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  Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film
Documentary film dates back to the last decades of the nineteenth century and has been practiced since then in every region of the world.
Diverse in form and subject matter, documentary film can have many missions as well, at times created to inform, intrigue, teach, enlighten, convert, outrage, accuse, and also to serve as perfect propaganda.
Bringing together all aspects of documentary film, this accessible three volume set is an essential and comprehensive resource for scholars, students, and the interested general reader.
www.routledge-ny.com /ref/documentary/index.html   (502 words)

  
  Documentary Resource
Today the word 'documentary' is used to describe any film or programme which includes some factual element, from investigative programmes on child abuse or illegal immigration to 'fly on the wall' documentaries such as 'Airport'.
In essence such films were supposed to be a record of 'real people' and their activities in which there was an attempt to capture the truth of their lives and experiences.
Most of these film makers also believed that their films should serve society by revealing to the general public the plight of the poor, the dispossessed or the badly housed.
www.filmeducation.org /secondary/Documentary.html   (1587 words)

  
  Documentary film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the intent to remain factual or non-fictional.
An important early film to move beyond the concept of the scenic was In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914), which embraced primitivisim and exoticism in a staged story presented as truthful re-enactments of the life of Native Americans.
The newsreel tradition is an important tradition in documentary film; newsreels were also sometimes staged but were usually re-enactments of events that had already happened, not attempts to steer events as they were in the process of happening.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Documentary_film   (2075 words)

  
 Documentary film   (Site not responding. Last check: )
These short films were called "actualities." Very little storytelling took place before the turn of the century, due mostly to technological limitations: cameras could hold only very small amounts of film; many of the first films are a minute or less in length.
The actuality film is a non-fiction film genre that like the documentary film uses footage of real events, places, and things, yet unlike the documentary is not structured into a larger argument, picture of the phenomenon or coherent whole.
This documentary is a general, unquestioning travelog of the United States through the eyes of French director and co-cameraman Francois Reichenbach, a director often fascinated with life in the home of the French-made Statue of Liberty.
www.jahsonic.com /DocumentaryFilm.html   (702 words)

  
 Derrida (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Derrida is a documentary film about the philosopher Jacques Derrida directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman and released in 2002.
Reviews of the film were mixed; the film was disliked by many among both Derrida's critics and his supporters.
Documentaries cannot really do other than supply a fragment of a momentary truth, and Derrida becomes a part of its deconstructionist subject's purview by observing its flaws as a forum and as a form.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Derrida_(film)   (225 words)

  
 screenonline: Documentary Film Units and Film Sponsorship   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Related to this is the importance of sponsorship - commissioning of films by institutions whether government, commercial, charitable or whatever - which in turn connects documentary history to the history of film and television advertising.
Film units in both these categories were usually a directly funded part of the organisation sponsoring most of the films they made.
The documentary film unit is particularly associated with the period from the early 1930s to the late 1970s: this was the heyday of sound filmmaking, and also of the British industry which provided much of the work for such units.
www.screenonline.org.uk /film/id/964488/index.html   (563 words)

  
 Documentary and the coming of Sound
Documentary therefore occupies a complex zone of representation in which the art of observing, responding, and listening must be combined with the art of shaping, interpreting, or arguing.
Flaherty's success in gaining theatrical release for his film is a key factor in his elevation to founding pioneer, and that success is clearly due to his ability to draw on aspects of the fiction film, narrative structure, and a specific, appealing (humanist) perspective on man's [sic] relation to his world.
Flaherty's film families were carefully cast and assembled for the duration of the filming, but the projection is an extraordinarily compelling one despite its limitations, partly because few of us have adequate knowledge of the cultures Flaherty filmed to separate what is authentic from what is projection.
www.filmsound.org /film-sound-history/documentary.htm   (4469 words)

  
 The Documentary Film Festival of Navarra / "Punto de Vista"
The Documentary Film Festival of Navarra is a space for celebrating, discovering and analysing the form of cinema generically grouped under the heading of ‘documentary’.
In short, the Festival is open to all films of a documentary nature that are a reflection of all that is real.
An international screening of the documentaries that have won the largest number of prizes in world festivals or other types of competition during the year immediately prior to this event.
www.filmfestivals.com /bulletin/04/july/vista.shtml   (469 words)

