Episode 120

Published on:

13th Dec 2019

Documenting Your Family with Irene Taylor Brodsky

Filming the ones that we love and making documentaries about them can be a challenging, but ultimately very rewarding experience. It can be full of emotional pitfalls. It can bring families closer together . And no one knows this better than Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director, Irene Taylor Brodsky

We'll speak with Irene on the eve of the release of her latest HBO Documentaries film, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements.

Topics Discussed

  • the profound nature of using documentary as a form of cultural currency
  • how documentary filmmakers are often viewed as altruistic people, but we may be telling these stories for our own self-interest
  • making doc films with your family as main subjects
  • the importance of making the audience the hero of your story


Additional Resources

Watch a trailer for Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements



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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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