50 – 5 Ways to Nurture Your Doc Life + Conversation with Doc Filmmaker, Rebecca Dreyfus

December 1, 2017

5 Ways to Nurture Your Doc Life

There are many ways that we documentary filmmakers take care of ourselves, or perhaps maybe more aptly put, do not take care of ourselves.  And with the long hours, sometimes limited budgets, sometimes other day jobs, family life, you name it.. it’s no wonder that we doc lifers sometimes tend to neglect our emotional and physical well being.  Which is why I’m here to give you a little primer to help steer you back to the path of emotional, physical, and creative success in your own doc life.

Topics covered in the opening segment:

  • exercise
  • meditation
  • family/friends
  • diet & nutrition
  • watch documentary films


Shared Convo w Doc Industry Guest – Rebecca Dreyfus

Documentary filmmaker (and big proponent of meditation!), Rebecca Dreyfus joined me in our Shared Conversation with a Doc Industry Guest segment.  Dreyfus has been working in documentary for 20 years, since her first feature, Bye-Bye Babushka first came on the scene and was quickly noticed by documentary legend, Albert Maysles, who would then go on to be lead camera in Dreyfus’ critically-acclaimed follow-up, Stolen.  A mentorship would soon blossom from this collaboration.

Rebecca Dreyfus, documentary filmmaker


Dreyfus’ current documentary film, On Meditation, takes a look at the age-old practice of meditation as told through the eyes of established names who attribute the practice to much of their personal and professional success.






Among topics covered in the segment:

  • the value of true persistence as a documentary filmmaker
  • the importance of a mentor and how to go about finding one
  • key advice for first-time documentary filmmakers
  • what part the practice of meditation plays in the creative process



Special Thank You Dlay to recording artist , who supplied the song whatever for this week’s episode of TDLFree Music Archive.  You too can download his music or other artists music by going to today!


As mentioned in our DocLifer Community Question of the Week segment, check out the trailer for fellow #doclifer, Jaime’s current documentary project, Masters of Mahjong here:



The trailer for Rebecca Dreyfus’ On Meditation:


Trailer for the acclaimed documentary film Stolen :





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