118 – Filming Behind Bars with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

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

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…

116 – Sculpture, Breast Cancer, and Documentary Film with Prune Nourry

How does one combine the expanse of one’s artistic works and their personal journey with breast cancer into their first documentary film?  This is what was on my mind as I spoke with French sculptor, installation artist, anthropologist, cancer survivor and now documentary filmmaker, Prune Nourry.   Topics Discussed how Prune Nourry brought her approach to…

115 – Email Marketing for the Documentary Filmmaker

What if there was a viable way for the independent documentary filmmaker to build and sustain an audience to support your doc films for the duration of your career?  And what if there was a straight forward way that you, the doc filmmaker, could do it without having to break the bank on marketing and promotion…

114 – Documentary Filmmaking Abroad with Edward Watts & Waad Al-Kateab

If you were subjected to daily bombardment from the air, you were entrenched in a make-shift hospital, and you’d just recently had a baby, would you still be able to pick up your camera and film events? Well, if you’re Syrian doc filmmaker, Waad Al-Kateab, you would. And she did, while living in the basement of…