Documentary Filmmakers

Docurama Films:
Everything Else is Pure Fiction

About Docurama Films: In 1999, Docurama Films® launched with the first feature documentary available on DVD: D.A. Pennebaker’s “Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back.” Twelve years and 300 award-winning, highly-acclaimed documentary titles later, Docurama continues to discover and release the greatest non-fiction films of our time while spreading the word about filmmakers who are taking the form to new heights.  Docurama’s catalog features an array of topics including the performing and visual arts, history, politics, the environment, ethnic and gender interests, and all-time favorites including “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” “Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides” and “King Corn.” Recent titles include the Oscar®-nominated films “Gasland,” “Hell and Back Again” and “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.”  http://www.docurama.com/about/about-docurama/

Cinema Libre

We believe that movies should make a difference. As filmmakers and distributors, we are fortunate to be able to travel the world, meet interesting people, learn about other cultures AND make movies. But we also believe that we should give back. We know that we can’t solve all the problems of the world. But bit-by-bit, through a community of filmmakers, we hope to make a difference.  http://www.cinemalibrestudio.com

Top Documentary Filmmakers

Documentary films are most often the product of one person’s vision and persistence, and that person is the director. Personal styles and agendas differ vastly. Read here about some of the most innovative and influential documentary filmmakers and their work.  http://documentaries.about.com/od/documentarydirectors/

TED Talks

TED is an acronym for “Technology, Entertainment, Design”. It is a non-profit group dedicated to disseminating, “Ideas worth spreading”. TED is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation. Since June 2006, the talks have been offered for free viewing online, under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license, through TED.com. As of April 2014, over 1,700 talks are freely available on the website. In June 2011, the talks’ combined viewing figure stood at more than 500 million, and by November 2012, TED talks had been watched over one billion times worldwide. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event;] the annual conference series began in 1990. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics. The main TED conference is held annually in Vancouver, British Columbia, and its companion TEDActive is held in Whistler, B.C. Prior to 2014, the two conferences were held in Long Beach and Palm Springs, California, respectively. TED events are also held throughout North America and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past speakers include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins,Bill Gates, Bono, Mike Rowe, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. TED’s current curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson.

TEDTalks is just one of many forums that can be found at TED.com.Some of the videos are funny, some are poignant, some are inspirational, some are educational and some address futuristic possibilities that are either in the process of becoming reality or have the potential to be. Regardless of the topic, most of them make you think and, in my opinion, to grow as an individual — either through laughter, contemplation or sadness. I truly believe that you will find something personally challenging in at least some, if not most, of the TED.com videos. I warn you, though… time passes much faster than you realize while you’re watching these videos, so keep an eye on the clock if you have somewhere you’re supposed to be! By the way, I want to applaud Netflix for bringing the world of TED.com to its customers and for grouping the videos into categories in a way that they are not grouped on the TED.com site. The premise behind “TEDTalks” deserves five stars. Yet unfortunately, the episodes available on Netflix are quite old, and many have not aged gracefully. On the net anything older than about 9 months is definitely senile. Go to their website, ted.com, and watch videos that were filmed LAST MONTH, not in 2006!

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