Documentary Category

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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Simon Mulvaney Delves Into the Experience of Life Without Mental Images in Insightful Aphantasia Doc ‘Out of Mind’

Documentary

14th May, 2021

Simon Mulvaney discusses his decision to explore the neurological condition of aphantasia through personal stories not data in his WIRED doc 'Out of Mind'

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Tommaso Ottomano Delivers a Bold Exploration of the Relationship Between the Physical and Mental Ego in ‘Body’

Art & Fashion, Documentary

12th May, 2021

Tommaso Ottomano explains why he decided to create 'Body' a boldly unabashed digital magazine cover hosted on OnlyFans to bypass outdated censorship rules.

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Elahe Esmaili Empathetically Explores the Decisions Behind an Iranian Child Marriage in ‘The Doll’

Documentary

5th May, 2021

Elahe Esmaili discusses 'The Doll' her engaging exploration of cultural norms in which a family share their opinions on the marriage of a 14-year-old girl

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The Reids Record the 24/7 Grind of Opening a Flagship Fashion Store in Documentary ‘Cole Buxton: CB52’

Documentary

4th May, 2021

Filmmaking duo The Reids talk the run-and-gun style of shooting they employed to capture the opening of a flagship fashion store for 'Cole Buxton: CB52'.

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Duncan Cowles Takes a Hilarious Self-Depricating Journey Into Millenial Malaise in Series ‘Scary Adult Things’

Documentary

23rd April, 2021

Documentarian Duncan Cowles talks 'Scary Adult Things' and transitioning his signature comedic style from short film to a long-form series.

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Jeremy McNamara Captures the Cyclical Life of a Famous SF Intersection in ‘Jeremy Fish & The House On Haight’

Documentary

21st April, 2021

Jeremy McNamara walks DN through the brief time he had to capture an artist's expression of a famous intersection for 'Jeremy Fish & The House On Haight'.

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NONO Deconstructs Conventional Portrayals of Disability with Liberating Dance-Doc ‘Toke’

Documentary

26th March, 2021

NONO tells DN about the lengthy conversational process that shaped 'Toke' — an intimate dance portrait exploring pain, disability and liberation.

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Moe Najati Captures the Evolving World of Cuban Rumba’s Intersecting Beliefs and Gender Biases in ‘Uproar’

Documentary, Music

4th March, 2021

Moe Najati reveals how stumbling upon an astounding all female Rumba group during a research trip reshaped his Cuban music documentary 'Uproar'.

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Take a Surreal Trip Through Our Collective COVID-19 Dreams in Intimate Animation ‘Invisible Monsters and Tomato Soup’

Animation, Documentary

24th February, 2021

We chat to the creative trio behind doc short 'Invisible Monsters and Tomato Soup' about using animation to navigate through people's angst-ridden dreams.

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