91 – Doc Filmmakers Getting Real, with Claire Aguilar

Doc Filmmakers Getting Real, with Claire Aguilar

Getting Real is a biennial conference put on by International Documentary Association (IDA) to foster three days of documentary media discussion, with documentary filmmaker’s sustainability at the core of its discussion.  Along with the theme of sustainability, the 2018 conference will see the themes of transparency and creativity being added to the discussion.

At the time of this episode, we are days away from the event (Sep 25-27) and we thought it might be a great time to check in with our friends over to IDA to see what was happening this year.  We are were elated when Claire Aguilar, Director of Programming & Policy agreed to sit down this and tell us of all the special events happening at this year’s Getting Real.


Among topics discussed:

  • the continuing need to better understand sustainability and how it pertains to the doc filmmaker
  • how & why IDA continues to be at the forefront of fostering networking & discussion to and with the doc community
  • the addition of transparency and creativity to the Getting Real discussion
  • a breakdown of all that is offered at this premiere three-day event for doc filmmakers
  • while tix are sold-out for the event, you can still volunteer for Getting Real


Related Sources

Two episodes were mentioned in today’s programme.  They were Episode #58 with IDA Exec Dir, Simon Kilmurry and Episode #51 with 2018 IDA Career Achievement Award recipient, Lourdes Portillo.  Check out one or both!


The Documentary Academy Opens October 1st

Enrollment is Only Two Weeks Away!


You’ve been hearing about it for months now… The Documentary Academy online course platform!  Well, we have just about completed the first batch of courses, including full step-by-step Academy tracks for Film Foundations, Filmmaking, Film Funding, and Film Distribution of your documentary film.  These immersive courses all come complete with video tutorials and actionable worksheets.



Want a great supportive doc filmmaking community to be a part of?  Consider the TDL Community facebook Group page!  It’s free and it’s a wonderfully connected group of like-minded individuals all working on their passion of doc filmmaking.



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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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