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Beyond ‘Making a Murderer’: The Challenge Facing Documentary Mini-Series [Reality Checks]

Beyond ‘Making a Murderer’: The Challenge Facing Documentary Mini-Series [Reality Checks]

Popular non-fiction series on Robert Durst and O.J. Simpson are nonfiction…

Reality Checks: How the End of Al Jazeera America Will Affect Its Documentaries

Reality Checks: How the End of Al Jazeera America Will Affect Its Documentaries

Faced with the end of Al Jazeera America, the documentary community is…

Reality Checks: Is the Documentary Industry Unfair to Women?

Reality Checks: Is the Documentary Industry Unfair to Women?

A recent Facebook post on the topic has led to an onslaught of perspectives…

Reality Checks: 7 Great 2015 Documentaries Without Distribution

Reality Checks: 7 Great 2015 Documentaries Without Distribution

Why are these first-rate non-fiction efforts still in limbo?

Reality Checks: Oscar Doc Campaigns Have Become Fast, Costly and Out of Control

Reality Checks: Oscar Doc Campaigns Have Become Fast, Costly and Out of Control

While newcomers like Netflix and A24 pick up momentum, a network of…

Reality Checks: DOC NYC Lifts Oscar Contenders, But Why So Many Films?

Reality Checks: DOC NYC Lifts Oscar Contenders, But Why So Many Films?

With the sixth edition of the documentary festival kicking off this week, it…

Reality Checks: Is Toronto's Documentary Market About To Boom?

Reality Checks: Is Toronto's Documentary Market About To Boom?

There are a lot of documentaries heading to the festival this year without…

Reality Checks: Can 'Amy' Lead a Documentary Box Office Revival?

Reality Checks: Can 'Amy' Lead a Documentary Box Office Revival?

The acclaimed portrait of the late singer is the rare documentary to succeed…

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…

Reality Checks: Do Celebrity Supporters like Brad Pitt and Eva Longoria Actually Help Documentaries?

Reality Checks: Do Celebrity Supporters like Brad Pitt and Eva Longoria Actually Help Documentaries?

You know their names. But does that mean you'll buy tickets to the…

Reality Checks: How Hot Docs Helps Underappreciated Documentaries Find Life

Reality Checks: How Hot Docs Helps Underappreciated Documentaries Find Life

The Toronto festival doesn't just celebrate non-fiction cinema. It highlight…

Reality Checks: How Tribeca Became a Major Documentary Festival

Reality Checks: How Tribeca Became a Major Documentary Festival

While it may have a rough time competing for narrative features, Tribeca has…

Reality Checks: Documentaries Struggle For Relevance in Changing Times

Reality Checks: Documentaries Struggle For Relevance in Changing Times

At a recent event in Chicago, filmmakers expressed their frustration with…

Reality Checks: How 'The Hunting Ground' Can Change the Conversation About Campus Rape

Reality Checks: How 'The Hunting Ground' Can Change the Conversation About Campus Rape

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are back to make a difference with their latest…

Reality Checks: Here Are the Most Exciting Documentaries of the Year So Far

Reality Checks: Here Are the Most Exciting Documentaries of the Year So Far

The lineups for True/False and MOMA's Documentary Fortnight provide a…

Reality Checks: Here's the Problem With Sundance's Documentary Programming

Reality Checks: Here's the Problem With Sundance's Documentary Programming

Sundance offers plenty of great documentaries -- but not always in the most…

Reality Checks: How Rich People Are Influencing the Documentary World

Reality Checks: How Rich People Are Influencing the Documentary World

"Filmanthropists" are changing the game for many documentary filmmakers.

Reality Checks: How DOC NYC Became a Major Showcase for Non-Fiction Film

Reality Checks: How DOC NYC Became a Major Showcase for Non-Fiction Film

The festival wraps its fifth and most successful edition this week. Here's…

Is CPH:DOX Ruining Documentary Film or Saving It?

Is CPH:DOX Ruining Documentary Film or Saving It?

For 12 years, CPH: DOX has forged new ground in conversations about…

Reality Checks: Can 6 Great Docs Survive the Fall Oscar-Qualifying Crunch?

Reality Checks: Can 6 Great Docs Survive the Fall Oscar-Qualifying Crunch?

There's no shortage of great documentaries this fall -- but that might be…



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