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121 – Your Breakthrough Year and #Doclifer, Josh Davidsburg

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!

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

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

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

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…