Doc Soup: “Collapse” – Are We Doomed?
We’re doomed! I’m not even talking about that mess up in Massachusetts. I’m talking big-time, end-of-civilization, DOOMED. That, at least, is the message delivered by Collapse, a documentary that came out last year, directed by Chris Smith (The Yes Men, American Movie). The film got limited attention, and can now be see on movies-on-demand on […]
Doc Soup: The Wallace Foundation and “The Principal Story”
Independent journalist Tom Roston checks in and writes about the world of documentaries in his column, Doc Soup. I continue here my exploration into foundations funding documentaries with a discussion with The Principal Story‘s Tod Lending, a director who pretty much won the doc filmmakers’ sweepstakes with a giant grant from Chicago’s Wallace Foundation. Doc […]
Outside the Frame: First-Person Recession Part 2
Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame. Read Part 1 of this series on how Americans are documenting their recession experiences online. This week, I set out to see how professional news websites are integrating user-generated content into their recession […]
Outside the Frame: First-Person Recession
Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame. Back in the Great Depression, newspapermen (and I do mean men) were the only ones documenting the economic crisis and its effects — unless you count the private diaries of private citizens. Today, […]