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Doc Talk: Excitement and Curiosity for Doc NYC and Morgan Spurlock's Launch Pad Initiative

2 November 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Today is the beginning of the second annual Doc NYC documentary festival, which is a huge bonus round of extraordinary choices for those of us in the Big Apple with a preference for nonfiction cinema. It also should be a destination for those outside New York, especially if you want to be schooled in documentary history via the very necessary Richard Leacock retrospective and catch up with some of my favorite underrated docs of the year, including in-competition works Kumare (my review), Scenes of a Crime (my review) and Unraveled (if you’re not mad at the 1% yet, here is a terrific inciter), as well as A Good Man and the delightfully, surprisingly romantic Stan Lee bio, With Great Power (my review), both of which are part of the fest’s new Icons...

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- Christopher Campbell

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New technology opens up documentary-making

6 June 2011 9:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Recording devices are always evolving – from 16mm cameras to iPad apps – offering film-makers the chance to innovate

The summer of 1960 heralded a critical period in the history of film and it had to do with the 16mm camera. "Just one thing held documentaries back from being free-form, fluid slices of life until this point," says Mandy Chang, director and producer of The Camera That Changed the World, which airs on BBC4 next month. "The fact that for decades, films were mainly shot on unwieldy, 35mm cameras requiring lots of paraphernalia."

Smaller cameras were available, but film-makers were restricted by their noisy winding mechanisms – forcing them to shoot silent. "This dictated both a certain style and approach in documentary-making, and many were set in studio," explains Chang.

The 16mm, hand-held cameras enabled what came to be known as location-based "direct cinema", pioneered in the Us by film-makers such as Richard Leacock »

- Meg Carter

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