Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Documentary About Documentaries

We're intrigued by this trailer for a documentary film about documentary films. It's called Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary, and features 33 influential filmmakers from 14 countries, including such luminaries as Albert Maysles, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog.

Can film capture reality? What ethical issues arise when portraying real lives? How does editing or music condition our emotional response to film? More than 100 clips enliven the discussion, offering a panoramic overview of contemporary documentary cinema.
It's directed by Pepita Ferrari and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, which has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5000 awards, including 12 Academy Awards®. The NFB was founded in 1939 by filmmaker John Grierson, who is credited with coining the term “documentary” in 1926.

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