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December 27, 2013 10:02 AM
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25 Documentary Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter

Kathleen Hanna and Sini Anderson in production on "The Punk Singer."

Recently, we've compiled lists of 40 Female Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter and 100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter, but we felt it was time to highlight some of our favorite documentary filmmakers on Twitter. It's an eclectic and impressive group responsible for some of our favorite documentaries, including, most recently, "Stories We Tell," "The Armstrong Lie," "Valentine Road," "The Act of Killing" and "The Punk Singer."

Note that this isn't a comprehensive list, but that all of these filmmakers are active on Twitter -- and whether they're promoting their own projects or debating the merits of various documentary techniques, these cinematic rabble-rousers are consistently informative, entertaining and engaging.

"If a Tree Falls” director Marshall Curry [Photo courtesy of the Sundance Institute]

If you're looking for tips about how to crowdfund your film, which festivals are best for documentaries or other insights into the doc world, don't just follow these folks, interact with them.

Feel free to add your favorite documentarians on Twitter in the comments below.

Here are 25 documentary filmmakers to follow on Twitter (in alphabetical order):

Sini Anderson @SiniAnderson

Joe Berlinger @joeberlinger

Doug Block @DougBlock

Billy Corben @BillyCorben

Marta Cunningham @martacunningha9

Marshall Curry @marshallcurry

Heidi Ewing @HeidiLoki

Alex Gibney @AlexGibneyFilm

Robert Greenwald @RobertGreenwald

Gary Hustwit @gary_hustwit

Read More: 10 Tips for Indie Filmmakers on Twitter

Barbara Kopple @barbarakopple

Albert Maysles @AlbertMaysles

Michael Moore @MMFlint

Joshua Oppenheimer @JoshuaOppenheim

Sarah Polley @SarahPolley

Ira Sachs @irasachs

Jeremy Scahill @jeremyscahill

Sarah Polley

AJ Schnack @ajschnack

Tiffany Shlain @tiffanyshlain

Read More: Awards Spotlight with 'Act of Killing' Director Joshua Oppenheimer

Morgan Spurlock @MorganSpurlock

Michele Stephenson @Michele0608

Ondi Timoner @onditimoner

Lucy Walker @LucyWalkerFilm

Alex Winter @alxwinter

Malika Zouhali Worrall @MalikaZW



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9 Comments

  • Movie Vigilante | March 30, 2014 6:03 PMReply

    @JayCheel should be on the list. If you haven't seen Beauty Day, you need to.

  • Aron | March 28, 2014 4:21 PMReply

    Kate Logan (Kidnapped For Christ): @KateSLogan

  • Jane | February 6, 2014 12:02 PMReply

    D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus! @PHFilms

  • Lucie | December 31, 2013 7:59 AMReply

    Oh yes, twitter only exists in the US. Always forget that.

  • tony macklin | December 30, 2013 11:02 PMReply

    Watch for Tony Vierra's new documentary on Kubrick. He's been working on it for more than ten years. C'mon, Tony, release it.

  • Palmer Enfield | December 27, 2013 4:50 PMReply

    We have some great twitter active award winning female Doc Filmmakers right here in Philadelphia such as Dafna Yachin @1Dafna with last year's Oscar qualifying film Digital Dharma and new film Tyrellbiggs dot com and Nadine Patterson @hipcineme, Her new film: tangomacbeth dot com. As well as others including Jude Ray and Barbara Attie, just to shout out a few!

  • Gil | December 27, 2013 5:31 AMReply

    Of course almost all US filmmakers, news flash indiewire there's a whole world out there

  • Lu | December 27, 2013 7:26 AM

    wonder if they're all white too.

  • JOANELLE ROMERO | December 26, 2013 11:07 PMReply

    plz visit: http://rednationfilmfestival.com/red-nation-documentaries/
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