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Documentary superstars : how today's filmmakers are reinventing the form /
by Marsha McCreadie.
imprint
New York, NY : Allworth Press, c2008.
description
x, 245 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN
1581155085 (pbk.), 9781581155082 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
New York, NY : Allworth Press, c2008.
isbn
1581155085 (pbk.)
9781581155082 (pbk.)
catalogue key
7057068
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Marsha McCreadie is a widely published critic with an established reputation for writing about women in film. She is the author of Women on Film: The Critical Eye, The Casting Couch and Other Front Row Seats, and Women Screenwriters Today: Their Lives and Words. McCreadie earned her doctorate at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and has taught in the English Department of Rutgers University. She lives in New York City, where she writes for the New York, the Buffalo News, and the Reeler, and teaches documentary film at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
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Review Quotes
Praise forDocumentary Superstars: How Today's Filmmakers Are Reinventing the Form "A lively, well researched, and informative book that raises all the right questions about documentaries of the past as well as those of the present. The "Tips and Tricks of the Trade" section will be particularly useful to beginning filmmakers. This book is highly recommended."Philippe Perebinossoff, Radio Television and Film Department, California State University, Fullerton "I reach for my revolver when I see documentaries referred to as 'docs', but with such enthralling interviews and fascinating revelations, I forgive everything."Kevin Brownlow, film historian and filmmaker "Documentary Superstars' sparkling exuberance, wit, and wisdomqualities all too rarely combined in studies of this typemake this a must-read for students and lay readers alike.... McCreadie fearlessly tackles new generations of imagemakers busily refining and redefining documentary forms on screens, on the Web, and on reality television.... I'm sure my students will love reading it every bit as much as McCreadie has obviously loved writing it."John C. Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Film, University of Kansas
Praise for Documentary Superstars: How Today's Filmmakers Are Reinventing the Form "A lively, well researched, and informative book that raises all the right questions about documentaries of the past as well as those of the present. The "Tips and Tricks of the Trade" section will be particularly useful to beginning filmmakers. This book is highly recommended." Philippe Perebinossoff, Radio Television and Film Department, California State University, Fullerton "I reach for my revolver when I see documentaries referred to as 'docs', but with such enthralling interviews and fascinating revelations, I forgive everything." Kevin Brownlow, film historian and filmmaker " Documentary Superstars ' sparkling exuberance, wit, and wisdomqualities all too rarely combined in studies of this typemake this a must-read for students and lay readers alike.... McCreadie fearlessly tackles new generations of imagemakers busily refining and redefining documentary forms on screens, on the Web, and on reality television.... I'm sure my students will love reading it every bit as much as McCreadie has obviously loved writing it." John C. Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Film, University of Kansas "Reading about important documentary filmmaking is easy-if you pick up the new page-turner by Marsha McCreadie. Documentary Superstars is conversationally written and informally organized, but this easy-to-read book takes on a difficult task: McCreadie wants to know how the revered doc filmmakers of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s (wittingly or unwittingly) laid the groundwork for today's blockbuster 'star/auteurs'." -- Lisa Mills, Documentary magazine "It is the latest in a series of McCreadie's books on the filmmaking scene . . . both brilliant and acerbic, sometimes at the same time." --The Notre Dame Review of Books
Praise for Documentary Superstars: How Today’s Filmmakers Are Reinventing the Form “A lively, well researched, and informative book that raises all the right questions about documentaries of the past as well as those of the present. The "Tips and Tricks of the Trade" section will be particularly useful to beginning filmmakers. This book is highly recommended.”– Philippe Perebinossoff, Radio Television and Film Department, California State University, Fullerton “I reach for my revolver when I see documentaries referred to as 'docs', but with such enthralling interviews and fascinating revelations, I forgive everything.”– Kevin Brownlow, film historian and filmmaker “ Documentary Superstars ' sparkling exuberance, wit, and wisdom–qualities all too rarely combined in studies of this type–make this a must-read for students and lay readers alike.... McCreadie fearlessly tackles new generations of imagemakers busily refining and redefining documentary forms on screens, on the Web, and on reality television.... I'm sure my students will love reading it every bit as much as McCreadie has obviously loved writing it.” –John C. Tibbetts, Associate Professor of Film, University of Kansas “Reading about important documentary filmmaking is easy-if you pick up the new page-turner by Marsha McCreadie. Documentary Superstars is conversationally written and informally organized, but this easy-to-read book takes on a difficult task: McCreadie wants to know how the revered doc filmmakers of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s (wittingly or unwittingly) laid the groundwork for today’s blockbuster ‘star/auteurs’.” -- Lisa Mills, Documentary magazine "It is the latest in a series of McCreadie's books on the filmmaking scene . . . both brilliant and acerbic, sometimes at the same time." --The Notre Dame Review of Books
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Summaries
Main Description
When did the documentary filmmaker, purveyor of all things dull, become a glamorous Hollywood figure? Documentary Superstars examines the evolution of the documentary film: from cinema verit to the inserted narrator, from the "balanced" point of view to the charismatic commentator, from the documentarian as star to popular "reality" television shows. Film critic and instructor Marsha McCreadie explores the controversy and innovation of the modern day documentary with detailed film descriptions and brand new commentary from some of the most influential names in the field, including: Errol Morris- Werner Herzog- Michael Moore-Kevin Macdonald- Sacha Baron Cohen- Celia Maysles- Morgan Spurlock - Christopher Guest- Albert Maysles- Peter Davis- Alan Berliner- Davis Guggenheim- Grace Lee- Sydney Pollack- Frederick Wiseman Perfect for both film buffs and aspiring filmmakers, Documentary Superstars includes a list of the big international and local film festivals, as well as a compilation of advice and tricks from the writers, producers, and directors reinventing the documentary.
