• From Elizabeth Lo's 'Stray.' Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Zaylin, one of the dogs featured in Elizabeth Lo's 'Stray,' sits in the meridian of an Istanbul boulevard watching the cars pass by.
    March 3, 2021
    Istanbul has a special relationship with their street dogs. It’s not merely tolerance; it’s collective care. Elizabeth Lo discovered this after the death of her childhood pet prompted her to examine how cultures around the world act towards the canine creatures with whom mankind has evolved. Thus was born Stray, a feature documentary that gets inside the life of one dog in particular, Zeytin, and shows how full of agency and rich with encounters her life is.
  • A young Dujuan Hoosan is sitting on a hill, looking pensively to his left. He is from the Arrernte Nation, group of Aboriginal Australian peoples from Central Australia.
    September 21, 2020
    Dujuan Hoosan is a precocious 10-year-old from Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia, considered a healer by his Arrernte tribe and a delinquent by his colonialist-minded school. For more than two years, Australian documentarian Maya Newell followed Dujuan, capturing both quotidian moments and broader patterns of racism, with special focus on the educational and juvenile detention systems.
  • Steven Garza, protagonist from Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine’s 'Boys State', addresses the audience at the Nationalists Run-Off Debates.
    August 13, 2020
    When shooting vérité, Jesse Moss is typically a one-man-band. But his latest film—codirected with his wife, Amanda McBaine—demanded a full orchestra. Boys State required 28 crew members, to be exact, including an octet of cinematographers.
  • March 10, 2020
    Documentary filmmakers have to be ready for anything. As the saying goes, the minute you put down the camera, the most amazing thing happens. In
  • December 20, 2018 @

    A thirty-year veteran in the documentary field, Kirsten Johnson has received numerous accolades for her documentary films, Derrida, Darfur Now, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and the widely acclaimed film Cameraperson. Johnson has worked with a wide range of...

  • October 12, 2018
    I work as both a cinematographer and a director/cinematographer; I find the latter to be especially challenging. I need to be able to have the tools
  • August 30, 2018
    Don't let these photos of gear fool you. Over the course of my nearly three-decade-long career, I have almost never brought the same gear on a shoot
  • July 16, 2018 @

    In a career that spans over 45 years, Joan Churchill has made her mark as one of the most influential cinematographers working in documentary film today. Early in her career, Joan shot groundbreaking films that helped define the style of vérité filmmaking, such as Gimme Shelter, with...

    IDA Conversation Series: Joan Churchill

Pages