Valuing films that follow genre conventions and follow them well.
Documentaries that switch tone or mode half-way through.
A tale of two reading formations.
In defense of observational cinema.
The importance of the “documentary” label.
Further thoughts on variations on the character-driven format.
A single shot raises important questions.
The character-driven documentary is one of the dominant forms of documentary today, in the US and internationally.
Sometimes an issue documentary can be both traditional and hybrid doc-fiction at the same time.
Unlike reenactment per se, pretext is generally recognized only by other documentary makers or those familiar with the production process.
Understanding the archival document for its role in a non-cinematic archive.
Foregrounding the photographer-subject relationship.