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23 – How to Diversify Your Income as a Documentary Filmmaker

By Chris G Parkhurst | 03/31/2017 |

You’ve got to get creative with your income when you’re trying to make it as a documentary filmmaker in this world. Luckily, there are a number of different, actually pretty cool ways in which you can do this. Here on episode #23, I dive into five pretty diverse ways in which a #doclifer can keep him/herself from falling…

22 – Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker, Brent E. Huffman

By Chris G Parkhurst | 03/17/2017 |

Brent E. Huffman‘s debut documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, is making a lot of noise these days. This MacArthur Foundation-sponsored film has played dozens of film festivals all over the globe, and its filmmaker, Huffman, has been on media outlets such as CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, discussing the massive archaeological site, Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, which is in danger of…

21 – How to Stop Getting Derailed and Refocus on Your Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst | 03/03/2017 |

Remember when you were incredibly excited about that new documentary project you’d been working on? The one that you even raised some funds via Kickstarter and shot about 50+ hrs of footage? Then do you remember when in the middle of production you and your wife had your first child? Yeah, you were having to work all of the…

20 – Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker, Justin Schein

By Chris G Parkhurst | 02/17/2017 |

 Justin Schein is the kind of documentary filmmaker that most of us aspire to be. He is a thoughtful, sensitive, and articulate technician dedicated to his craft. And his latest film, Left on Purpose is the kind of intelligent, compassion, and in the end, impossible to forget, film that we aspire to make.   I was honoured and…

19 – Achieving Balance in Your Documentary Life

By Chris G Parkhurst | 02/03/2017 |

Work-life balance? Sure, you’ve probably heard of this. Whether in books, seminars, tv, or radio, we’re always hearing about the necessity of some sort of balance in our daily lives and the various ways in which we might better achieve this. But what about us creatives, specifically us documentary filmmakers, who more realistically have a Work-Life-Doclife to balance?   Well, I’ve…

18 – Conversation with Professional Storyteller, Joel ben Izzy

By Chris G Parkhurst | 01/20/2017 |

 The term storyteller seems to be one of the more misunderstood or misused vocational words in the past decade. Certainly this seems to be the case in a world of ad agencies, video production companies, and self-styled online entrepreneurs.  Joel ben Izzy is the answer to this rampant misuse. He is quite literally a professional storyteller.…

17 – Working with Someone You Don’t Enjoy Working With

By Chris G Parkhurst | 01/06/2017 |

Let’s be honest. We’ve all worked with someone that we just didn’t click with or downright despised, but felt like we had no choice but to stick it out with them. Or we’ve worked on that project that drove us to tears and frustration, so much so that we would have given just about anything to walk away. And…

16 – Best of TDL 2016, Look to 2017

By Chris G Parkhurst | 12/09/2016 |

Are you one of those people who loves a good End-of-the-Year list? Yeah, me too. I absolutely love them, truth be told. I know, I know. Kinda cheesy… but kinda fun. And that’s why I’ve put together this retrospective this mix tape, if you will, of this, the first year of The Documentary Life‘s existence. Whether you’re new to the program or…

15 – Shaking the Money Tree with Film Funding Consultant Morrie Warshawski

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/25/2016 |

Funding For Your Film What bigger question does the documentary filmmaker have than ‘Where can I find funding for my film?’ ? Well, today’s documentary industry guest is writer and film funding guru, Morrie Warshawski. Morrie wrote the well-known (and well read!) book on creative, practical, and (dare I say?) fun ways of funding your documentary film,…

14 – How to Run Your Kickstarter Campaign

By Chris G Parkhurst | 11/11/2016 |

So you’ve heard about this cool thing called crowdfunding – or Kickstarter or Indiegogo – where people are getting their documentary films financed by people all around the world. who are interested in being a part of their project. And you’re thinking that you might like to do the same… but you haven’t a clue where to even…