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What is the Best Documentary Film School?

Interested in taking classes workshops or courses on documentary film? Or maybe you’re interested in a degree program for documentary filmmakers. There are dozens (hundreds?) of schools in the US that offer documentary film classes, but only a handful that offer majors or a substantial number of documentary filmmaking courses. Do you want to go […]

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Tip o’ The Month: Differences Between Documentary and Narrative Filmmaking

When I first started Columbia, the foundations courses in the Film & Video department didn't include a documentary component. I waited until I could take a pilot of what is currently the foundation courses my sophomore year. Luckily, in the second semester, we got to make a documentary (see a snippet of my first doc […]

January 23, 2012 0
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Tip o’ the Month – Fundraising

There is a common myth that documentaries are, by nature, “low-budget” films.  While certain costs may be lower, such as compensating actors, or covering large amounts of crew to feed/transport, there are considerations that must be made, such as… – Film festival submission fees – Transportation fees (since a lot of docs are shot on-location) […]

January 14, 2012 0
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Doc Week: Full of Screenings, Panels

Viva Doc, a student organization on Columbia's campus, is dedicated to exposing students to the often underlooked gems of documentary filmmaking. “Doc Week” will include a variety of panels with industry professionals, as well as screenings. Each of these events presents great opportunities to network and learn more about documentaries as a form of entertainment […]

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Viva Doc Contributes to Studs Terkel Memorial Video

Naomi Kothbauer, the 2010-2011 Viva Doc president, recently contributed to a beautiful memorial video for the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards benefit.  The video also features cinematography from Wonjung Bae, Dan Webster, Demetrio Maguigad, and Marissa Wasseluk. Studs Terkel was an award-winning Chicago journalist, and serves as an inspiration to many involved in documentary and […]

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PBS Filmmaker to Screen Film, Do Q+A

Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie has built a career making science documentaries that reflect her rational temperament. When she dreamed one night that her horse was dying, only to wake the next morning and find the horse dead, she dismissed the incident as a coincidence. Then she dreamed she would die at age 48 — only […]

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Free Documentary Films This Week!

  Return of the Navajo Boy – Screening and Discussion  “Doxita: Life is a Progress” Screening “American Arab” Screening   “Return of the Navajo Boy” Screening and Panel Discussion Wednesday, November 10th @ 12:30, 1104 – 8th Floor -Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS, The Return of Navajo Boy, directed by Jeff Spitz, […]

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Please Join Us on Tuesday, Sept. 13th for a Networking Party!

Viva Doc will be kicking off the Fall 2011 semester by hosting a networking event!  This event is for anybody, no matter your year, major, concentration.  If you love documentaries — making them or watching them or talking about them — Viva Doc is for you!  We have a variety of opportunities for folks from […]

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ESPN’s 30 for 30

For years, ESPN had been relatively absent from the sports-doc scene, but after the 2008 release of Dan Klores’s Black Magic, ESPN saw an opportunity to make a statement. Black Magic examined the struggle for civil rights told through the eyes of basketball players at Historical Black Colleges and Universities. This four-hour documentary resembled something […]

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