Desktop Documentaries with Filmmaker Faith Fuller

On this International Podcast Day (yes, there is such a thing!), it’s only appropriate to bring you another installment to our monthly conversations with documentary industry people. This time out, I spoke with documentary filmmaker (Briars in the Cotton Patch) and founder of Desktop Documentaries, Faith Fuller.


I’ve been following the Desktop Documentary website for a couple of years. The site is a wonderful all-encompassing resource for documentary filmmakers. Desktop Documentaries has been a passion project for Fuller and it’s grown leaps and bounds since it’s inception, nearly a decade ago. Recently, it underwent a massive re-brand and overhaul of the site, including the just-released Documentary Filmmaking Learning Center.


Among other things, Faith and I talked about how her tv news reporting and then her video producing for world re-nowned humantiarian organisation Habitat for Humanity International, best set her up for success in the documentary film world. We also discussed her EMMY award-winning doc, Briars in the Cottonpatch, including the importance of connections with one’s subjects and how documentary filmmaking transforms who we are are as human beings.


And of course, as we always do with these monthly conversations, we delved a bit into how Faith herself lives and leads her own documentary life!


Related Resources

As mentioned in the show, Faith and Desktop Documentaries have just released the brand new Documentary Filmmaking Learning Center. I encourage you to try out the platform FOR FREE with the brand new Documentary Starter Kit Mini-Course.


One of the great new features is direct access Q&A’s with the course instructor to help guide you through the filmmaking process. Plus everything can now be accessed with one simple login.



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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.


  1. Faith Fuller on 10/03/2016 at 7:54 PM

    Thanks Chris for this great interview. You pulled information out of me that I hadn’t thought about in years! (the sign of a great interviewer) 😉 You are providing an amazing service to the documentary community. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story and I look forward to learning from your future podcasts!

    • thedocu5 on 10/03/2016 at 8:03 PM

      It was an absolute honour, Faith! Thank YOU for agreeing to come on the show. I’m happy to share the resources & knowledge & inspiration that you and the Desktop Documentaries website have for the documentary community.

  2. Barbara Reina on 10/04/2016 at 9:36 PM

    Thank you for sharing such a motivating interview.
    Faith Fuller was a great choice to feature for her genuine interest in
    people and truly practical website & courses. My business and
    work continue to grow because of her true to life advice.
    Gracias por todo!

    • thedocu5 on 10/04/2016 at 9:40 PM

      Hi Barbara!

      Thank you for the kind words. I’m excited for the direction that the podcast is headed, and guests like Faith only amplify my joy to be doing this! I agree, she is a natural fit for this program and I’m eager to have her on again the near future (we’re cooking something up for before the new year). I hope you’ll continue listening to the show, Barbara. Are you a filmmaker yourself? If so, what are you working on and where are you working on it from? Thank you!

    • Faith Fuller on 10/04/2016 at 9:49 PM

      Gosh, Barbara. Thank you! What a kind and lovely thing to say. Thank you for taking a moment to share that! <3

  3. Aaron on 10/05/2016 at 7:05 AM

    This was a great podcast. I learned so much. Thank you. I actually already receive emails from Faith on a regular basis.

    • thedocu5 on 11/17/2016 at 11:50 PM

      That’s fantastic, Aaron. Faith is indeed an exceptional resource. Thank you for listening to The Documentary Life podcast. If I might take a moment of your time… what, if anything, would you like to hear on this show in the future?

      Thank you, Aaron!

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