Have you noticed
the renaissance of documentary filmmaking going on around
you? Some are inspired by the work of legendary directors
and cinematographers such as the Maysles brothers, D.A.
Pennabaker & Chris Hegedus, Errol Morris, or Ken Burns.
Others follow their own idols or simply set their own
course. Inexpensive video camera equipment and video editing
software have helped fuel this new wave of truth-tellers,
bringing the tools of the craft within reach of amateurs and
students, as well as independent journalists and filmmakers
on a budget.
In The Art of the Documentary, the directors, editors,
cinematographers, and producers behind today's most
thought-provoking nonfiction films reveal the thought
processes, methods, and collaborations that have guided
their efforts- from project conception to developing,
producing, shooting, editing, and releasing some of the
finest documentary films of recent decades.
This richly illustrated volume, which will appeal to
professional and aspiring filmmakers, as well as documentary
enthusiasts, features conversations with director Ken Burns
(The Civil War, Jazz, Baseball), director/cinematographer D
A Pennebaker (Dont Look Back, The War Room),
director/cinematographer Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey
Gardens), director Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin
Blue Line), director Chris Hegedus (Startup.com, Down from
the Mountain), editor Larry Silk (Pumping Iron, Wild Man
Blues), cinematographer Buddy Squires (The Civil War, Ram
Dass, Fierce Grace), director/producer Lauren Lazin (Tupac:
Resurrection, Journey of Dr. Dre), editor/director Paula
Heredia (The Vagina Monologues, In Memoriam: New York City,
9/11/01), director/cinematographer Kirsten Johnson
(Fahrenheit 9/11, Innocent Until Proven Guilty), and editor
Geof Bartz (Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, He's
Having a Baby). And with contributions by: Sheila Nevins,
President of HBO Documentaries and HBO Family, Carol
Dysinger, film editor and professor, NYU Film School, and
Haskell Wexler, cinematographer.