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Documentary First is your all-access guide to the world of documentary filmmaking. With her own “The Girl Who Wore Freedom” film well underway, Director Christian Taylor sits down with Josh and Jason to explore the highs and lows of film creation.

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Documentary First is your all-access guide to the world of documentary filmmaking. With her own “The Girl Who Wore Freedom” film well underway, Director Christian Taylor sits down with Josh and Jason to explore the highs and lows of film creation.

    Episode 184 | Rerun of Episode 142: Working, the Holidays and Giving Thanks

    Episode 184 | Rerun of Episode 142: Working, the Holidays and Giving Thanks

    This episode originally aired on November 26th, 2021. It's a re-airing of a special Thanksgiving episode at the time Documentary First was pitching to distributors like Netflix in Los Angeles and before our Carentan sizzle reel was finished!
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    We recollect favorite thanksgiving movies and general thanksgiving. Christian has studio updates and shares future plans with streaming platform, Vudu. We're thankful for all our subscribers and Patreon supporters!
    Watch "The Girl Who Wore Freedom" this Thanksgiving: https://geni.us/TheGirlWhoWoreFreedom

    • 31 min
    Episode 183 | The History of Distribution

    Episode 183 | The History of Distribution

    Special guest (for the second time) Joe Amodei gives us a history lesson, starting in the 50's & 60's with Bing Crosby & Jerry Lewis, then moving on to the 80's with VHS tapes. Joe shares how he started working at a video store and moved into distribution. He went from building other peoples businesses to building his own personal distribution company, starting with "Supersize Me". Christian shares about the timing of the release of "The Girl Who Wore Freedom" available for video-on-demand on November 1st and about recent in-person events (speaking tour).
    DocuView Déjà Vu:
    Jason: "Why You Should Watch Experimental Docs" (Video Essay) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_Syn8obfyM
    Robbie: "Closed for Storm" (2020) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11372428/?ref_=fn_al_tt_0
    Christian: "Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall" (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21053478/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    Joe: "Sidney" (2020) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt16977750/?ref_=fn_al_tt_0

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 182 | Story Symposium Part 2

    Episode 182 | Story Symposium Part 2

    How do you tell a story when the protagonist is a place? Our very own script-writer, Zach Callaghan, says "identity and purpose" are the two big things he looks for. Listen to his process of taking footage shot back in June 2022 for the Carentan project and developing it into a story.
    DocuView Déjà Vu:
    Christian:
    The Martha Mitchell Effect (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt16379454
    They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6893836/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Jason:
    The Greatest Beer Run Ever (2015) This is a companion documentary to the feature by the same name. YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/D4WAUmyKDq0
    Robbie:
    The Wrecking Crew (2008) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185418/
    Zach:
    F for Fake (1973) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/

    • 56 min
    Episode 181 | "Oh the Humanity!" Story Symposium

    Episode 181 | "Oh the Humanity!" Story Symposium

    There has been a team shuffle. Jason Rugg is now in the host seat with Robbie Davis joining Christian and Jason.
    Christian gives an update before an impromptu "symposium" on story. Life is never linear or straight forward. Christian shares from her heart about the topsy-turviness of life with family and balancing work and priorities/commitments made that need to be honored.
    Much gratitude was given in the midst of a successful roller coaster event at the 2022 Currahee Military Weekend.
    Questions discussed: What makes a good story? How do you find a story in the midst of all the information and conversations?
    There are many treasures to be gleaned from this conversation. Get ready to exercise your cheek muscles. :-)
    DocuView Déjà Vu:
    Jason: Brent Forrester's TV Comedy Course https://www.brentforrester.com/webinar
    Robbie: Undefeated (2011) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860355/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
    Christian: The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19034332/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

    • 47 min
    Episode 180 | Coming to a Streaming Service Near You!

    Episode 180 | Coming to a Streaming Service Near You!

    Today we’re joined by a special guest, but first an update! The Girl Who Wore Freedom will be available on many streaming services soon, thanks to Virgil Films. We discuss E&O Insurance, and then dive into an update about The Documentary First Podcast.
    Judith Pearson Official Website: https://judithlpearson.com/books/the-wolves-at-the-door/
    Virginia Hall: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy: https://www.ouramericanstories.com/podcast/history/virginia-hall-the-true-story-of-america-s-greatest-female-spy
    DocuView Déjà Vu:
    Robbie: The Sparks Brothers (2021) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8610436/
    Jason’s: The Rescue (2021) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9098872
    Christian: Count me In (2021) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6889042

    • 35 min
    Episode 179 | Movies, Updates, and More Movies

    Episode 179 | Movies, Updates, and More Movies

    Today we discuss "The Bear" and "Kobra Kai", then jump into discussing the current state of Christian’s next project: funding and budgets!
    DocuView Déjà Vu:
    Josh’s: Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116481/
    Jason’s: Obi Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21860836/
    Christian’s: Lucy and Desi (2022) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12971802/

    • 51 min

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