  
 Documentary
The film is propaganda because it feigns to show the events exactly as they happened, but in actuality alters them to create a particular impression of the conference.
While documentary films in general do not rely on a story as their main point of interest, they usually have at least traces of a story.
In the intense media coverage surrounding the film and the presidential campaign, Moore called the film "an op-ed piece" and expressly stated that his intention was to make a film that would influence the outcome of the election.
web.missouri.edu /~umcasfilmstud/courses/ger131/Documentary.htm   (1263 words)

  
 glbtq >> arts >> Documentary Film
Documentary entries at the major United States lesbian and gay film festivals have increased at a phenomenal pace over the last ten years.
Documentary film is an indispensable media for glbtq people to re-evaluate and reposition themselves in different contexts.
Both documentaries have been praised as excellent examples of "direct cinema," a term used by documentarians since the early 1960s to indicate minimal intrusion by filmmakers in the interview process and on the narratives that unfold.
www.glbtq.com /arts/documentary_film.html   (677 words)

  
 Documentary film - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The newsreel tradition is an important tradition in documentary film; newsreels were also sometimes staged but were usually reenactments of events that had already happened, not attempts to steer events as they were in the process of happening.
Indeed, the commercial success of the documentaries mentioned above may owe something to this narrative shift in the documentary form, leading some critics to question whether such films can truly be called documentaries; critics usually refer to these works as "mondo films".
Documentaries are also being released only on the internet for those with broadband access, notably Stolen Honor (2004) about John Kerry.
www.voyager.in /Documentary_film   (1621 words)

  
 Ruoff takes film to Sardinia festival
Ruoff's 1998 documentary, The Last Vaudevillian: On the Road with Travelogue Filmmaker John Holod, was accepted at the 22nd International Ethnographic Film Festival on the island of Sardinia.
Ethnographic film is usually thought of as a subset of documentary film, in which the filmmaker chronicles the subject from close up, and in the case of The Last Vaudevillian, in Holod's motor home for 10 days.
Produced in 1993, the film documents Brown's upbringing in rural Iowa as the son of an itinerant preacher, his strong connection to Iowa, and his music.
www.dartmouth.edu /~vox/0405/0927/filmfest.html   (506 words)

  
 Rule 12 | 77th Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
An eligible documentary film is defined as a theatrically released non-fiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects.
A film that is primarily a promotional film, a purely technical instructional film or an essentially unfiltered record of a performance will not be considered eligible for consideration for the Documentary awards.
It is intended that the documentary award statuette be presented on behalf of the entire film to the individual(s) most involved in the key creative aspects of the filmmaking process and most responsible for the film’s excellence.
www.oscars.org /77academyawards/rules/rule12.html   (1496 words)

  
 Film Festivals -- Documentary Film Festival Listings, Announcements, Documentary Film Festival Directories, Films
Denver Jazz on Film Festival - Won't be a venue for most documentary filmmakers, because this festival only shows films about jazz, but if your film meets that criteria you should get in contact with them.
Billed as the world's first lesbian and gay documentary film festival when it started in 1998, it has continued to host an annual festival dedicated entirely to documentaries that are about, of interest to, or made by queers: transsexual, transgender, bisexual, lesbian or gay.
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Annual film festival founded in 1999 and held in Greece.
www.documentaryfilms.net /festivals.htm   (717 words)

  
 Seattle International Documentary Film Festival
The “art house” and “independent” theatres tend to be more open, but still the non-fiction film tends always to be evaluated against their fictional peers, rather than among each other or as themselves.
Many of our films don’t line up with the ideological commitments of network news, don’t have subjects that would be deemed of interest to “the general viewer,” or dare to depict their worlds in an unconventional style.
The answer is short and obvious---Seattle is a film city, historically rich in film and in the documentary culture.
www.sidff.org /default.htm   (312 words)

  
 TheatreBooks: Film: Documentary
In discussing such films as Touching the Void (2003), Capturing the Friedmans (2003) and the work of Nick Broomfield, this timely introduction to the growing field of documentary explores the definition and understanding of the form, as well as the relationship between documentary and drama.
Their opinions vary: some will work only on film, while others have embraced the latest in digital video technology; some question, even abhor, the use of commentary, others wouldn't dream of doing without it; some work by the rules of cinema verite, while others employ stylization and dramatization.
They are mentioned in many historical surveys of documentary film, but this book is the first full-length treatment of their career.
www.theatrebooks.com /film/documentary.html   (940 words)

  
 Documentary Film Encyclopedia Article @ TheBottomDollar.com (The Bottom Dollar)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A rough cut of her documentary film Hunted Like Animals, with accounts by survivors of military attacks on the Hmong and shocking images of brutalised children...
Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there are important differences between cinéma vérité (Jean Rouch) and the North American "Direct Cinema" (or more accuretly "cinema direct]", pioneered among others by French Canadian Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, Richard Leacock, Frederick Wiseman and Albert and David Maysles.
In the 1960s and 1970s documentary film was often conceived as a political weapon against neocolonialism and capitalism in general, especially in Latin America, but also in the then turbulent Quebec society.
www.thebottomdollar.com /encyclopedia/Documentary_film   (2122 words)

