Sheffield Doc/Fest Podcast

From Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, Vernon Florida, A Brief History of Time, Fast Cheap and Out of Control to Mr Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leutcher, Jr. Errol Morris has continued to make some of the most controversial, influential and thought-provoking films in the documentary field. "Morris is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker capable of melding science, philosophy, poetry and sheer whimsy into an elaborate mediation on mankind's mysteries. His unique ability to get subjects to open up can be attributed to his genuine interest and concern. This coupled with extremely diverse interests results in his fidning something extraordinary in the ordinary". Janet Maslin, The New York Times. We are honoured that Errol Morris is returning to Sheffield to discuss his singular approach to film making.

Direct download: 11_Errol_Morris_Masterclass.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:03pm UTC

Documentary filmmakers struggle with licensing problems when they quote or even accidentally capture copyrighted or trademarked works in their films. How have filmmakers made the law friendlier to quation and what can others do to help themselves? Initiatives in the US, Canada and Europe are discussed.

Direct download: 06_Copyright.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:47pm UTC

In the wake of ten years of 'Storyville', including an Oscar, ninety nine other prizes, and BBC cuts, Nick Fraser looks at the current state of documentaries aka factual films that may or may not be shown on television, in cinemas or on the internet. "This is not a reterospective", he insists. "Our industry is full of self congratulatory events, and I have no desire to add to these. Instead, I look for a mixture of polemic and peer into the future". Nick Fraser is going to illustrate with clips of future 'Storyvilles'.

Direct download: 24_Shocks_And_Awesome.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:43pm UTC

Internationally acclaimed documentary maker Bob Connolly presents a fascinating session on his work and longstanding collaboration with Robin Anderson, who tragically passed away in March 2002. Using film clips as illustration, Connolly talks about making his compelling films with Anderson, including their momentous Papua New Guinea triology (First Contact, Joe Leahy's neighbours, Black Harvest), Rats in the Ranks and Facing the Music. Facing the Music was selected by guest curator Kim Longinotto for screening in this year's festival.

Direct download: 03_Bob_Connolly_Masterclass.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 3:46pm UTC