Valuing films that follow genre conventions and follow them well.
Documentaries that switch tone or mode half-way through.
Further thoughts on variations on the character-driven format.
The character-driven documentary is one of the dominant forms of documentary today, in the US and internationally.
So frequently, festival documentaries imagine a foreign spectator, looking from the outside in.
The symbiotic relationship between biography and personality.
The film bills itself as doc-fiction, but the straight-doc elements are in many ways more engaging.
“The classic realist text cannot deal with the real as contradictory.” – Colin MacCabe, “Realism and the Cinema: Notes on some Brechtian theses.” (1974)