When Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) released his first and most famous film "Nanook of the North" in 1922, the term ‘documentary’ had not yet been minted.
As an indie doc filmmaker, getting to the final stages of completing your film can be grueling. Ordinarily, you've spent months or years on a project. In fact, you know the characters in your film better than your own family. Then comes the financial strain as you struggle to...
Rob Layton has a niche: underwater mobile video. With the right gear and the right apps, Layton shoots, edits and shares entirely from a mobile device.
Much of documentary storytelling is about capturing footage of unfolding actuality — unscripted situations, events and natural interactions.
Ken Burns - Mark Twain,” 2001
In 2010's “Introduction to Documentary,” film educator and documentary consultant Bill Nichols distilled the types of documentaries down to six styles.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was so impressed by the films of Pare Lorentz the New Deal president referred to the pioneering doc maker as “my shooter.”
What's the difference between a documentary and a film that's based on a true story? Where is the line between documentary reenactment and dramatization? Which approach reveals more truth? Let's compare "Grey Gardens" the documentary and "Grey Gardens" the movie to try work through these questions.
Lauren Greenfield on set shooting with Canon camera. Photo Frank Evers
Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield aims to encourage and inspire women in documentary filmmaking and beyond.
I never went to film school and I never went to journalism school. Instead, about 20 years ago, I picked up a camera and dove headfirst into making my first documentary. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to make films. I've seen my independent documentaries receive national primetime broadcasts,...
Have you ever heard of Robert J. Flaherty?  He’s known as the “father” of documentary filmmaking (“Nanook of the North,” 1922). However, documentaries didn’t truly capture the attention of mainstream audiences until Michael Moore’s “Roger and Me” in 1989. Moore proved that you could make social change while making...