Episode 103

Published on:

10th May 2019

Doc Filmmaking, Festivals, and Podcasting with Thom Powers

Thom Powers has been more in touch with documentary filmmaking and filmmakers than most anyone I know. Which makes sense, since he made docs for about a decade, programs for two of the most prestigious film festivals (TIFF and DOCNYC), and is now the host of the podcast, Pure Nonfiction .

Please join us as we have a candid conversation with one of the industry’s more recognisable voices. A conversation, one doc filmmaker to another. One podcaster to another.


Topics Discussed

  • How Thom Powers went from making HBO and PBS docs to running film festivals
  • How Thom Powers took his experience as a doc filmmaker and made his festival for doc filmmakers
  • How and why DOCNYC is one of the more unique doc festivals around
  • How Thom Powers has had such great access to doc filmmakers for his Pure Nonfiction screenings and podcast


Chris in Cambodia Series

In Chris in Cambodia, TDL host and doc filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst shares some of his stories and lessons from his most recent trip filming in Cambodia, working on he and his wife, Steph’s, current documentary, Elvis of Cambodia.

In Part Three, Chris talks about his first couple of weeks settling into his old haunt, the capital city, Phnom Penh. And how it has changed over the years. He also battles some serious editor’s block, being unable to delve back into his passion project, Elvis of Cambodia. And how it took a spark and a sound to turn things around for him, just when he feared all might be lost.


#Doclifer Stories

Where we share our listeners #doclives and filmmaking stories. This week, we visit with This Little Land of Mines, director, Erin McGoff, who shares with us her first experiences working on her first feature doc.


Sponsors & Thank Yous

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About the Podcast

The Documentary Life
Documentary filmmaker & host, Chris G. Parkhurst, inspires & informs you on how to best live and lead your own doc life.
Have a passion for making documentary films? Want to learn how to best lead a documentary life? Join award-winning commercial and documentary filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst, and special industry guests as they candidly share their filmmaking stories, insights, and experiences, for all to learn how to best lead and live their own documentary dream lives.

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