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 the eve of the release of her latest HBO Documentaries film, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements.

Topics Discussed

  • the profound nature of using documentary as a form of cultural currency
  • how documentary filmmakers are often viewed as altruistic people, but we may be telling these stories for our own self-interest
  • making doc films with your family as main subjects
  • the importance of making the audience the hero of your story


Additional Resources

Watch a trailer for Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements


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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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