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86 – Influential Documentaries to My Doc Life
Episode 8617th August 2018 • The Documentary Life • The Documentary Life
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As a doc filmmaker, how many times have you been asked what your favorite documentary film is? If you’re anything like me, it’s a nearly impossible and futile question to answer. There are just too many incredibly documentaries that have influenced, inspired, and excited me over the years, to have to name a single favorite one of them.


That being said, it’s not difficult for me to rattle off a number of documentaries that have been of particular influence to me and my work. Which is what today’s episode is all about: docs of influence.


And once you’ve listened to the show, I’d like to encourage you to share with the rest of us #doclifers your list of docs that have influenced you! You can email me, use the TDL Hotline (1-828-419-4845) or maybe even better yet, post your list as a comment on the TDL Community Facebook Group.


Docs Discussed

  • Burden of Dreams
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
  • War Photogapher
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Touching the Void


Related Sources

° Watch the trailer for Burden of Dreams


° Watch the trailer for Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse


° Watch the trailer for War Photographer


° Watch the trailer for Hoop Dreams 


° Watch the trailer for Touching the Void


#Doclifer Film



Be sure and check out #DocLifer Erin McGoff‘s current documentary film project, This Little Land of Mines!






Journey to Kathmadu

If you are interested in watching TDL host, Chris G. Parkhurst’s personal documentary, you can check out Journey to Kathmandua film that follows the once-in-a-lifetime journey that goats make from their farmland lives of goats in Tibet to their sacrificial deaths in Kathmandu, during the Nepalese holiday, Dashain.

Purchase of the Deluxe Director’s & Goat’s Edition comes loaded with behind-the-scenes footage, director’s commentary, shorts, and deleted scenes. Regardless if you’re simply looking for more info on the making of J2K’or you’re a budding independent filmmaker (or just a fan of goats!), this is a must-have for anyone who enjoys gaining insight into what goes into the making of an independent documentary in a developing country.


Sponsors & Thank Yous

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°  Free Music ArchiveSpecial Thank You to recording artist, Dlay who supplied music for this week’s episode of TDL. You too can download his music or other artist’s music by going to Free Music Archive today!



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