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…

5 Best Ways to Market and Distribute Your Documentary After all of the time, energy, and money spent getting one’s documentary film to completion, how does an independent documentary filmmaker market and distribute their doc…

Podcast Conversation Gordon Quinn has been making documentary films for over 50+ years with his landmark company, Kartemquin Films. You may not know his name, but you’ve most likely seen one, if not a number…

For today’s episode of TDL I’m going to do something a little different. Today, I’m going to be asking you, my fellow #doclifer, some questions. I’d like to discover a little bit more about who…

Shooting Great B-roll One of the often overlooked elements to a documentary filmmaker’s footage is their B-roll.  And the biggest reason that I have to make this assumption is the copious amounts of really really…

Your Film Score I would like to talk to you about Peter Broderick.  No, not that Peter Broderick, the independent film distribution guru.  But another Peter Broderick.  Who makes music.  Really really amazing music.  The kind…

First Documentary Film Over the past few months I’ve received a number of requests for a show dedicated to how one goes about making their first documentary film. And the truth is, I could probably…

The War Correspondent 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…

New Weekly Show 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….

Documentary Film Festival, Part Two 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…