History wouldn’t be quite the same without the tireless and sometimes incredibly dangerous work of the war correspondent or doc filmmaker.  Ever since I could pick up a camera, I found myself somehow deeply interested…

Welcome to the first episode of The Documentary Life‘s new weekly format!  Contained within this initial release I’ll start off by detailing how the new format will work from this point forward.  Namely, you’ll be…

Welcome to part two of a very special two-part series that explores the mysterious world of the documentary film festival from the perspective of the filmmaker as well as the director of a film festival….

The interview is the cornerstone of the documentary film.  And therefore mastering the conducting of the interview is not something to be taken lightly.  It is an art form unto itself.  But sadly, many take…

You’ve got to get creative with your income when you’re trying to make it as a documentary filmmaker in this world.  Luckily, there are a number of different, actually pretty cool ways in which you…

Brent E. Huffman‘s debut documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, is making a lot of noise these days.  This MacArthur Foundation-sponsored film has played dozens of film festivals all over the globe, and its filmmaker, Huffman, has been…

This past week I attended the National Achievers Congress here in Portland, Oregon, USA.  There were three sort of headliners for the show, including Gary Vaynerchuk, Robert Herjavec, but the main attraction (if you will)…

Remember when you were incredibly excited about that new documentary project you’d been working on?  The one that you even raised some funds via Kickstarter and shot about 50+ hrs of footage?  Then do you remember…

 Justin Schein is the kind of documentary filmmaker that most of us aspire to be.  He is a thoughtful, sensitive, and articulate technician dedicated to his craft.  And his latest film, Left on Purpose is the…

Work-life balance?  Sure, you’ve probably heard of this.  Whether in books, seminars, tv, or radio, we’re always hearing about the necessity of some sort of balance in our daily lives and the various ways in which…