August 18, 2020

Monday Memo: Behind the Editing Team Resignation, Black Girls Doc Mafia director Iyabo Boyd on Pure Nonfiction, NYFF & Open City Reveal 2020 Programs

This past week has been an exceedingly busy one for both documentary news and nonfiction film releases. To help motivate you to catch up, we’ve put together a documentary summer bingo sheet (see below, download and share). Thanks to its debut on Apple+ over the weekend, I’m happy to finally get to cross off Boys State from […]

August 10, 2020

Monday Memo: Brazil’s Film Archive Faces Wipeout, New Partner to Diversify Nonfiction Production Talent, Sundance Shrinks for 2021

With the Cinemateca Brasileira in São Paulo facing dire circumstances, along with the suicides of both British filmmaker Richard Bright and documentary subject Daisy Coleman, of Audrie and Daisy, it’s been a fairly grim week in nonfiction cinema news. That said, there have been significant steps made toward diversifying nonfiction production talent, there are a ton […]

July 13, 2020

Monday Memo: A Call for Accountability & Fall Film Festivals Vow To Collaborate

Somehow I missed Sonya Childress and Natalie Bullock Brown’s call for accountability published in Documentary Magazine last week, so I wanted to make up for it by leading off with that excellent read this week. On the same topic, in an op-ed published yesterday filmmaker Stanley Nelson outlined why we need black filmmakers to tell the […]