Doc director AJ Schnack has a bone to pick with the Academy’s documentary branch.
This year, the Academy and the IDA stand on tired notions of righteous causes. They, along with organizations such as Full Frame, believe that nonfiction exists first and foremost to shine light on the great issues. And while the social justice tradition has and always will (and should) exist in nonfiction, many of us believe in nonfiction filmmaking as more than a teaching tool, as something that can be entertaining, as something that can be artistic, as something that can push stylistic boundaries, as something that can reveal the human condition, as something that can be as rival narrative as a filmgoing experience.
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