Fire in Paradise with Drea Cooper

By Chris G Parkhurst | 03/06/2020 |

One of the most compelling, intense, and well done documentaries that I saw in all of 2019 wasn’t even a feature length film. In fact, its run time was only 39 minutes. But it was 39 mins of riveting documentary that was financed and distributed by Netflix, and it came from ZCDC‘s Zachary Canepari and…

Documentary Film Promotions & Marketing with Jon Reiss

By Chris G Parkhurst | 02/21/2020 |

The playing field for distribution, promotions, and marketing for independent documentary filmmakers seems to be changing daily. But one thing that remains, is Jon Reiss, the veritable guru on all things film distro, promotions, and marketing. And for this week’s episode he weighs in on this latest, including how social media marketing and ad placements…

First Time Doc Filmmaker Wins the Stanley Cup, with Joshua Riehl

By Chris G Parkhurst | 02/07/2020 |

Joshua Riehl was a first time doc filmmaker when he decided to make a film about his passion for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. So how exactly did he manage to pull this feat off, including getting actor Jeff Daniels and some of the world’s most recognizable names in hockey to…

Film Travel Tips and Gear Insurance

By Chris G Parkhurst | 01/24/2020 |

Are you thinking of traveling for your doc any time soon? Awesome. You know how much we love to travel for our doc filmmaking. And Chris has got some super useful tips for your doc filmmaking travel adventures! And whether you’re traveling abroad or just down the street for your next bit of filming, make…

Your Breakthrough Year and #Doclifer, Josh Davidsburg

By Chris G Parkhurst | 01/10/2020 |

Shouldn’t you be making 2020 your breakthrough year in documentary filmmaking? We all know how difficult, sometimes frustrating, it can be getting our doc films made. And how trying it can be living our doc lives. No one knows this better than I. Which is why in this episode I have decided to challenge you (and…

Season Two TDL BONUS!

By Chris G Parkhurst | 12/27/2019 |

Welcome to your Season Two BONUS episode! In which you’ll find selections from five of some of my favorite conversations that I’ve had with documentary filmmakers over the past 120 episodes of the show. Below, you can click on the full episodes to listen to the conversations in their entirety. Have a safe, happy holidays and…