I first got my start in documentary back in 2003. It was in the country of Cambodia – a country I knew very little about. I had been hired on as the sound person – a…

How to Fund Your Film: The Individual Donor An often overlooked aspect of film funding is the individual donor.  Which is kind of surprising, given that statistics tend to show that 50 percent (and sometimes…

5 (More) Reasons to Make Your Documentary Film If you are like so many of us doc filmmakers, there have been numerous times where you have questioned or doubted whether or not you should or…

Minding the Gap with Director, Bing Liu Every once in awhile a young filmmaker comes out of nowhere and takes the doc world by storm.  And this year that name seems to be Bing Liu….

5 Tips for Your Film Festival Strategy Last week, #doclifer Josh Davidsburg took advantage of the TDL Hotline and left a message with us asking about advice for a film festival strategy.  Not only did we…

3 Tips for Documentary Distribution Online   You just finished your documentary. These have been enlightening years of research and pre-production. You and your team invested money and concentration during several weeks of shooting to…

Learning to Breath with Documentary Photography with Alison Wright Alison Wright has been traveling and working in 150 countries and doing documentary photography for 35+ years.  She is one of the single most impressive human…

Talking Directing and Development with Three Identical Strangers director, Tim Wardle One of the biggest documentary hits of the summer has been Tim Wardles’ Three Identical Strangers, a film that follows the incredible true story of…

5 Reasons to Make an iPhone Documentary More and more documentary filmmakers are joining the growing ranks of mobile filmmakers and picking up their iPhones to shoot their next doc.  Back in December, we first…

Maximizing Your Doc Life with Pedram Shojai, OMD Pedram Shojai has been embodying the doc life now for years. In fact, one might argue that he was doing so even before he was making documentaries,…