The Fundraising Houseparty For the Documentary Filmmaker

What if there was a pretty straightforward way for the independent documentary filmmaker to raise a quick infusion of funding for their documentary film… simply by holding a party? Well, there is. It’s called the fundraising houseparty. And there is a science to it. And we’ve got film fundraising guru, Morrie Warshawski, back on the…

‘Directing the Documentary’ with Michael Rabiger

If there ever was a Bible for documentary filmmaking, for my money, it would have to be Michael Rabiger‘s Directing the Documentary. The shear volume of books, online courses, podcasts, and How-to Youtube videos that are out there for the indie filmmaker who producers narrative film is probably in the cajillions. However, the amount of material available for…

Film Funding & Distribution with ‘Big Sonia’ Filmmakers

Film marketing & promotions, crowdfunding, and theatrical distribution are topics that, at some point in time, all independent doc filmmakers will need to know about. So if you’re looking to start arming yourself with some knowledge that’s going to potentially culminate in a successful release and maybe even in theatrical distribution then this is the show…

Best of TDL 2016, Look to 2017

Are you one of those people who loves a good End-of-the-Year list? Yeah, me too. I absolutely love them, truth be told. I know, I know. Kinda cheesy… but kinda fun. And that’s why I’ve put together this retrospective this mix tape, if you will, of this, the first year of The Documentary Life‘s existence. Whether you’re new to the program or…

Shaking the Money Tree with Film Funding Consultant Morrie Warshawski

Funding For Your Film What bigger question does the documentary filmmaker have than ‘Where can I find funding for my film?’ ? Well, today’s documentary industry guest is writer and film funding guru, Morrie Warshawski. Morrie wrote the well-known (and well read!) book on creative, practical, and (dare I say?) fun ways of funding your documentary film,…