  
 Documentary Films
The first official documentary or non-fiction narrative film was Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North (1922), an ethnographic look at the harsh life of Canadian Inuit Eskimos living in the Arctic, although some of the film's scenes of obsolete customs were staged.
The filmmakers' next film was the part-adventure, travel documentary filmed on location in the Siamese (Thailand) jungle, Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927), about a native tribal family.
The Oscar-winning wartime documentary The Memphis Belle (1944), directed by famed William Wyler (then a Lieutenant Colonel) and released by the War Department, presented real-life footage of dozens of Allied bombing missions by the Flying Fortress' B-17 bomber during the war.
www.filmsite.org /docfilms.html   (1459 words)

  
 Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film -- Ian Aitken
Documentary film dates back to the last decades of the nineteenth century and has been practiced since then in every region of the world.
All over the world documentary films have provided engaging, provocative, and skilled representations of life and this Encyclopedia provides a resource that critically analyzes that history in all its aspects.
Bringing together all aspects of documentary film, this accessible three volume set is an essential and comprehensive resource for scholars, students, and the interested general reader.
www.frontlist.com /detail/1579584454   (446 words)

  
 Documentary Film
Documentary film can be pure entertainment, appealing to our voyeuristic tendencies, or introducing outrageous characters that remind us that truth truly is stranger than fiction.
A documentary about the notorious Civil War General swerves way off course to explore the director's own struggles with women and relationships, resulting in a film that's as funny and messy as his personal life
Michael Diamond's film goes backstage to uncover the always passionate, often cutthroat, world of professional dance, with the renowned Paul Taylor and his company as the focus.
www.suite101.com /welcome.cfm/documentary_film   (335 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Documentary film
In the sixties and seventies documentary film was often conceived as a political weapon against neocolonialism and capitalism in general, especially in Latin America.
Modern documentaries have a substantial overlap with other forms of television, with the development of so-called reality television that occasionally verges on the documentary but more often veers to the fictional.
It is speculated that this trend could be further encouraged by the major film companies considering that compared to dramatic narrative films, documentaries typically have far lower budgets which can make even limited theatrical releases highly profitable.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Documentaries   (1391 words)

  
 Documentary Film and the creative process.
When I first began studying film at the San Francisco State University in the late sixties, I was fascinated by the documentary films that were part of the curriculum.
Yet so many documentaries are scripted beforehand, and this process may destroy the reality or truth of a documentary.
A documentary film should unfold as a story happening for the first time.
www.v-a.com /filmmaking   (648 words)

  
 Documentary and Ethnographic Film: A Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Libraries
Documentary films made by and/or about Native Americans are beginning to form the symbolic and situational precedents for genre.
Documentary films used to be shown prior to main features in Chinese cinemas until they were edged out by more commercial films.
Examination of British documentary films of 1930-45, establishing the theoretical background to the dominant documentary practice, and analysing "Fires were started" in the light of this.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/documentarybib.html   (12015 words)

  
 Documentary film rattle business world | KOMO 1000 News Radio - News, Weather and Sports - Seattle, WA Seattle, ...
But after ''Black Gold'' attracted attention at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the coffee giant invited the British brothers to its Seattle headquarters as it prepared for a barrage of bad publicity.
The films are finding an eager audience, said Erik Schut, editorial director of TLA Entertainment group, which runs a chain of video rental shops on the East Coast and operates a DVD mail order service.
Jon Else, who teaches documentary filmmaking at the University of California, Berkeley, believes the growing interest in corporate-critical documentaries is a reaction to the extremes of wealth created by an untamed free market.
www.komoradio.com /news/business/4745461.html   (983 words)

  
 BBC - Film Network - documentary
Some of the content on Film Network is generated by members of the public.
If you consider this content to be in breach of the house rules please alert our moderators.
Film Network is a showcase and community for up-and-coming UK filmmakers
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/filmnetwork/documentary   (100 words)

  
 Documentary Film Making   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A redefinition of the nature of documentary film.
In documentary studies, the old distinctions between fiction and nonfiction no longer apply, as contemporary film and video artists produce works that defy classification.
They trace the documentary impulse in the early detective camera, in the reenactment of battle scenes from World War I, and in the telecast of the Nevada A-Bomb test in 1949.
groups.msn.com /DocumentaryFilmMaking/books.msnw   (248 words)

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