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Documentary First is your bi-weekly dose of fascinating stories, real-life adventures, and illuminating explorations. Join us as we delve into captivating and thought-provoking documentaries, and meet the filmmakers, experts, and visionaries behind them. Whether you're a seasoned documentarian, a filmmaker just starting out or simply a curious listener, Documentary First is your destination for in-depth storytelling, thought-provoking insights, and compelling entertainment. So tune in, sit back, and get ready for a journey of discovery, with Documentary First.

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Documentary First is your bi-weekly dose of fascinating stories, real-life adventures, and illuminating explorations. Join us as we delve into captivating and thought-provoking documentaries, and meet the filmmakers, experts, and visionaries behind them. Whether you're a seasoned documentarian, a filmmaker just starting out or simply a curious listener, Documentary First is your destination for in-depth storytelling, thought-provoking insights, and compelling entertainment. So tune in, sit back, and get ready for a journey of discovery, with Documentary First.

    Episode 225 | Human Swiss Army Knife Filmmaking w/ Josh Haygood

    Episode 225 | Human Swiss Army Knife Filmmaking w/ Josh Haygood

    Did you ever wonder if a "Human Swiss Army Knife" of filmmaking existed? Well, in this episode, you'll meet one: Josh Haygood, also known as "The Fixer."
    Join us as Christian and Josh chat about how Josh got into filmmaking, transitioning from photography to moving pictures. From his time in Vietnam, devouring National Geographic, to landing jobs with the UN and MTV, Josh's journey is fascinating.
    We explore Haygood's extensive resume, showcasing his ability to tackle any job in the industry. His versatility and problem-solving skills earned him the nickname "The Fixer" during his years at MTV. He shares some of his experiences about being called to "fix" a project.
    Haygood worked on a recent documentary project that involved an innovative boating propeller, https://maelstrompropellers.com/
    In a segment called "Answer Me This," Christian throws Haygood a few questions about life and media arts.
    By the end of the episode, we invite Josh to be a "friend of the show" as we are excited to have him back to delve into more areas of filmmaking.
    DocuView Dèjà Vu:
    JOSH: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, 2018, 95 mins, Watch on Netflix or Prime, IMDB LINK:
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) ⭐ 8.3 | Documentary, Biography, History
    Josh Haygood's production company link:
    https://www.banditofilms.com/
    Timecodes:
    (00:00) - Introduction (12:17) How does somebody get to be in your position? (15:23) Development expertise in a thing become really, really good at least one thing. (17:28) The propeller company, the “Maelstrom Propellers” project. (21:46) “What do you want to do with that documentary?” (24:44) "What is one thing a person starting out could do to further their career?" (25:49) Josh names a person that really influenced his life. And why they made a difference to him. (27:39) “Three things that you tell your people when you want to set the tone on any production” (33:23) "What do you do when you're really struggling? When you don't have a project to work on or when the project you're working on isn't going well?" (43:51) "You absolutely seem to love your work and this lifestyle. And I just want to know. Why? This is a crazy job. It's crazy. What is it? Why do you love it so much?" (49:00) DocuView Dèjà Vu Segment - “Won't You Be My Neighbor”

    • 53 min.
    Bonus Episode | The Genesis of TGWWF - "AM 560 The Answer"

    Bonus Episode | The Genesis of TGWWF - "AM 560 The Answer"

    Hey podcast listeners, in anticipation for our limited theatrical release on D-Day, we are sharing a special segment where Christian Taylor was featured on "The Real Story with Jeanne Ives" aired May 26, 2024. Tune in to hear the beginnings of how Taylor got into directing and for updates on "Heroes of Carentan". Stream "The Girl Who Wore Freedom" this Memorial Day on Vudu, Apple TV, Prime Video, and Vimeo.

