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113 – The Fundraising Houseparty For the Documentary Filmmaker

By Chris G Parkhurst | 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…

112 – Lean Team Documentary Filmmaking with Rustin Thompson

By Chris G Parkhurst | 08/22/2019 |

Ever noticed just how many barriers there seem to be to this documentary filmmaking thing?  Funding. Equipment. Live pitch presentations. Distribution platforms. You name it, everywhere you turn as a doc filmmaker, there seems to be something keeping you from actually doing the thing that matters most to you. But what if there was a way…

111 – The Doc Filmmaker’s Money Mindset & Blue Collar Filmmaking

By Chris G Parkhurst | 08/08/2019 |

So many of us doc filmmakers think that we’ll never make any money from our films. Or that we’re incapable of raising money for them. And that’s wrong. There is actually no reason that any of us should assume that those statements are true. This is all about our money mindset! You see, a lot of us…

110 – Melbourne Documentary and Chasing the Jet Stream

By Chris G Parkhurst | 07/25/2019 |

So many doc filmmakers are doing the one person crew documentary. For many, it’s a necessary evil due to financial constraints of the doc filmmaker. But for some, like doco Claudio von Planta, it’s the preferred way of shooting his films. And it also just so happens to be the reason that he’s been hired on…

109 – Make Great Documentaries From Where You Are with Billy Corben

By Chris G Parkhurst | 07/12/2019 |

How many times have you been approached by a friend or family member with another “great idea for a documentary”, when they find out that you’re a doc filmmaker?  Well, if you’re anything like Miami doc filmmaker, Billy Corben – director behind such docs as Cocaine Cowboys, ESPN 30 for 30’s The U, and now…

108 – Maiden and Archival Storytelling with Alex Holmes

By Chris G Parkhurst | 06/28/2019 |

Ever wonder what it might be like to discover a treasure trove of archival footage that lay untouched for over thirty years for your documentary film? That’s exactly what happened for veteran BBC and multi-award winning filmmaker, Alex Holmes on his latest film, Maiden, a documentary about 26 year old Tracy Edwards who set out to skipper…

107 – Meta Filmmaking and Framing John DeLorean

By Chris G Parkhurst | 06/14/2019 |

When filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce met, it was a match in doc filmmaking heaven. Their first documentary film, The Art of the Steal, was a Netflix hit that would lead them to their next doc projects, and ultimately to their lives as full-time documentary filmmakers. Their current film, Framing John DeLorean, blurs the lines between fiction…

106 – Making a Documentary Series in China with Dominic Johnson-Hill

By Chris G Parkhurst | 05/31/2019 |

Entrepreneur, Dominic Johnson-Hill, has just spent the last year traveling China and presenting for the documentary series, Seasons of China. But the journey to becoming one of China’s most recognizable tv presenters was a unique one, and certainly not without its challenges. When Dominic Johnson-Hill traveled the world in the early 90s, China was just supposed…

105 – Doug Block and The D-Word

By Chris G Parkhurst | 05/24/2019 |

Doug Block has made a living out of the personal documentary style, including films like Home Page, 51 Birch Street, and The Kids Grow Up. He is also the pioneer behind one of the largest online documentary filmmaking communities, The D-word, which has just recently had its twentieth anniversary. Topics Discussed how the one-person crew is tailor-made for…

104 – Crowdfunding Your Documentary Film with John Trigonis

By Chris G Parkhurst | 05/17/2019 |

Few people know the crowdfunding game like John Trigonis. He is considered to be one of the leading experts in the game. And with good reason, since he has been leading some of the most impressive crowdfunding campaigns for film companies and independent filmmakers over the past decade, worked for Indiegogo, and authored the veritable bible on…