Tag Archives: The Art of Perseverance in Documentary Filmmaking

Quote: Sylvester Stallone, his dog and the making of Rocky.

Whatever you think of Sly, you will think differently of him when you read this interesting article in Tickld. on the story of how Rocky, which Stallone wrote and produced, got made, and how Stallone stuck to his principles.

rocky balboa



Startup Success: It’s All About Relationship

The tech start up world is proving to be a rich source of inspiration for my thesis. In this article for IncAngel investor Brian Cohen talks to Issie Lapowsky about the importance of team chemistry, husband-wife dynamics, and how not to ask for money. 

His advice, insights and experiences can easily apply to the world of feature film making.


Research – Hearts and Minds by Screen Australia

Hearts & Minds explores how and why Australians engage with local screen  stories on both television and film.
What is the role of local content in the screen diets of Australian viewers?
And more broadly, what is its cultural value?
What role does it play in the formulation of national identity?
How does it build towards a sense of belonging and participation?

All this and more is presented in a 28 page report by Screen Australia, developed as part of The Mind and Mood Report at IPSOS Australia.

Kim Dalton provided this keynote speech at the Dollars, Hearts and Mind conference in June 2013 elaborating on some of the key findings.

Hearts and Minds front cover

Marshall Curry


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.


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.


Links to Marshall:

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

Jakeb Anvhu

Jakeb AnhvuBiography:

Jakeb Anvhu is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts. As a writer, director, editor and producer, his short films include Dan Bau Lullaby (2013) and The Marshall Cooking Show (2004). Blush of Fruit (2012) is his feature debut.


Blush Of Fruit (Documentary, 2012)
Cay Cau (The Betel Tree) (Documentary, 2005)
Marshall Cooking Show (Documentary, 2004)
Sway (Documentary, 2004)

Links to Jakeb:

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2317375/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JakebAnhvu

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

AIDC DocWeek The Art of P