    • 21 min.
    Episode 224 | D-Day Theatrical Release, Guest: David Paterson (The Girl Who Wore Freedom)

    Episode 224 | D-Day Theatrical Release, Guest: David Paterson (The Girl Who Wore Freedom)

    In this episode, Christian and David Paterson discuss the FIRST ever theatrical release of "The Girl Who Wore Freedom"! They highlight the importance of knowing your audience, reaching out to mom-and-pop theaters, and independent film distribution overall.
    The conversation explores the reasoning behind having a limited theatrical release for our documentary film. They also touch on the costs associated with distribution and the timing strategy of theatrical releases. The episode concludes with a recommendation for the documentary film "The Greatest Night in Pop", which chronicles the making of the song "We Are the World." https://www.imdb.com/title/tt30796448/
    · UPDATE: We have 222 Screenings in 109 Cities and 31 States!!!
    · NEW SCREENINGS ADDED DAILY FOR THE GIRL WHO WORE FREEDOM
    · CHECK OUT OUR INTERACTIVE MAP and find a screening in a city near you! Click here: https://i.mtr.cool/snfqwdivme
    · Be sure to check back frequently, as we'll be adding other locations! 
    Timecodes
    00:00 Introduction and Company Update
    01:27 Theatrical Release Announcement
    08:00 The Importance of Knowing Your Audience
    13:27 Customizing Outreach Efforts for Community Engagement
    25:29 The Financial Aspects of a Theatrical Release
    29:45 Persistence in Securing Theatres
    33:41 Tailoring Screenings to the Venue
    34:07 Flexibility and Options for Theaters
    36:18 Considering the Costs of Distribution
    46:09 Timing is Key for Theatrical Releases
    52:19 DocuView Dèjà Vu: "The Greatest Night in Pop"

    • 57 min.
    Episode 223 | Documenting the $40 Billion Industry of NFTs

    Episode 223 | Documenting the $40 Billion Industry of NFTs

    In this episode, Christian Taylor interviews Nicholas Bruckman, the director of the documentary film 'Minted'. They discuss the film, which explores the world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and the artists who have embraced this new technology. Bruckman shares how he discovered the story and gained access to the artists involved. The film follows digital artists on their journey of navigating the rise and fall of the NFT market. Bruckman also reflects on the challenges of documentary filmmaking and the importance of telling meaningful stories. The conversation explores the challenges of documentary filmmaking, including the difficulties of telling a macro story and the need to release control when working with local crews. The filmmakers discuss the process of selecting main characters and the challenges of managing expectations and dealing with participants who may not be featured prominently in the final film. Fear and doubt can arise during the creative process and it is important to retain a sense of freedom and exploration. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the financial aspects of documentary filmmaking and the potential of NFTs as a tool for artists.
    Takeaways
    The documentary film "Minted" explores the world of NFTs and the artists who have embraced this new technology. Director Nick Bruckman gained access to the artists and followed their journey as they navigated the rise and fall of the NFT market. The film highlights the challenges and opportunities of the digital art world and the impact of NFTs on artists' lives and careers.
    Bruckman reflects on the importance of documentary filmmaking and the power of storytelling to create meaningful connections. Documentary filmmaking involves challenges such as telling a macro story and releasing control when working with local crews.
    Selecting main characters can be a difficult process, and managing expectations and dealing with participants who may not be prominently featured in the film is important. Fear and doubt are common during the creative process, but it's important to retain a sense of freedom and exploration.
    Financial stability in documentary filmmaking can be achieved through various avenues, such as commercial work or adjacent jobs in the industry. NFTs present an interesting tool for artists to explore, but marketing and getting work in front of collectors is still crucial. Timecodes
    00:00 Introduction and Welcome
    12:48 Exciting News and Distribution Deal for "Minted"
    29:34 The Story of Karina and NFTs in Cuba
    37:15 Dealing with Fear and Doubt in the Creative Process
    52:48 Exploring NFTs as a Tool for Artists

    • 1 u.
    Episode 222 | The Crazy World of "Mad Props"

    Episode 222 | The Crazy World of "Mad Props"

