'Dis(honesty) – The Truth About Lies' Reveals How and Why We Lie
A smart, accessible documentary that brings the research of Dan Ariely from lab to screen. And, are filmmakers liars? Doc Soup Man Tom Roston talks with director Yael Melamede about the ethical tangles of making docs.
Teaching Op-Docs: Fairness and Representation
Not all documentary characters are represented as heroes, and nor should they be.
Next on POV: After Tiller
A probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions. Watch it Monday on PBS, and join the discussion with the filmmaker and experts.
Watch 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' Online as POV Marks the Pentagon Papers' Big 4-0
POV is marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of Pentagon Papers with a special opportunity to watch The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers online.
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: In Search of the Honest Truth About Docs and Ethics
Leave it to The New York Times to fail to get the facts straight. Or, rather, to presume that there’s such a thing as an immutable fact and that its journalists have the rarified ability to relay facts without prejudice. No documentary filmmaker worth his or her salt would ever make such a claim, but […]
Doc Soup: Women's Rights vs. Animal Rights?
There's an unwritten mandate woven into the fabric of most documentary films: to edify and to make the world a better place. That's usually a pretty straightforward proposition. Docs that champion the needy, marginalized and dispossessed connect audiences to many important social causes...
Looking Back at Full Frame '08
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, April 6th with the traditional North Carolina barbeque awards ceremony. The first Full Frame since Nancy Buirski stepped down as director featured a streamlined, more user-friendly ticketing process, new venues and a greater diversity of student fellows from colleges and universities around the […]
Doc Soup: Do Docs Hurt the Worker Bees to Get at the Queen?
I’ve got collateral damage on my mind. And I’m not thinking about what’s happening in Iraq — what’s bothering me is the potential path of hurt that documentary films themselves might leave behind in their wake. Believe me, I know that documentaries do the world good. Through their social activism, political advocacy and plain ol’ […]