96 – Short Your Way to a Feature with Jon Kasbe

By Chris G Parkhurst | 10/26/2018 | 0 Comments

Jon Kasbe may not be a name that you are familiar with… yet. Unless you are intricately connected to film festivals or an avid follower of short documentary films, you may not know of this filmmaker’s work.   But he’s most certainly someone that you will soon know, quite possibly with his first feature doc,…

95 – America to Steve James

By Chris G Parkhurst | 10/19/2018 | 0 Comments

Steve James is one of the most recognizable names in documentary.  Many of us #doclifers have been inspired by his films and the way in which he makes them.  He was on TDL back on the eve of the Academy Awards for his doc, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.  Not surprisingly, Steve had some great insight into…

94 – Documentary Film Distribution with Jon Reiss

By Chris G Parkhurst | 10/12/2018 | 0 Comments

No one knows documentary film distribution in quite the way that film distro wizard, Jon Reiss does.  The founder of Hybrid Cinema and author of film distribution Bible, Think Outside the Box Office joined us for this week’s episode of TDL.  And it was one of the most engaging, honest looks at film distribution out there!  …

93 – The Full-time Doc Filmmaker, with Mat Hames

By Chris G Parkhurst | 10/05/2018 | 0 Comments

Mat Hames is one of the few, fortunate ones in our doc world that makes his entire living doing his passion of documentary film. Whether it is through he and his wife’s company, Alpheus Media, or through Rooster Teeth’s RT Docs, Hames has been making documentary films non-stop for well over a decade now. Of…

92 – How to Fund Your Film: The Individual Donor

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/28/2018 | 0 Comments

An often overlooked aspect of film funding is the individual donor.  Which is kind of surprising, given that statistics tend to show that 50 percent (and sometimes more) make up the overall funding for doc filmmakers.  Amidst, all of the dialogue and concentration on other, sometimes more obvious, avenues of fundraising like crowdfunding, grant funding,…

91 – Doc Filmmakers Getting Real, with Claire Aguilar

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/21/2018 | 0 Comments

Getting Real is a biennial conference put on by International Documentary Association (IDA) to foster three days of documentary media discussion, with documentary filmmaker’s sustainability at the core of its discussion.  Along with the theme of sustainability, the 2018 conference will see the themes of transparency and creativity being added to the discussion.   At…

90 – 5 (More) Reasons to Make Your Documentary Film

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/14/2018 | 0 Comments

If you are like so many of us doc filmmakers, there have been numerous times where you have questioned or doubted whether or not you should or perhaps even could make a documentary film.  There are even seasoned filmmakers with multiple docs to their resume who still question whether or not they are the right…

89 – Minding the Gap with Director, Bing Liu

By Chris G Parkhurst | 09/07/2018 | 0 Comments

Every once in awhile a young filmmaker comes out of nowhere and takes the doc world by storm.  And this year that name seems to be Bing Liu.   And his doc Minding the Gap seems to be all over the place these days. Bing’s film won the Sundance 2018 Jury for Breakthrough Filmmaking. He…

88 – 5 Tips for Your Film Festival Strategy

By Chris G Parkhurst | 08/31/2018 | 0 Comments

Last week, #doclifer Josh Davidsburg took advantage of the TDL Hotline and left a message with us asking about advice for a film festival strategy.  Not only did we answer his question and offer up some suggestions, but we took it a step further and decided to make a full-blown episode on the topic!   I…

87 – Learning to Breath with Documentary Photography with Alison Wright

By Chris G Parkhurst | 08/24/2018 | 0 Comments

Alison Wright has been traveling and working in 150 countries and doing documentary photography for 35+ years.  She is one of the single most impressive human beings that you may ever meet.  She has lived more in her life than most of us will if we lived to 100.  Though if not for the kindness…