    In this episode, Christian provides an update on company developments and announces the upcoming trailer for our next documentary, "Heroes of Carentan." She gives an exclusive about the limited theatrical release of "The Girl Who Wore Freedom." Special guests, Tom Biolchini and Juan Pablo Reinoso, producer, director, and writer of "Mad Props," delve into the origins of "Mad Props," detailing its evolution from a TV show concept to a full-fledged documentary. Juan shares insights into his career and how his reunion with Tom sparked their collaboration on this project.
    The discussion explores the significance of embracing failure and highlights Tom’s natural flair as a host within the documentary. Juan outlines his organic filmmaking approach and the narrative development throughout "Mad Props." As the episode draws to a close, Tom shares his enthusiasm about realizing his childhood dreams through documentary.
    The conversation spans a variety of topics related to the film’s production, including budgeting, travel logistics, and scheduling. The guests discuss the challenges and strategies of navigating the film festival circuit. They emphasize the positive impact of maintaining a good attitude on set and its influence on the project. Juan reflects on his journey in the film industry, underscoring the importance of perseverance and dedication. Upcoming projects and Juan’s evolving roles in filmmaking are also discussed.
    Juan then talks about his favorite documentaries and the inherent unpredictability of documentary filmmaking. He stresses the importance of continuous learning and explains the concept of fair use for incorporating movie clips into documentaries. Insights into acquiring film clips and adapting to the dynamic nature of the film industry are shared. Juan highlights the critical roles of persistence and the filmmaker’s involvement in distribution. Lastly, Juan speaks to the generosity and philanthropy of Tom Biolchini, the focus of his documentary, rounding off a thoroughly engaging episode.
    Takeaways
    Documentary filmmakers must remain committed to continual learning and adapting to emerging technologies and evolving industry trends. Understanding fair use is paramount for integrating movie clips into documentaries; collaborating with clearance attorneys can provide essential guidance through complex legal landscapes. Persistence and resilience are crucial traits for filmmakers, given the industry's constant flux and the often demanding path to success. Active participation in the film's distribution process is essential, requiring filmmakers to invest significant effort in promoting their work. Moreover, the generosity and philanthropy of individuals like Tom not only enrich the filmmaking community but also leave a lasting impact on the broader world.
    DocuView Dèjà Vu:
    Juan Pablo Reinoso:
    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father, 2008, 95 mins, Watch on Prime or Tubi, IMDB:
    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) - IMDb 20 Days in Mariupol, 2023, 95 mins, Watch on Prime, IMDB:
    20 Days in Mariupol (2023) - IMDb Capturing the Friedmans, 2003, 107mins, Watch on Max or buy from Amazon, IMDB:
    Capturing the Friedmans (2003) ⭐ 7.6 | Documentary, Biography, Crime

    • 1 u. 39 min.
    Episode 221 | Meaningful Stories w/ Alex Ivany of Ifine: Beauty

    Episode 221 | Meaningful Stories w/ Alex Ivany of Ifine: Beauty

    In this episode, host Christian Taylor interviews Alex Ivany, a visual storyteller, about his journey in the documentary filmmaking industry. Alex shares his passion for social and racial justice, which led him to work on projects that shed light on marginalized communities. He discusses his role as a producer and editor on the film "Ifine: Beauty", which explores the issue of skin bleaching in Sierra Leone. Alex also provides tips for aspiring filmmakers, emphasizing the importance of networking, continuous learning, and finding a mentor. The episode concludes with a call to support the film and join the documentary filmmaking community. Alex Ivany's email: ivanyproductions@gmail.com
    Takeaways
    • Networking and asking questions are essential for aspiring filmmakers to gain knowledge and opportunities.
    • Putting in the hours of practice and learning from experienced mentors can help filmmakers improve their craft.
    • Volunteering and helping others in the industry can lead to valuable connections and opportunities.
    • Filmmakers have the power to tell stories that promote social justice and shed light on marginalized communities.
    • Continuous education and staying informed about social issues are crucial for documentary filmmakers.
    DocuView Dèjà Vu:
    Alex:
    Searching for Sugar Man, 2012, PG-13, 96mins, Watch on Prime, IMDB Link:
    Searching for Sugar Man (2012) - IMDb The Last Repair Shop, 2023, 39 mins, PG, Watch on Hulu, IMDB Link:
    The Last Repair Shop (2023) - IMDb Christian:
    The Trial of Adolf Eichmann, 1997, 90mins, Watch on Netflix, IMDB Link: The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Movie 1997) - IMDb Timecodes
    00:00 Introduction
    00:27 Introduction of Guest and Film
    03:08 Guest's Background and Journey into Filmmaking
    08:28 Transition to Editing and Working on '13th'
    14:14 Transition to Producing and "Ifine: Beauty"
    20:49 Passion for Social Justice and Racial Justice
    24:07 Origin of "Ifine: Beauty" and Topic of Skin Bleaching
    30:54 Life Cycle of the Film and Festival Circuit
    35:22 Availability of the Film and Social Media
    38:48 Reception of the Film in Sierra Leone
    42:52 Tips for New Filmmakers
    47:35 Importance of Education and Social Justice Filmmaking
    48:26 Closing Remarks and Call to Action

    • 55 min.

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