Calling all documentary fans
This carefully curated selection of our best interviews features some of the most talented documentary directors from around the world, each with different (and sometimes conflicting) approaches and opinions. It will change how you think about documentaries and whether there’s any “right” way to make them.
About the book
If you want to understand, soup to nuts, how documentaries come to life, this book is for you. You’ll get specific insights into the craft and philosophy of filmmaking from a wide range of critically acclaimed filmmakers — and learn things about filmmaking that you haven’t seen written down elsewhere.
Inside, Frederick Wiseman breaks down his editing process; Alanis Obomsawin re-imagines documentary as a means of listening; and Joshua Oppenheimer discusses the use of magical realism in processing “unresolved trauma.”
Over and over, we drop you into the minds of some of today’s most influential documentarians, and, with our eBook exclusive foreward, we equip you to put these perspectives in conversation and share in their wisdom.
This eBook is an insightful, fun, beautiful, revelatory, and exceptionally well-written treasure trove of interviews with some of the best documentary filmmakers working today.
- Joshua Oppenheimer on The Look of Silence
- Hubert Sauper on We Come as Friends
- Sophie Fiennes on Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
- Penny Lane on NUTS!
- Steve James on ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail
- Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker on Unlocking the Cage
- Alanis Obomsawin on Our People Will Be Healed
- Wiseman on National Gallery
- Wiseman on In Jackson Heights
- Wiseman on Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
- Rosi on Fire at Sea
- Rosi on editing Fire at Sea
- Two opposing sensibilities: Rosi and Wiseman
About the authors
Alex is the Editor-in-Chief of Seventh Row. She is fascinated with how documentarians approach their subjects and are constantly innovating within creative nonfiction.
Elena is an Associate Editor at Seventh Row. She is fascinated by how cinematographers work and think and has been instrumental in starting our Behind The Lens series. Elena wrote the final chapter, in which she interviews cinematographer Joshua James Richards.
Brett is a Ph.D. student in Education, focusing on how films can create empathy. He is a regular contributor to Seventh Row and a fan of Alanis Obomsawin’s wide-ranging work.