Episode 136

Published on:

7th Aug 2020

Documentary Filmmaking During a Pandemic

Documentary filmmaking during this time of a pandemic is something that so many of us doc filmmakers are contemplating. Or doing. Or not doing.

Today's episode is filled with both a discussion on the ethics of documentary production during this time as well as best practices & safety protocol for those of us who are making our docs during this time.

Documentary filmmaker and TDL host, Chris G. Parkhurst, delves into this discussion with IDA's Carrie Lozano and award-winning documentary filmmaking, Heidi Ewing.

Topics Discussed

  • Chris G. Parkhurst's tips for filming during this time of Covid
  • the whats, whys, hows of IDA's The Ethics of Documentary Production in a Pandemic
  • how Carrie Lozano's background in both journalism and documentary filmmaker has made her uniquely positioned to discuss filming during this time
  • why award-winning documentary filmmaker, Heidi Ewing has chosen to film during this time
  • how documentary filmmaking inherently is made up of a number of ethical decisions
  • Ewing's best practices & safety protocol for doc filmmakers


Additional Resources

Read for yourself IDA's The Ethics of Documentary Production in a Pandemic





Continuing the Discussion with The D-Word



Today's episode is only the beginning of the conversation. Now it's time to have your voice heard, #doclifer!

So where can you do this?




The D-Word began in 1996 as a series of online journal entries by filmmaker Doug Block depicting the joy and angst of making and selling his feature documentary, Home Page. In the words of Mr. Block, "it was meant to inform, inspire, humor and depress the hell out of working or aspiring documentary filmmakers, or anyone else interested in the filmmaking process, for that matter!"

We had Doug on the show way back in EPISODE #105, where he discussed those early days working as an independent documentary filmmaker. And how this would lead him to creating the first incarnation of The D-Word.

The D-Word has long-since evolved into a virtual community and is now the largest, longest-running one of its kind, currently numbering more than 19,000 members from 147 countries. 

Its focus is now on hosting free discussions on documentary film and production and leading a documentary life. Sound familiar?

Get started with The D-Word today, by completing their free APPLICATION.


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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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