Main Description
When did the documentary filmmaker, purveyor of all things dull, become a glamorous Hollywood figure? Documentary Superstars examines the evolution of the documentary film: from cinema verité to the inserted narrator, from the balanced point of view to the charismatic commentator, from the documentarian as star to popular reality television shows. Film critic and instructor Marsha McCreadie explores the controversy and innovation of the modern day documentary with detailed film descriptions and brand new commentary from some of the most influential names in the field, including: Errol Morris - Werner Herzog - Michael Moore - Kevin Macdonald - Sacha Baron Cohen - Celia Maysles - Morgan Spurlock - Christopher Guest - Albert Maysles - Peter Davis - Alan Berliner - Davis Guggenheim - Grace Lee - Sydney Pollack - Frederick Wiseman Perfect for both film buffs and aspiring filmmakers, Documentary Superstars includes a list of the big international and local film festivals, as well as a compilation of advice and tricks from the writers, producers, and directors reinventing the documentary.
Main Description
When did the documentary filmmaker, purveyor of all things dull, become a glamorous Hollywood figure? Documentary Superstars examines the evolution of the documentary film: from cinma vrit to the inserted narrator, from the balanced point of view to the charismatic commentator, from the documentarian as star to popular reality television shows. Film critic and instructor Marsha McCreadie explores the controversy and innovation of the modern day documentary with detailed film descriptions and brand new commentary from some of the most influential names in the field, including:
Main Description
The first book to trace the rise of documentaries as mainstream entertainment When did documentaries get glamorous?Documentary Superstarslooks at the history of documentaries and traces their transition from hands-off to in your face. Exclusive interviews with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Errol Morris, George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Morgan Freeman, Al Gore, and more of the biggest names in the field show the impact of the documentary style on mainstream movies and on our society. From cinema verite to the inserted narrator, from the "balanced" point of view to the charismatic commentator (a laFahrenheit 9/11), to the documentarian starring in his own narrative (as inSupersize Me) to filmmakers' innovative use of cameos, pseudocameos, and archival footage, and much more,Documentary Superstarsexamines the way in which this evolving art form has changedand changed us. Newfound box-office clout makes documentaries big business Interviews with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Al Gore, Sacha Baron Cohen, more Includes career advice for new documentary filmmakers
Main Description
The first book to trace the rise of documentaries as mainstream entertainment When did documentaries get glamorous? Documentary Superstars looks at the history of documentaries and traces their transition from hands-off to in your face. Exclusive interviews with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Errol Morris, George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Morgan Freeman, Al Gore, and more of the biggest names in the field show the impact of the documentary style on mainstream movies and on our society. From cinema verite to the inserted narrator, from the "balanced" point of view to the charismatic commentator (a la Fahrenheit 9/11 ), to the documentarian starring in his own narrative (as in Supersize Me ) to filmmakers' innovative use of cameos, pseudocameos, and archival footage, and much more, Documentary Superstars examines the way in which this evolving art form has changedand changed us. Newfound box-office clout makes documentaries big business Interviews with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Al Gore, Sacha Baron Cohen, more Includes career advice for new documentary filmmakers
Bowker Data Service Summary
Discover how the role of the documentary filmmaker has evolved from distant, silent observer to front-and-centre personality behind some of the biggest box office hits of the last few years.
Main Description
The first book to trace the rise of documentaries as mainstream entertainment * Newfound box-office clout makes documentaries big business * Interviews with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Al Gore, Sacha Baron Cohen, more * Includes career advice for new documentary filmmakers When did documentaries get glamorous?Documentary Superstarslooks at the history of documentaries and traces their transition from hands-off to in your face. Exclusive interviews with Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Errol Morris, George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Morgan Freeman, Al Gore, and more of the biggest names in the field show the impact of the documentary style on mainstream movies and on our society. From cinema verite to the inserted narrator, from the "balanced" point of view to the charismatic commentator (a laFahrenheit 9/11), to the documentarian starring in his own narrative (as inSupersize Me)to filmmakers' innovative use of cameos, pseudocameos, and archival footage, and much more,Documentary Superstarsexamines the way in which this evolving art form has changed--and changed us.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Transforming the Image of Truthp. 001
The Purist and the Peekaboo Documentarianp. 027
The Professor and the Rabble-Rouserp. 053
The Practitioner and the Visionaryp. 075
The Charismatic Commenterp. 107
The Documentarian Gets to Starp. 127
The Documentary Filmmaker in the Role of Spoofmeisterp. 151
Happy Hybridsp. 171
The New Breed Selects and Mixes Formsp. 183
It's a Wrapp. 199
Tips and Tricks of the Tradep. 217
Brief List of Film Festivalsp. 227
Selected Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 235
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