Episode 132

Published on:

12th Jun 2020

Personal Trauma in Documentary Film with Sasha Joseph Neulinger

Sasha Joseph Neulinger endured some of the most traumatic events a child can experience. He is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. And he has now turned those events into one of 2020's more extraordinary documentary films, Rewind.

Neulinger sits down with TDL to discuss his journey making Rewind and to offer some insight into how doc filmmakers might best deal with the depiction of personal trauma in their films.

In our first segment, Chris G. Parkhurst, gives us 5 Tips for Making the Personal Documentary.

Topics Discussed

  • tips for making your personal documentary film
  • why Neulinger set out to face his own demons by making this documentary film
  • why making the personal documentary needs to be more for yourself than others
  • approaching family members with your personal doc
  • the journey of financing a film like Rewind


Additional Resources

Teaser for Rewind



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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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