71 – Making a Netflix Docuseries with Flint Town Producer, Gary Kout

Making a Netflix Docuseries with Flint Town’s, Gary Town

These are pretty amazing times for documentary filmmakers. Not only have the popularity of documentary films increased exponentially, not only are there far more resources available these days to doc filmmakers, but the distribution platforms that are out there are plentiful, not the least of which are the Netflixs, Hulus, and Amazons of the world. And now, these distro platforms have opened the doc playing field to the long form, the docuseries.

And for episode #71 we speak with Gary Kout, producer of Netflix series, Flint Town, about the journey that Flint Town took from a short film to a full-fledged Netflix-budgeted documentary series.


Among the many topics covered:

  • how a short film became a full-fledged Netflix docuseries
  • how a distro platform like Netflix can best be approached
  • how a company like Netflix decides to fund a docuseries project
  • how Netflix makes editorial decisions with a filmmaker
  • tips on selling your docuseries to Netflix


5 Tips for Producing Your Docuseries

  1. Killer Pitch
  2. Sizzle Reel
  3. Don’t Make Reality TV
  4. Secure the Rights to the Story
  5. Be Friendly, Don’t Be Their Friends



NY Times Op-Doc, Policing Flint

Check out the short film that became the Netflix docuseries, Flint Town:



Flint Town trailer


T. Rex documentary trailer


Related Resources


Need Funding For Your Film?

Looking for funding for your film? Well, there’s still time to apply for the Roy W. Dean Grant, which is a wonderful opportunity for you, #DocLifer, to apply for some funding and incredible in-kind services for your film. And it just so happens that the next deadline is only a couple of weeks away… April 30th!!  Interested? Check out this video which provides some great insight & tips for applying.




In #DocLand we have very comprehensive tutorials on seeking and applying for grants and running crowdfunding campaigns.

 #DocLand is The Documentary Life‘s very own flagship filmmaking community which offers you step-by-step tutorials, industry expert webinars, private Facebook group, industry-standard templates and extensive resources, to assist you in the planning, funding and sharing of your documentary film.

Visit #Docland to learn more.



We highly recommend grabbing a copy of Morrie’s book Shaking the Money Tree. It holds some very valuable insights and advice for any documentary filmmaker looking to secure funds for their film.



The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party with a Purpose is another great book by Morrie that delves into this strategies for bringing people with money to the proverbial party, in order to raise funds for your film.






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Sponsors & Thank You’s

Free Music ArchiveSpecial Thank You to recording artist, Dlay who supplied music for this week’s episode of TDL. You too can download his music or other artist’s music by going to Free Music Archive today!


Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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