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Reality Ink

A review of 'Documenting the Documentary'
The construction of subjectivity in first-person documentary is given serious consideration in The Cinema of Me: The Self and Subjectivity in First
A review of the new book from Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein and Sharon Wood.
The Feeling of Being There: A Filmmaker's Memoir By Richard Leacock Edited by Valerie LaLonde Semeion Editions, 2011: 357 pages with black and white
The pioneering American filmmaker William Greaves (1926–2014) produced, directed, shot, and edited more than 100 experimental, documentary, and social issue–based films. His four Emmy nominations cap a lifetime as a successful songwriter, dancer, and actor; he was a member of the Actors Studio and had featured roles in independent, Black-cast movies of the late 1940s.
Australian filmmaker and academic Lisa French’s latest book, The Female Gaze in Documentary Film—An International Perspective, published by Palgrave Macmillan, shoulders the fairly exacting responsibility of deconstructing the female gaze in documentaries. French’s research finds that women find it easier to gather funding for documentaries as opposed to fiction, owing to smaller budgets and crews involved. This fact sets the premise for her inquiry.
Kill the Documentary is a brilliant, angry book. An honest book. A brave book. Guggenheim Fellow and award-winning filmmaker Jill Godmilow has written a stirring call to arms in a form she calls “a letter.” I rather agree with Bill Nichols, who writes in the foreword that he prefers to call it “a manifesto.”
The overwhelming interest in the first Flaherty book and the comments received by MacDonald and Zimmermann from those who had actually "been there" painted a much fuller picture of the impact The Flaherty Seminar had made on them.
In Their Own Words: Documentary Masters Vol. 1, written by Alex Heeney, Elena Lazic and Brett Pardy, is a compact eBook from Seventh Row that is
What was the first documentary film you saw that shifted something within you? That helped you see an issue differently? Changed your behavior