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Watch: How to Find Compelling Characters

Watch: How to Find Compelling Characters

How do you identify documentary subjects and foster trust with them?

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Paley Center for Media DocPitch Competition Now Accepting Entries

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Paley Center for Media DocPitch Competition Now Accepting Entries

The winning participant will receive a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms at…

Attention, Filmmakers: Apply to This Grant From Camden International Film Festival and Conservation Media Group

Attention, Filmmakers: Apply to This Grant From Camden International Film Festival and Conservation Media Group

Filmmakers or organizations have the chance to receive a grant for a video…

This Award-Winning Documentary Needs Your Help to Support Journalistic Freedom

This Award-Winning Documentary Needs Your Help to Support Journalistic Freedom

"(T)ERROR," which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year, is the…

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: 5 Tips for Shooting in Extreme Situations

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: 5 Tips for Shooting in Extreme Situations

"My passion for shooting equaled my passion for climbing," writes the…

Fair vs. Balanced: The Difference for This Documentary Filmmaker

Fair vs. Balanced: The Difference for This Documentary Filmmaker

Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry, director of "Point and Shoot,"…

Indiewire's Ultimate Guide to Documentary Filmmaking

Indiewire's Ultimate Guide to Documentary Filmmaking

Whether you have been making documentary films for years or are just startin…

Here's How This Hard-Hitting Documentary Made a Concrete Difference

Here's How This Hard-Hitting Documentary Made a Concrete Difference

"The stakes are high, and the participants have a goal they are trying to…

Here's How The Award-Winning 'HOMME LESS,' About a Homeless Former Model, Came to Life

Here's How The Award-Winning 'HOMME LESS,' About a Homeless Former Model, Came to Life

In his directorial debut former model and fashion photographer, Thomas…

How These Award-Winning Filmmakers Made an Incredibly Timely Historical Documentary

How These Award-Winning Filmmakers Made an Incredibly Timely Historical Documentary

Co-directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, "Best of Enemies" is…

Here's How This Director Used 3D Technology to Bring Marlon Brando to Life

Here's How This Director Used 3D Technology to Bring Marlon Brando to Life

In the new documentary "Listen to Me Marlon," filmmaker Stevan Riley unveils…

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: 6 Lessons from the Making of 'Shoah.'

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: 6 Lessons from the Making of 'Shoah.'

Thirty years after its release, Claude Lanzmann's documentary masterpiece…

Here's How This Filmmaker Made a Sundance Doc About an Online Affair Turned Thriller

Here's How This Filmmaker Made a Sundance Doc About an Online Affair Turned Thriller

"There was a fantastic story that needed to be told."

How a Series of New Music Documentaries is Shaking Up the Genre

How a Series of New Music Documentaries is Shaking Up the Genre

Through archival footage and voiceover interviews, a quartet of 2015 music…

10 Project of the Day Success Stories: Documentary Highlights

10 Project of the Day Success Stories: Documentary Highlights

From 'Peace Officer' to 'Olancho,' Indiewire's Project of the Day alumni…

140 Projects Selected for 2015 Project Forum at Independent Film Week

140 Projects Selected for 2015 Project Forum at Independent Film Week

Of the 140 projects that have been invited to participate in the annual…

'Cartel Land' Director on How to Insert Yourself Into Dangerous and Impossible Situations

'Cartel Land' Director on How to Insert Yourself Into Dangerous and Impossible Situations

From meth labs to conflict zones, filmmaker Matthew Heineman gained access…

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Don't Panic About Fair Use

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Don't Panic About Fair Use

Fair use is a legal theory and not a license. Yet, its use is widespread and…

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: 6 Tips for Getting Your Subject to Open Up on Camera

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: 6 Tips for Getting Your Subject to Open Up on Camera

"I've found ignorance is often a very effective place to come from as an…

Reality Checks: Is 'The Look of Silence' the Best Documentary of the Year?

Reality Checks: Is 'The Look of Silence' the Best Documentary of the Year?

The Joshua Oppenheimer sequel and festival favorite may have already…