HBO is premiering a new doc on the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that sparked the modern Labor Movement. I was very struck with this story when I first read it in a third or fourth grade history book. You learn a hundred little lessons along the way, but this story always stuck with me. And now some 30+ years later I work a block away from this very building, so the story has even more personal resonance.Read More
On the next Special Oscar Edition of The Double Down Film Show we’ll feature an exclusive interview with Josh Fox, the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Gasland which explores the controversial and little-known practice of hydraulic gas fracturing or “fracking” and how it’s threatening America’s water supply.
Shot in just over a year, Gasland began as a personal documentary about an issue affecting the Fox family’s Pennsylvania home. In the year’s time since it’s initial release the film has won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, been picked up by HBO, sparked a recent hearing in congress and is now a hot contender for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Barry Hampe, the author of the documentary book, Making Documentary Films and Videos (2nd. Edition) gave his endorsement of The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide in a post on the International Documentary Association’s website, Documentary.org . I should take this occasion to return the favor and point out that Barry’s book is also an [...]Read More
Tonight on a special EXPANDED edition of The Double Down Film Show we’ll be sharing a private webinar originally given for Turn Here Productions that gives some key tips and tricks to documentary and corporate production. How do you get good documentary “performances” from “real people”? What can you do in low light situations? What [...]Read More
Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know about an event coming up this Friday, May 2nd sponsored by DCTV and Shooting People. If you are a docmaker in NYC you need to drag your butt out of the house and attend this event. DCTV (Downtown Community Television) is a unique filmmaking [...]Read More