Documenting Your Family with Irene Taylor Brodsky

By Chris G Parkhurst | 12/13/2019 |

Filming the ones that we love and making documentaries about them can be a challenging, but ultimately very rewarding experience. It can be full of emotional pitfalls. It can bring families closer together . And no one knows this better than Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director, Irene Taylor Brodsky. We’ll speak with Irene on the…

Editing For Documentary Filmmakers with Paddy Bird

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/29/2019 |

One of the most popular topics on The Documentary Life deals with post production. More specifically, editing your documentary film. And not surprisingly one of the most popular guests on the program is industry expert, Paddy Bird. Because of this we’ve decided to make this week’s episode an extra special one devoted to… you guessed it,…

Filming Behind Bars with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/14/2019 |

Two veterans of Ken Burns films, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, have recently completed work on their documentary film, four-part PBS series, College Behind Bars.  And I had the pleasure of speaking with the both of them about some of their experiences working on Ken Burns’ films as well as what it was like going off…

How to Raise $8k Quickly and Bring Scriptwriting Principles to Your Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/01/2019 |

How can you raise a quick $8k in 18 days for your documentary film?  Steph and I recently did this on our doc project, Elvis of Cambodia. We’d like to share a few things that worked well and one thing that we wished we’d done! How can you bring feature narrative scriptwriting principles to my documentary film? World-renowned documentary…

Sculpture, Breast Cancer, and Documentary Film with Prune Nourry

By Chris G Parkhurst | 10/18/2019 |

How does one combine the expanse of one’s artistic works and their personal journey with breast cancer into their first documentary film?  This is what was on my mind as I spoke with French sculptor, installation artist, anthropologist, cancer survivor and now documentary filmmaker, Prune Nourry.   Topics Discussed how Prune Nourry brought her approach to…

Email Marketing for the Documentary Filmmaker

By Chris G Parkhurst | 10/03/2019 |

What if there was a viable way for the independent documentary filmmaker to build and sustain an audience to support your doc films for the duration of your career?  And what if there was a straight forward way that you, the doc filmmaker, could do it without having to break the bank on marketing and promotion…

Documentary Filmmaking Abroad with Edward Watts & Waad Al-Kateab

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/18/2019 |

If you were subjected to daily bombardment from the air, you were entrenched in a make-shift hospital, and you’d just recently had a baby, would you still be able to pick up your camera and film events? Well, if you’re Syrian doc filmmaker, Waad Al-Kateab, you would. And she did, while living in the basement of…

The Fundraising Houseparty For the Documentary Filmmaker

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/05/2019 |

What if there was a pretty straightforward way for the independent documentary filmmaker to raise a quick infusion of funding for their documentary film… simply by holding a party? Well, there is. It’s called the fundraising houseparty. And there is a science to it. And we’ve got film fundraising guru, Morrie Warshawski, back on the…

The Fundraising Houseparty For the Documentary Filmmaker

By Anna Brees | 09/05/2019 |

What if there was a pretty straightforward way for the independent documentary filmmaker to raise a quick infusion of funding for their documentary film… simply by holding a party? Well, there is. It’s called the fundraising houseparty. And there is a science to it. And we’ve got film fundraising guru, Morrie Warshawski, back on the…

Lean Team Documentary Filmmaking with Rustin Thompson

By Chris G Parkhurst | 08/22/2019 |

Ever noticed just how many barriers there seem to be to this documentary filmmaking thing?  Funding. Equipment. Live pitch presentations. Distribution platforms. You name it, everywhere you turn as a doc filmmaker, there seems to be something keeping you from actually doing the thing that matters most to you. But what if there was a way…