documentary filmmaking

Sundance Institute supports truth-telling with documentary grants

Sundance Institute supports truth-telling with documentary grants

Newspapers are on their way out, and documentaries have taken the place of investigative journalism. That’s what our boss said in an interview with the BBC a few months back.

Which is why it’s especially significant that earlier this week, Sundance Institute announced the titles of 27 feature-length documentary films that will receive $490,000 in grants from its Documentary Film Program and Fund (DFP).

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program wraps up in China

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program wraps up in China

The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program | CNEX Workshop and Documentary Summit in Beijing end today, following four days (March 14-19) of programming designed to nurture documentary storytelling and encourage the diverse exchange of ideas. Ten Chinese documentary project teams from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan participated in the program, having been invited by DFP and CNEX staff.

Where photojournalism meets documentary filmmaking

Where photojournalism meets documentary filmmaking

I recently attended a lecture presented by the people behind MediaStorm, a multimedia studio based in New York but really based, well, online. MediaStorm is innovative in that it trains journalists in new storytelling opportunities on the web, as well as serves corporate clients, as well as engages in documentary projects for the web that combine still photography and video (see image above, a project on the new economic realities in the Midwest). Most of these have been created by seasoned photographers for whom video and sound are, er, ‘new’ tools. And indeed, it’s a whole new world out there. We can no longer understand photographers as those working with the still image when their cameras (see the Canon EOS 5D Mark II) no longer simply shoot stills. As the equipment moves more and more toward a single device that records both still and moving images, and beautifully so, the walls between disciplines continue to come down down down.

Update: Truth In Cinema: Docs At Sundance

Update: Truth In Cinema: Docs At Sundance

UPDATE: Brett Morgan’s Chicago 10 will be coming out in select theaters soon, catch up on more info about the film here [www.participantproductions.com].