Here’s a list of films or series we highly recommend for any budding documentarians. They are highly educational, but beyond that, we find them highly inspirational. Check them out to see how these filmmakers made a REEL difference.
Most are available on Amazon.com or Netflix (designated by *), but not all, so we’ve included some of the individual websites for additional overview and ordering information. Enjoy!
I Am A Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School* (1993)
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt* (1989)
Here are some helpful books you might want to check out at your local library, or even add to your collection. They are all available new and used on Amazon.com.
Braverman, Barry Video Shooter: Storytelling with DV, HD, and HDV Cameras Jolliffe, Genevieve The Documentary Film Makers Handbook Kenworthy , Chris Digital Video Production Cookbook Paul, Joshua Digital Video Hacks: Tips & Tools for Shooting, Editing, and Sharing
Rabiger, Michael Directing the Documentary Rosenthal, Alan Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos
Here are some media releases that can be very helpful for the organization and production of your film. Though the SI DocFest does not require that you use these releases, we highly encourage you to familiarize yourself with them as these forms can protect you - the filmmaker - from any legal consequences should they occur.