- The Iran Job & Tips for Managing a Viral Fundraising Campaign
On Monday, a documentary about an American basketball player in Iran ended a 50-day campaign that generated $100,000 in donations at the buzzer on Kickstarter after major media hits with CNN, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. The Iran Job's Till Schauder tells Adam Schartoff how his team managed the campaign.
- Holiday Crowd-Fundraising Tips from 7 Documentary Insiders
The holiday season is no holiday for documentary producers looking to raise funds, but some documentarians say it's as good a time as any.
- 'The Greater Good' Takes Child Vaccination Skepticism to Big Screen
Idaho-based filmmakers Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaro tell guest blogger Adam Schartoff about their experiences challenging deep-rooted notions about vaccines and disease in their new documentary.
- Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan on the Post-9/11 Paul McCartney Doc 'The Love We Make'
Legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles reflects on what led him to become a vérité filmmaker and connections between his new doc and the seminal Salesman.
- November at Flaherty NYC
The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar's program of innovative docs continues for three more Wednesdays in November at New York City's 92YTribeca.
- DOC NYC 2011 Preview
New York's fall documentary festival is back for a second year, with galas Into the Abyss, Lemon and The Island President and a tribute to cinéma vérité pioneer Richard Leacock.
- 'Bombay Beach' Director Alma Har'el
Guest blogger Adam Schartoff talks with the director of Bombay Beach, a documentary that follows the inhabitants of a surreal community on the edge of California's Salton Sea who occasionally break into dance.
- Director Danfung Dennis on 'Hell and Back Again'
Danfung Dennis talks to blogger Adam Schartoff about how a documentary about combat in Afghanistan became a documentary about coming home from war, making the transition from photojournalist to filmmaker, and the impact of Tim Hetherington's death.
- 'Limelight' Director Billy Corben (Video)
The director of Cocaine Cowboys turns his focus on New York City club impresario Peter Gatien in his new documentary. In a video interview, Corben talks about finding and using dark humor in his films about serious subjects.
- Zachary Levy Shows Sensitive Side of 'Strongman'
The director of the self-distributed documentary (opening in New York City on Friday, September 23, 2011), talks about the film and his vérité influences.
- 2011 New York Film Festival Documentary Preview
Documentaries have been a staple of the New York Film Festival, the city's eclectic showcase of international auteurs, and 2011's edition (Sept. 30 to Oct. 16) is no exception.
- From Tragedy to 'Rebirth': Jim Whitaker's Post-9/11 Documentary, 10 Years in the Making
In the aftermath of 9/11, filmmaker Jim Whitaker followed five New Yorkers for years as they moved on from loss and physical injury. Whitaker talks to Adam Schartoff about Rebirth, which is in select theaters now and airs on Showtime on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
- 'Resurrect Dead' Director Jon Foy Tells the Sundance Story of his First Film
How does a confused first-time filmmaker get to Sundance and come back with its documentary directing prize? Adam Schartoff talks to Jon Foy about Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, on VOD now and opening Friday, September 2, 2011, in New York City.
- 'Senna' Director Asif Kapadia
Senna, the first documentary from BAFTA award-winning fiction film director Asif Kapadia, uses archival footage exclusively to create an enthralling tribute to Brazilian Formula One racing star Ayrton Senna. Kapadia discusses the film and countering the "reckless reputation" of its star.
- A Conversation with Steve James, Director of 'The Interrupters'
In his new documentary The Interrupters, director Steve James tells the story of three former gang members who "interrupt" violence in urban Chicago. James discusses the film, his multi-award-winning Hoop Dreams and what he's learned from following film subjects over years.
- Director Enters Rooftop Brawl after Screening of Wrestling Doc 'Fake It So Real'
Documentary lovers got a taste of pro wrestling, with some unusual participants, at a screening of Robert Greene's Fake It So Real in Brooklyn, New York.
- A Conversation with 'Tabloid' Director Errol Morris
Freelance journalist Adam Schartoff talks with Errol Morris about his new documentary Tabloid, how he knows journalists read his Twitter feed and the technology behind his intimate film interviews.
- BAMcinemaFEST 2011: Charlie Ahearn on 'Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer'
In a conversation with freelance journalist Adam Schartoff, Charlie Ahearn traces his history as an artist and filmmaker, from his classic hip-hop film Wild Style to his new film, Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer, which closes BAMcinemaFEST's 2011 documentary line-up in New York City this weekend.