Talking Documentary

Talking Documentary

Do you love documentaries? Join me for a series of conversations with documentarians who discuss this exploding genre of film. You'll learn how talented creators find great stories and how they bring them to life on screens around the world.

Justin Schein faces an unthinkable dilemma in "Left on Purpose"
October 04, 202100:42:1538.61 MB

Justin Schein faces an unthinkable dilemma in "Left on Purpose"

Justin Schein is a veteran filmmaker who has worked with scores of documentary subjects, but nothing could prepare him for an aging yippee named Mayer Vishner. Schein thought he was making a documentary about Vishner’s life. Vishn...

Joe Brandmeier hits the road to interview married couples in "I Do?"
August 20, 202100:45:0141.14 MB

Joe Brandmeier hits the road to interview married couples in "I Do?"

Joe Brandmeier was an average married guy who accepted the ups and downs of being coupled. But then a particularly tough patch in his marriage prompted him to think more deeply about the institution. Brandmeier became deeply curio...

Pamela Littky spends 10 years following kids voted "Most Likely to Succeed."
July 23, 202100:30:5328.22 MB

Pamela Littky spends 10 years following kids voted "Most Likely to Succeed."

Hollywood photographer Pamela Littky was overtaken by a nagging curiosity ... what happens, she wondered, to the thousands of kids named Most Likely to Succeed in high schools all across America? Littky embarked on her first docum...

Jesse Alk explores Kolkata's mysterious native dogs in "Pariah Dog"
June 26, 202100:53:0848.55 MB

Jesse Alk explores Kolkata's mysterious native dogs in "Pariah Dog"

Jesse Alk's father, Howard, was a documentarian who died when Jesse was a child. Decades later, Jesse wound up retracing his father's footsteps to Kolkata, India, where Howard had documented West Bengali musicians in the early '70...

Dani Connor Wild discovers she's a filmmaker while locked down in northern Sweden
June 02, 202100:34:2931.48 MB

Dani Connor Wild discovers she's a filmmaker while locked down in northern Sweden

Dani Connor Wild was volunteering for a wildlife photographer in northern Sweden when the Covid pandemic descended and locked her in place. For the next six months she lived alone in a town of 20 mostly elderly residents and found...

Michael Lucid goes back to school to tell the story of "Dirty Girls"
May 03, 202100:19:1544.07 MB

Michael Lucid goes back to school to tell the story of "Dirty Girls"

In 1996, Michael Lucid was a senior at the Crossroads school in Santa Monica, California. He noticed a social phenomenon that had the school buzzing and wanted to know more. So he grabbed a camcorder and began documenting a group ...

Pat Taggart unearths the story of a lifetime in "Billboard Boys"
March 31, 202100:37:5486.64 MB

Pat Taggart unearths the story of a lifetime in "Billboard Boys"

In 1982, three young men from Allentown, Pa., climbed aboard a billboard in a competition to win an $18,000 mobile home. Times were tough, owning a home was an inaccessible dream, and the three competitors were determined to win. ...

Tommy Avallone stalks a legend in "The Bill Murray Stories"
March 19, 202100:29:4868.17 MB

Tommy Avallone stalks a legend in "The Bill Murray Stories"

The internet is awash in what are known as "Bill Murray stories." Murray crashing a bachelor party. Bill Murray joining a random kickball game. Bill Murray washing a stranger's dishes. Tommy Avallone traveled to two continents to ...

Jeremy Workman tracks an obsessive pedestrian in "The World Before Your Feet"
March 04, 202100:45:41104.49 MB

Jeremy Workman tracks an obsessive pedestrian in "The World Before Your Feet"

When Jeremy Workman learned his friend, Matt Green, planned to walk every street in New York City, Workman did what any sensible filmmaker would do: he grabbed his camera and followed along. Three years and 600 hours of footage la...

How Daniel Weinshenker became "The Story Whisperer"
February 17, 202100:34:4079.28 MB

How Daniel Weinshenker became "The Story Whisperer"

Daniel Weinshenker is a poet and creative writer whose literary journey has led him to a new and unexpected artform—helping ordinary people document their lives through digital storytelling. The stories that ensue are tiny documen...