- 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.
- Video Slideshow: Presidential Documentaries Released in Election Years
View video from some of the most influential and controversial documentaries released in the midst of U.S. presidential campaigns.
- POV & Firelight Media Summit: Sustaining a Career as a Public Media Maker
Firelight Media's Shoshone Johnson recaps a day of practical advice for documentary film producers, held at POV's office on Friday, February 17, 2012.
- '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.
- Sundance 2012: Those Lusterless Celebrity Documentaries
With Sundance kicking off this Thursday, guest blogger Edward J. Delaney sounds off on his wariness of documentaries made by celebrities who seem to jump into the genre out of nowhere.
- With New Documentary Requirements, Oscar Is Just Being Oscar
Heather McIntosh talks with Michael Moore about the new process for documentary Oscar eligibility, and rounds up the flurry of commentary about the changes in the film press.
- 12 Small-Town Documentary Film Festivals for 2012
A roundup of the nation's best small-town film festivals (with populations less than 100,000) for escaping the crowds, paparazzi and hype.
- Documentary Year in Review Countdown #11: Michael Moore Sues the Weinsteins over 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Accounting
POV is counting down the top documentary stories of 2011 on New Year's Eve 2012.
- Where Are the First-Person Women Documentarians?
With Tiffany Shlain's personal documentary Connected wrapping up its theatrical run, Doc Soup Man Tom Roston asks why the best known first-person documentarians are men.
- Doc Soup: The 10 Most Unforgettable Moments in Documentary History
Independent journalist Tom Roston checks in with a list of moments that remind us why we love documentaries. What would top your list?
- Finding Depth in Documentary Film
Guest blogger Edward J. Delaney distinguishes between 'art' and 'craft' in documentary film and singles out James March (Man on Wire, Project Nim) as being as close to an artist as anyone working in the form today.
- The Fate of Documentary?
In a response to a New York Press essay about the current state of documentaries, guest blogger Heather McIntosh of Documentary Site offers a second view, that documentaries are thriving and always have.
- Looking Forward to 2011
Another year is upon us so let’s look forward to 2011 for the most exciting and intriguing things that’ll be happening in the documentary world. Here are five that are on my radar: 5) The Launch of OWN The Oprah Winfrey Network means a whole new outlet for doc material but there’s even more here. […]
- 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: The Top 10 Most Powerful People in the Documentary World
Ah, the irony of creating a power list for people in an industry where everyone feels so powerless. And yet, however small the spoils and anemic the troops, there’s no denying that within the doc kingdom, there is a hierarchy of power. My previous two posts have led up to this, a ranking of the […]
- Doc Soup: Announcing a New Series: What Ever Happened to… ?
What ever happened to the boys — now, men — from Hoop Dreams? Where did Little Edie, now deceased, end up after Grey Gardens? Are any of those old guys from Brother’s Keeper still kicking? If you have ever found yourself asking any of these, or similar, questions, then I’m here to help. I want […]
- Doc Soup: Docs of 2009: The Year in Review
As another year comes to a close, we have another opportunity to look back at what was. It is also, of course, the end of a decade, which is even more tempting to reflect upon — but let’s keep our eye on the recent past for a moment here. Just take a look at the […]
- Doc Soup: Oscar Short List
It’s head-scratching season again, which is to say: it’s Oscar time. Last week, the shortlist of 15 documentaries being considered for the five Academy Award nominations was announced. And, sure enough, there were some head-scratchers out there. The most confounding was the exclusion of Michael Moore‘s Capitalism. Sure, this further confirms what I said a […]