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Filmmaker Toolkit: Documentaries

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    How to Make a Documentary in North Korea Without Being Hassled

    Soon-Mi Yoo's feature debut, "Songs from the North," which aims to shed some light on the people of North Korea, was awarded the award for Best First Feature at the recent Locarno International Film Festival. Her very personal documentary essay stands out even in a festival as diverse and open to ex...

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    Attention Filmmakers: Sundance Institute is Bringing New Documentary ShortsLab to Los Angeles

    The Sundance Institute's inaugural short-form documentary lab will take place at the Cinefamily on September 13.

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    Here's How This First-Time Feature Director Found the Right 'Star' for Her Documentary

    In a guest post, first-time feature director Ava Warbrick explains why she was compelled to make a documentary about world championship surfer Stephanie Gilmore.

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    Reality Checks: The Challenges of Toronto's Documentary Market

    The upcoming Toronto International Film Festival contains a lot of promising non-fiction films. But will they get the attention they deserve?

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    How to Shoot a Crotch-Grabbing Bank Robber: Talking to the Directors of ‘The Dog’

    While "The Dog," the new documentary co-directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, is ostensibly about the bank robber immortalized by Al Pacino in Sidney Lumet's Academy Award-winning "Dog Day Afternoon," the real story is so much more.

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    Director Tracy Droz Tragos Compares Sundance-Winning 'Rich Hill' with 'Boyhood'

    At first glance, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," the narrative film which follows a boy (Ellar Coltrane) as he comes of age over a period of twelve years, and the new documentary "Rich Hill," about poverty in rural Missouri, have little in common, but director Tracy Droz Tragos can see the parallels.

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    The Downside of Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films

    What do documentary filmmakers think of measuring the social impact of their films? In a guest post for Indiewire, Alison Byrne Fields answers that question.

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    Here's Why Empathy is The Key to Good Storytelling

    In this guest post, the filmmakers of the forthcoming feature documentary, "My Country, No More" explain the importance of empathy in the storytelling process.

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    Here's What I Learned at Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab

    Indiewire recently invited filmmaker Jesse Moss, whose feature documentary "The Overnighters" premiered at Sunday earlier this year, to chronicle his experience participating in this year's Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Lab as a creative advisor.

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    Here's How 'Lost for Life,' A Powerful New Documentary About Juvenile Murder, Came Together

    Indiewire recently spoke with Jonathan Mark Harris and Joshua Rofé about collaborating on the powerful new documentary "Lost for Life."

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