The Documentary Life educates, inspires, and motivates documentary filmmakers

The aim of The Documentary Life is to educate, inspire and motivate documentary filmmakers on realizing their dreams of making their own documentary films and to show people how they can lead their everyday lives best supporting their filmmaking goals.

The intention is to break down barriers so that documentary filmmakers can make kickass films, change the world – while changing their worlds – and help break down barriers in their own, and other peoples lives.



“Never be afraid to do things that make you feel free” – Anon





Host of The Documentary Life, filmmaker and radio geek, Chris G. Parkhurst

Chris G. Parkhurst began the TDL podcast in the spring of 2016 when he had a desire to get back in touch with his college radio roots (which took place at WCVF in Fredonia, New York).  The idea was to combine past with present passions – effectively radio with documentary film – to produce an inspiring and informative podcast about living one’s life as an artist, specifically as a documentary filmmaker, in hopes of easing other people’s own documentary filmmaking journeys.

Produced through Chris and his wife Stephanie’s documentary film production company, Barang Films, the podcast has gone from strength-to-strength thanks to a strong and supportive community of like-minded creatives and documentary lovers.



“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” – Henry Ford




Previous The Documentary Life industry guests

 Highlights from the show so far

Past TDL industry guest alum have included filmmakers like Justin Schein, John Pirozzi, and Lydia B. Smith, as well as film fundraising guru Morrie Warshawski, and curator, Faith Fuller.  We’ve covered a range of topics, including  How to Run Your Kickstarter Campaign, Filming Documentaries Overseas, and Achieving Balance in Your Documentary Life.

The show has garnered thousands of regular listeners and is forming a network of documentary film enthusiasts and filmmakers the globe over. We could not be more proud or excited for the future of TDL thanks to the support and encouragement from listeners and filmmakers from within the industry.





What can you expect from TDL?

The intention of The Documentary Life is to continue fostering and growing the TDL community through the podcast, but also through our blog and social media platforms. The podcast and blog are being reformatted and will begin on a new weekly schedule from July 7th, 2017.

We will soon be releasing more tools and platforms to assist filmmakers on their journey to beginning, completing or showing their documentary film endeavours. For example, from July 2017 TDL will be offering one-on-one consultations to assist filmmakers on a more personal level to achieve their filmmaking goals. Application forms are available here.

As it evolves The Documentary Life will serve as a platform for filmmakers to exchange ideas, share knowledge and network in a community of like-minded people meaning that important information, resources and tips will become more accessible to those who need them. That’s what TDL is all about.


“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours”
– Les Brown



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