October 26, 2020

Monday Memo: Quibi Shutters After 6 Months, True Story Launches, IDA Enterprise Production Grant Recipients Announced

With Quibi already shutting down after just 6 months, filmmakers and consumers have lost a potentially fruitful place to release and find short form nonfiction. On the flipside, a new nonfiction streaming platform called True Story has launched with some interesting offerings right off the bat, including a partnership with Open City Documentary Fest and a […]

October 19, 2020

Monday Memo: RIP James Redford, New IDFA plans, $100k prize for Alanis Obomsawin & more

DOC NYC’s Thom Powers here filling in for Monday Memo’s Jordan M. Smith while he’s on vacation. We are mourning the death of James Redford at age 58. DOC NYC showed his films Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution and Toxic Hot Seat. In other news this week, Alanis Obomsawin was awarded a $100k prize, IDFA has new plans, and DOC NYC announced its 2020 line-up available […]

October 5, 2020

Monday Memo: Field of Vision Launches Online Journal, DOC Releases COVID19 Best Practices & IDFA Reveals Best of Fests Lineup

The outlets for original writing on nonfiction cinema are scarce. So the launch of Field of Vision’s Field Notes, its new online journal, makes me want to toss confetti. And speaking of reading materials, there’s plenty to sort through this week with Documentary Organization of Canada’s online guide for filmmakers for production during COVID-19, a new website dedicated […]

September 28, 2020

Monday Memo: Where Does Independent Documentary Go From Here? & More

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel a bit tuckered out. Maybe it’s the swift shift from the warm summer days to the increasingly dark days of fall. Or more likely, it’s just the lingering instability we’re all feeling in this current moment. I’m thankful I’ll be taking the next few days to rest […]

August 24, 2020

Monday Memo: Staged Docs, a New Study of Film Critics and Gender & NY Movie Theaters Remain Closed

The opening of the Ross brothers’ Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets brought staged documentaries back into the spotlight, the results of the latest edition of the Thumbs Down: Film Critics and Gender study were released, and the New York Film Festival revealed its Revivals program with a handful of key doc classics among its ranks. In wider-ranging industry news, New York’s […]