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Based on a True Story

Full Frame 2013 Speakeasy: Based on a True StoryOne way to reach a bigger audience: don't just make a documentary, make the narrative feature, too. Directors at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival made a strong case for how documentaries can inform narrative features. At the "Based on a True Story" Speakeasy discussion, host and Festival Director Deirdre Haj reminded us that documentaries are more than just informative, they are powerful storytelling devices. Read more...

Land of Opportunity: Interactive Design and Intervention

Screenshot of LandofOpportunity DocumentaryOne of the major challenges in interactive media confronting filmmakers—or any media maker—is a fundamental question of how to present a story in a non-traditional format. This was the case for Luisa Dantas and the LandofOpportunity (LoP) team, who recently were “struggling to articulate in creative visual terms what we want to do.” Read more...

New Frontier at Sundance: Innovating Story

MIT PanelEach year at the Sundance Film Festival I try to answer a question: why should filmmakers pay attention to the experimental media showcased at the New Frontier exhibition? Read more...

Redefined Documentary at IDFA

DocLabDocumentary film was pushing traditional boundaries at the 2012 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). From the DocLab's exhibitions to the intensity of audio, IDFA is leading the way in creative spaces for meaningful documentary that thinks outside the silver screen. Read more...

IDFA Opens with Social Documentary

IDFA ScreenAs a documentary filmmaker you may be starting out with a script, but not yet with the story. This was the case for veteran Dutch filmmaker John Appel for whom "Wrong Time Wrong Place" just premiered at opening night for the 25th annual (silver anniversary) International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Read more...