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…

Winning an Oscar for Your Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/18/2020 |

Imagine stepping up to the podium to accept your award for Best Documentary Feature for the film that you have put your heart, soul, blood sweat tears into. What would you say? Who would thank? Where would you even start? Well, Steven Bognar, of this year’s American Factory knows precisely what this feels like. And…

Cinematography in Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/04/2020 |

In the past, documentary cinematography has been in the shadow of narrative feature’s, overlooked because of certain, perhaps unfair assumptions about the craft. Well, that is no longer the case since the American Society of Cinematographers, as of this year, has an award for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking. And cinematographers, Fejmi Daut and Samir…

Reality Television and the Documentary Filmmaker

By Chris G Parkhurst | 08/21/2020 |

It wasn’t that long ago when reality television was a dirty word that incited some pretty strong feelings among the documentary filmmaking crowd. However, non fiction television has come a long way in the past few years. Of course, don’t take my word for it. Take it from fellow documentary filmmaker, Joe Litzinger, who is…

Documentary Filmmaking During a Pandemic

By Chris G Parkhurst | 08/07/2020 |

Documentary filmmaking during this time of a pandemic is something that so many of us doc filmmakers are contemplating. Or doing. Or not doing. Today’s episode is filled with both a discussion on the ethics of documentary production during this time as well as best practices & safety protocol for those of us who are…

Race in the Documentary Filmmaking Community

By Chris G Parkhurst | 07/24/2020 |

Questions of race and who has the right to tell another person’s or culture’s or race’s stories have recently been at the forefront of the documentary community’s collective consciousness. More than that, it’s been the subject of recent debate and discussion, whether in industry-led panels, major publications, or social media. Documentary filmmaker and TDL host,…

The Online Film Festival for the Documentary Filmmaker

By Chris G Parkhurst | 07/10/2020 |

Lyndon Stone is the founder and festival director of Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. Melody Gilbert is a documentary filmmaker well acquainted with the world of film festivals. In light of Covid events, both the festival director and filmmaker, have had to pivot their approaches to documentary film festivals. This is the kind of discussion we…

Spirituality in Documentary Filmmaking with Mickey Lemle

By Chris G Parkhurst | 06/26/2020 |

Mickey Lemle has made documentary films about some of the most brilliant individuals in the modern world. From His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Ram Dass to Sir Laurens van der Post, Lemle has been rubbing shoulders with great minds who all have very spiritual & compassionate ways of living. Lemle has had the…

Personal Trauma in Documentary Film with Sasha Joseph Neulinger

By Chris G Parkhurst | 06/12/2020 |

Sasha Joseph Neulinger endured some of the most traumatic events a child can experience. He is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. And he has now turned those events into one of 2020’s more extraordinary documentary films, Rewind. Neulinger sits down with TDL to discuss his journey making Rewind and to offer some insight into…

Doc Filmmaking in the Mountains with Eric Becker

By Chris G Parkhurst | 05/29/2020 |

Eric Becker has been taking on extreme challenges since he can remember. If it’s not racing bikes it’s climbing mountains. If it’s not climbing mountains, it’s making doc films about people climbing mountains. Tune into this week’s episode where we celebrate International Everest Day by welcoming doc filmmaker and mountaineer, Eric Becker on to TDL!…