For anyone heading to the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam this year interested in webdocs, you won’t want to miss the Interactive Documentary Conference. The one-day conference explores the future of documentary storytelling in the digital age. Topics covered include the rise of apps and touch screens, the secrets behind successful projects, turning data into stories and the tools available for interactive storytelling.
Toronto’s Hot Docs has announced the seventh project in their ongoing Doc Ignite program. 30 Ghosts is producer/director Sean Cisterna’s in-production chronicle of a rural Ontario horse farmer and part-time paranormal investigator whose hobby garners some negative attention and begins to take over her life.
Cinematic representations of home and community comprise the non-fiction and dramatic features in the ACMI film series Honey, I’m Home: Visions Beyond the White Picket Fence. Curated by ACMI programmer Roberta Ciabarra, the program runs October 18-31 in Melbourne.
Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Rory Kennedy is the 11th child of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy, the former US Attorney General, Democratic Senator and brother of President John F. Kennedy. Rory Kennedy spoke to Kylie Boltin about her portrait film, Ethel – a personal and political narrative that intersects the story of her mother with major events of the 20th century.
Up until about a week ago, I’d never seen Rolf De Heer’s 2006 film Ten Canoes. I was lucky enough to stumble upon it whilst browsing on SBS’s online catch-up service, OnDemand. Since viewing this incredible film, I’ve been left with an appetite for more quality Australian cinema. However as an online media consumer without a functioning television, this kind of content can be difficult to track down.
The autobiographical documentary, Fortunate Son: A Love Story sees Montreal filmmaker Tony Asimakopoulos turn his camera on his own family to create a portrait of love, loss and acceptance. Inspired by the filmmaker’s desire to chart a major crossroad in his life - a past life of drug abuse and his impending wedding - he spoke with Kylie Boltin before the film’s Australian premiere at the 2012 Greek Film Festival.
Physicist and author Brian Greene, brings us a mind-blowing new exploration of space, time, and the very nature of reality.
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.
A fresh perspective on the birth of civilisation in the Near and Middle East and its dynamic influence on the West.