documentaries

The Often Forgotten Explores Trafficking and Activists in Thailand

Independent filmmaker and co-founder of blindfoldmag.com, Jacqueline Romano and Anti-Trafficking Expert and Activist Alezandra Russell are turning to the internet to raise funds for their first feature film project, The Often Forgotten, a documentary that tells the stories of at-risk boys who are exploited, abused and trafficked within the sex tourism industry of Thailand, and …

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The Perfect Marriage: Documentaries and Non-Profits

Last Tuesday, when the lights rose, vigorous applause heralded a milestone for our documentary A Plastic Ocean – because this was a milestone audience. We were screening at the United Nations, for more than 600 delegates, policy-makers, and engaged activists. The film, which launched in January, and hit Netflix in April, was invited to the …

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A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean, the Old Man, and the Sea

Eight years after it was first conceived, five years after production began, our adventure documentary A Plastic Ocean premiered on January 19, 2017. We were entering Inauguration Weekend. A few days earlier, Christian Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, shared news of the film in this report. “As climate skeptics prepare to move into the White …

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An Inconvenient Sequel

An Inconvenient Response to An Inconvenient Sequel

Like most people, I like reinforcement for my own beliefs. I desperately wanted to buy AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, former Vice President Al Gore’s and Participant Media’s long-awaited follow-up to their climate change jeremiad AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, but couldn’t, quite, despite the considerable appeal of what might be described as liberal comfort-food in a comfortless environment. …

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Double Exposure: Is Investigative Journalism Dying or Alive and Well?

The gene pool for long-form, “deepdive” investigative journalism has been shrinking quicker than the Arctic ice-sheet for decades, while the recent success of films like Spotlight and Citizenfour have whetted audience appetite for investigative stories. The Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival tackled this existential crisis head-on in Washington D.C. this weekend in exploring questions ranging from how …

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Creative Documentary Fundraising

Documentary Fundraising – The Big Picture While many documentarians tend to first go the traditional route to funding – corporate sponsorships, foundations, individuals, and government agencies – a number of other funding sources are becoming viable additions or replacements. Some can be a filmmaker’s lifesaver. As with more traditional sources of funding, persistence helps. While …

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Public Television Distribution for Documentaries: A Roadmap Through the Maze

The Public Television Maze You’ve produced a documentary that people tell you is perfect for public television. You want as many people as possible to watch the program or series that has kept you up at night, dwindled your bank account, and been a labor of love for you can’t remember how long. What do …

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Fantastic Fungi

How fantastic are fungi? Pretty fantastic. An all-star team of artists, scientists, doctors and explorers are joining forces to create a mind-bending, life-affirming film about the mushroom and its mysterious root-like structure: mycelium. What they reveal will blow your mind, and possibly save the planet. Fantastic Fungi is an important scientific exploration and visual journey …

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