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Article: IndieWire – “Hot Docs: 9 Tips On How To Make Your First Documentary” by Marshall Curry

Delighted to see this article by one of my Originators, Marshall Curry, expanding on some of the topics we discussed at our Panel Session at DocWeek back in February.

Below is the first paragraph, and then Marshall proceeds to give 9 excellent tips that will help all of us, whether you are a doco or feature filmmaker, in developing your project.
Read the full article here, published in IndieWire on April 30th 2014 in an article by Paula Bernstein.

You’ve got a great story idea for a documentary, but aren’t sure how to pursue it. Today at Hot Docs in Toronto, Academy-Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry, who is at Hot Docs with his latest project “Point and Shoot,” moderated a panel discussion featuring first-time filmmakers with films screening at Hot Docs: Amar Wala (“The Secret Trial 5,”) William Westaway (“Writer With No Hands”) and Clare Young (“From the Bottom of the Lake”). 

While the focus of the panel was on creative and funding challenges, Curry steered the discussion to provide helpful hints for aspiring documentary directors in the audience wondering how they can get their project off the ground.

Enjoy.

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Marshall Curry

Premiere+Racing+Dreams+2009+Tribeca+Film+Festival+M9zW_nqHfy6lBiography:

Marshall Curry has been selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. He was awarded the International Documentary Association (IDA) Jacqueline Donnet Filmmaker Award and has received the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes.

Curry has appeared as a guest on television and radio numerous times, including NPR’s Morning Edition, ABC’s Nightline, PBS’s The Tavis Smiley Show, and others. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Duke, Columbia, NYU, and other colleges, and he has served on juries for the International Documentary Association, the Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Festival, AFI/Silverdocs, and the Gotham Awards.

All three of Curry’s films have been a part of the American Documentary Showcase, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department to share the art and practice of documentary filmmaking with the international community. As part of the Showcase, he has traveled to Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, and Ukraine to lead classes and discussions about documentary filmmaking.

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Of Curry’s films, S.T. VanAirsdale (Movieline) said, “From vérité campaign-trail flashes in Street Fight to intimate dinner-table powwows in Racing Dreams to the candid, point-blank interviews in If a Tree Falls, his films take keen and unique advantage of both access and timing… getting down to the business of communicating without distraction, discrimination or guile. At heart, the films seek to detail the spectrum of grace.”

Before making films, Curry worked for a number of years at a New York multimedia design firm, where he produced and directed interactive documentaries and websites for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others. Prior to that, he taught English in Guanajuato, Mexico, worked in public radio, and taught government in Washington DC.

He is a graduate of Swarthmore College where he studied Comparative Religion and was a Eugene Lang Scholar. He was also a Jane Addams Fellow at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, where he wrote about the history, philosophy, and economics of non-profits.

Films:
Curry was the director of STREET FIGHT, RACING DREAMS, IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT, and executive producer of MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS.

Links to Marshall:

Website: www.marshallcurry.com
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1903582/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Curry

Event – The Art of Perseverance at Australian International Documentary Week

As part of my strategy to interview Originators, I am organising panel sessions at relevant conferences. AIDC CEO Joost den Hartog is also on my Masters course and loved my idea of a panel looking at The Art of Perseverance in Documentary Filmmaking.

Check out my session, nd indeed the whole conference here

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