2018 Academy Award Nominee, Steve James
So what exactly does one say to one of the most respected documentary filmmakers of our time? What does one say to the man who literally inspired countless future doc filmmakers when his film Hoop Dreams took the world by storm in 1994? What do you say to the man who has made a career out of telling some of the most human, humane, and heart wrenching stories about some of the neglected and forgotten and misunderstood amongst us? And what do you say to the man who was just nominated for a 2018 Best Documentary Oscar for his film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail?
Well, I suppose that’s why you’ve tuned in to this very special episode of The Documentary Life, an episode where we sit down for a heart-to-heart, one doc filmmaker to another conversation with documentary legend, Steve James.
- keys to longevity as a doc filmmaker
- the filmmaker’s responsibilities after being nominated for an Academy Award
- how Steve started out working as a Production Assistant, and how he nearly quit
- importance of being paid for your time in your grant proposal budgets
- whether or not it’s necessary to build your story around a conflict
Watch for free: Abacus: Small Enough To Jail
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