Category Archives: documentary film

Feature or Short: How to Decide

Never trust a clickbait headline like that from me. I never deliver. Or, rather, I deliver differently and usually over more than one post. Direct cinema — to at least some extent — is the commonality among my favorite feature … Continue reading

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Sometimes Stories Happen

The story of the story of Honeyland is interesting. The filmmakers were trying to film a documentary about the environment in North Macedonia when they discovered Hatidže Muratova and her mother living alone in a small mountain village. The plot … Continue reading

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Watching and Listening and Letting it Happen

I got a video camera in the mid 90s to capture the usual home-movie shenanigans when my child was born. I was nearing the end of my decade as a freelance magazine writer and photographer. Up to that point — … Continue reading

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What Does My List of Films Mean?

The films listed in my last post generally have one thing in common:  Each is an example of direct cinema to varying degrees. The Wikipedia definition is as good as any: Like the cinéma vérité genre, direct cinema was initially characterized by filmmakers’ … Continue reading

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My List of (insert adj. here) Documentary Films

If, for some strange reason, I’m in search of something to post on Twitter, I can always count on someone publishing a “best of” list of documentary films. These lists rarely change — each is, typically, a recounting of the … Continue reading

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