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113 – The Fundraising Houseparty For the Documentary Filmmaker

By Anna Brees | 09/05/2019 |

What if there was a pretty straightforward way for the independent documentary filmmaker to raise a quick infusion of funding for their documentary film… simply by holding a party? Well, there is. It’s called the fundraising houseparty. And there is a science to it. And we’ve got film fundraising guru, Morrie Warshawski, back on the…

124 – Documentary Film Promotions & Marketing with Jon Reiss

By Chris G Parkhurst | 02/21/2020 |

The playing field for distribution, promotions, and marketing for independent documentary filmmakers seems to be changing daily. But one thing that remains, is Jon Reiss, the veritable guru on all things film distro, promotions, and marketing. And for this week’s episode he weighs in on this latest, including how social media marketing and ad placements…

123 – First Time Doc Filmmaker Wins the Stanley Cup, with Joshua Riehl

By Chris G Parkhurst | 02/07/2020 |

Joshua Riehl was a first time doc filmmaker when he decided to make a film about his passion for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. So how exactly did he manage to pull this feat off, including getting actor Jeff Daniels and some of the world’s most recognizable names in hockey to…

122 – Film Travel Tips and Gear Insurance

By Chris G Parkhurst | 01/24/2020 |

Are you thinking of traveling for your doc any time soon? Awesome. You know how much we love to travel for our doc filmmaking. And Chris has got some super useful tips for your doc filmmaking travel adventures! And whether you’re traveling abroad or just down the street for your next bit of filming, make…

121 – Your Breakthrough Year and #Doclifer, Josh Davidsburg

By Chris G Parkhurst | 01/10/2020 |

Shouldn’t you be making 2020 your breakthrough year in documentary filmmaking? We all know how difficult, sometimes frustrating, it can be getting our doc films made. And how trying it can be living our doc lives.  No one knows this better than I. Which is why in this episode I have decided to challenge you…

Season Two TDL BONUS!

By Chris G Parkhurst | 12/27/2019 |

Welcome to your Season Two BONUS episode! In which you’ll find selections from five of some of my favorite conversations that I’ve had with documentary filmmakers over the past 120 episodes of the show. Below, you can click on the full episodes to listen to the conversations in their entirety. Have a safe, happy holidays and…

120 – Documenting Your Family with Irene Taylor Brodsky

By Chris G Parkhurst | 12/13/2019 |

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…

119 – Editing For Documentary Filmmakers with Paddy Bird

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/29/2019 |

One of the most popular topics on The Documentary Life deals with post production. More specifically, editing your documentary film. And not surprisingly one of the most popular guests on the program is industry expert, Paddy Bird. Because of this we’ve decided to make this week’s episode an extra special one devoted to… you guessed it,…

118 – Filming Behind Bars with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/14/2019 |

Two veterans of Ken Burns films, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, have recently completed work on their documentary film, four-part PBS series, College Behind Bars.  And I had the pleasure of speaking with the both of them about some of their experiences working on Ken Burns’ films as well as what it was like going off…

117 – How to Raise $8k Quickly and Bring Scriptwriting Principles to Your Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/01/2019 |

How can you raise a quick $8k in 18 days for your documentary film?  Steph and I recently did this on our doc project, Elvis of Cambodia. We’d like to share a few things that worked well and one thing that we wished we’d done! How can you bring feature narrative scriptwriting principles to my documentary film? World-renowned documentary…