Documentary Films? That's Entertainment!
Documentaries have started to assert that they, like their Hollywood cousins, can be more than simply 'engaging.' Doc Soup Man Tom Roston says they can be entertaining diversions too.
'More Than A Month' Channels Moore, Spurlock and Woody Allen in Journey to End Black History Month
Edward J. Delaney talks to director Shukree Tilghman about his tongue-in-cheek cross-country campaign (and documentary) to end Black History Month.
Doc Soup: Docs Takes Round One in the Nonfiction vs Fiction Death Match
The numbers are in. It may not be a knockout, but nonfiction is our Round One champ!
Doc Soup: Fiction vs. Nonfiction Death Match, Round One
It's a film showdown: fiction films versus documentaries. POV's Doc Soup Man Tom Roston and indieWIRE's Anne Thompson take their differences into the ring. Which side are you on?
Doc Soup: Filmmakers and Their Subjects
Documentary filmmakers use their subjects to make films. The subjects are sometimes unaware of how they are being used, so one could make the case that they are being exploited. One way to make up for that exploitation is for the filmmakers to compensate them as advocates or financially. Of course, if the filmmaker and […]
Doc Soup: Top 10 Doc Films with a Social Agenda
We’ve been talking a lot lately in the Doc Soup kitchen about really well made documentaries that actually effect change, so I’ve compiled a list of the Most Aesthetically Accomplished Documentary Films that Come with a Social Agenda. I’m not going to include war documentaries, although there happen to be several excellent ones (Operation Homecoming: […]
Doc Soup: What Happened to… Avijit from “Born into Brothels”
Avijit Halder at 11 years old. Photo from Kids with Cameras. It makes sense to me to start off the “What Happened to the Subject?” series with a child who starred in a documentary, because it seems to me that we can see greater changes than with an adult subject. And, boy, has Avijit Halder, […]
Doc Soup: The 10 Greatest Moments in Documentary Film, Part 2
Finally — the post that you’ve all been waiting for: my top 5 greatest doc moments. You’ll note that POV’s Ruiyan wins an honorable mention for beating me to the punch in the comments section from last week, with her admiration for Harlan County, USA. What a moment, eh? I agree, and had ranked it […]