- The Stories Documentary Archives Tell
Sometimes the coolest film discoveries lurk in dusty cardboard filing boxes.
- Exhibit Highlights 50 years of Kartemquin Films History
Is the personal political? Kartemquin Films retrospective engages visitors on this crucial question.
- A Simple Question Belies Depths in 'The Jinx'
Sometimes an interview question seems so simple that it belies the cultural depths that inform it.
- Constructing Conversations about Race in 'Trick Bag'
How Kartemquin Films' 1974 short 'Trick Bag' illuminated the intersectionalities of race and class.
- The Challenges of Getting and Staying 'In the Game'
In the Game makes an important contribution to girls' sports documentary with its balanced approach to representing a team and life.
- The Ragged Edge: An Interview with Matt Sienkiewicz
"When you start a documentary like this, you don't know until the very end whether or not you have a story."
- Three Docs on Ice: Science, Spectacle, and Storytelling
Three recent documentaries address glaciers and climate change with differing focus on science, spectacle and storytelling.
- Teaching Op-Docs: Course Wrap-Up and Reflections
A look back on using The New York Times Op-Doc series as the focus for a course in online documentary production.
- Teaching Op-Docs: Helpful Resources
Some key resources, both online and in print, that helped develop materials for The New York Times Op-Docs curriculum.
- Teaching Op-Docs: Course Assignments
Following a semester of teaching online documentary production through the Op-Docs series, this post offers a round-up of the assignments used in the course.
- 'Hard Earned' Shows the Challenges of Making a Living and a Life
An upcoming documentary series from Kartemquin Films tells stories about people working to make a living and working to make a life following the economic recession.
- Teaching Op-Docs: Sound and Observation in Hotel 22
Elizabeth Lo's short film (and New York Times Op-Doc) Hotel 22 became the focus for a session about sound in documentary.
- Teaching Op-Docs: Fairness and Representation
Not all documentary characters are represented as heroes, and nor should they be.
- A Curious App to Consume, Sort Of
The Notions+ The Notions+ “Our Curious Culture of Consumption” is an iPad app that brings together a series of materials about the ideas of consuming and being consumed. Co-publishers Heather McKenzie and Elaine Symanski curate photographs, illustrations, videos, a song, a poem, and mostly essays. Some contributions are reflective, some humorous, and some prescriptive. “Our […]
- Teaching Op-Docs: The Role of B-Roll
As a viewer, I pay too much attention to B-roll. One reason is that B-roll is often intercut with interviews, and it changes the dynamics of movement within the frame.
- Teaching Op-Docs: Finding Ideas for Documentaries
"Where do you get ideas for documentaries?" is the number one question I have received through comments and conversations over the years. Here are some starting points to consider.
- Teaching Op-Docs: Women's Stories and Issues
A handful of the shorts appearing in the Op-Docs series focuses specifically on women and their stories, and this post offers a round-up of some of those stories.
- Watching Kartemquin Films
Kartemquin Films has a strong Chicago connection, and many of its documentaries are about the city and its people in some way.