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.
Robert Greene returns to his roots to film pro wrestlers in "Fake It So Real"
October 26, 2022x
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01:05:0760.26 MB

Robert Greene returns to his roots to film pro wrestlers in "Fake It So Real"

Robert Greene is an award-winning filmmaker who directed the highly regarded Netflix documentary, "Procession." But at the dawn of the 2010s, Greene was only beginning to refine his voice and vision as a filmmaker. In 2011, Green...

Drew Xanthopolous leans on his humanity to enter the world of "The Sensitives"
September 28, 2022x
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01:17:1170.67 MB

Drew Xanthopolous leans on his humanity to enter the world of "The Sensitives"

Drew Xanthopolous was a young, unestablished filmmaker when he came across a New York Times photo essay that would launch his career—as well as change the next five years of his life. The essay documented the lives of people who ...

Elizabeth Lo captures the romance of urban dog life in "Stray"
November 15, 2021x
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00:31:5129.18 MB

Elizabeth Lo captures the romance of urban dog life in "Stray"

In the United States, stray dogs are not allowed to live on the street. They are whisked away to live in concrete cells. The approach is very different in some cities in Europe and Asia, where stray dogs are allowed to live freel...

Justin Schein faces an unthinkable dilemma in "Left on Purpose"
October 04, 2021x
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00:42:1538.61 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, 2021x
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00:45:5442.05 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, 2021x
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00:31:1828.68 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, 2021x
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00:54:3049.92 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, 2021x
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00:34:5331.94 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, 2021x
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00:19:1444.07 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, 2021x
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00:37:5186.64 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....