Documentary Category

Nathan Long’s ‘Calling Attendance’ is an Unflinching Snapshot of the Harsh Realities of Life for Too Many Children

Documentary

21st October, 2021

We talk to director Nathan Long about drawing on the narrative aesthetics of photojournalism for his brutally stark and effective campaign film.

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Brandon Lavoie’s ‘The Both of Me’ Poetically Depicts a Devastated West Virginian Coal-Mining Community

Documentary

7th October, 2021

Made over 6 years Brandon Lavoie discusses mixing drone & archive footage in his documentary exploring the ruinous effect of coal mining in West Virginia.

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Aiden Ulrich Captures the Intimate Working Methods of an Acclaimed Prolific Artist in ‘Frank Ockenfels III’

Documentary

1st September, 2021

Aiden Ulrich reveals the creative insight he gained while capturing a prolific artist at-work for insightful profile documentary 'Frank Ockenfels III'.

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Andrew Wonder & Colleen Dodge Intimately Capture a Uniquely American Tradition in Doc Short ‘The Great Fair’

Documentary

31st August, 2021

Andrew Wonder & Colleen Dodge discuss the slow motion, modified camera lenses & attention to detail of their celebration of a uniquely American tradition.

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Talia Pasqua & Simeon Pratt Celebrate the Power of Community in Roller Derby Documentary ‘Round & Round’

Documentary

10th August, 2021

Talia Pasqua & Simeon Pratt explain the run-and-gun approach they took capturing the Windy City Rollers for their uplifting short doc 'Round & Round'.

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Daire Collins’ New Yorker-Produced ‘For Emergency Use Only’ Piercingly Ponders the Price of Paranoia

Documentary

29th July, 2021

With flickering TV screens, tentative voiceover and talking-head testimony, Daire Collins explores a fear-laden prepubescence with 'For Emergency Use Only'.

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Matt Cascella Ennobles Man’s Best Friend in Charming Doc Short ‘Talking Dog’

Documentary, Premiere

21st July, 2021

Matt Cascella enlightens DN on his free-form approach to directing in ‘Talking Dog’, a documentary ode to the dogs of Maine by their human companions.

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Sally Tran’s ‘Centuries and Still’ Devastatingly Displays How Anti-Asian Hate Is Not a New Phenomenon

Documentary

15th July, 2021

Combining 16mm, 8mm, VHS and video Sally Tran details how she documented the roots and persistence of anti-Asian hate in the USA in 'Centuries and Still'.

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Argyro Nicolaou & Margaux Fitoussi’s ‘I, Tony’ Is a Meta-Documentary About the Desire to Be Remembered

Documentary, Premiere

1st July, 2021

Argyro Nicolaou and Margaux Fitoussi discuss harnessing the unpredictable energy of photographer Tony Moussoulides in their experimental biopic 'I, Tony'.

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Sean Wang Turns Awkward Phone Calls into Poetry in Nostalgic Yearbook Doc ‘H.A.G.S (Have a Good Summer)’

Animation, Documentary

22nd June, 2021

Sean Wang breaks down how he brought his eighth grade yearbook to life in 'H.A.G.S. (Have a Good Summer)', an exploration of childhood through adult eyes.

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Jerry Rothwell’s ‘The Reason I Jump’ Viscerally Brings the World of Non-Speaking Autism to Life

Documentary, Live Action

15th June, 2021

Jerry Rothwell takes DN inside the 360° sound and hyper-stylised portraiture of his enthralling documentary depiction of life with non-speaking autism.

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The Best Short Films of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021

Documentary, Film Festival

11th June, 2021

Doc/Fest's brave curation of intimate shorts shows off the incredible possibilities inherent within the documentary form. Here are DN's favourite 10 picks.

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