Debt can be a crippling thing for anyone, and documentary filmmakers are no exception.  In fact, it’s we independent filmmakers who are often hit in particular with the ugly debt stick.  The kids’ daycare, medical…

New Weekly Show Welcome to the first episode of The Documentary Life‘s new weekly format!  Contained within this initial release I’ll start off by detailing how the new format will work from this point forward….

Documentary Film Festival, Part Two Welcome to part two of a very special two-part series that explores the mysterious world of the documentary film festival from the perspective of the filmmaker as well as the…

Documentary Film Festival, Part One Welcome to part one of a very special two-part series that explores the mysterious world of the documentary film festival from the perspective of the filmmaker as well as the…

TDL’s (Temporary) New Host We are excited to announce that the new host of TDL is Faith Fuller (formerly of Desktop Documentaries)! Okay, so maybe it’s only for one week.  And while Faith still holds her…

Back in October, documentary filmmakers, Deia Schlosberg and Lindsey Grayzel were arrested while filming separate but linked acts of civil disobedience.  In Grayzel’s case it was for her documentary film, The Reluctant Radical, a film…

Ten Hot Tips For Shooting Your Documentary Interview The interview is the cornerstone of the documentary film.  And therefore mastering the conducting of the interview is not something to be taken lightly.  It is an…

Diversify Your Income You’ve got to get creative with your income when you’re trying to make it as a documentary filmmaker in this world.  Luckily, there are a number of different, actually pretty cool ways…

Brent E. Huffman‘s debut documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, is making a lot of noise these days.  This MacArthur Foundation-sponsored film has played dozens of film festivals all over the globe, and its filmmaker, Huffman, has been…