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Documentary filmmakers


From Wikipedia

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.


From The 20 Greatest Documentary Filmmakers of All Time Taste of Cinema, 03 May 2015

Documentary filmmakers come in a variety of shapes and forms. By their nature they are working outside of a system built for ascension, career and profit. There are no apprenticeships and you’re lucky if you are getting paid. They are making films out of passion for a specific topic and until recent decades hardly thinking that many eyes will ever see the finished product, much less pay money to do so.

As a form of cinematic expression, documentaries have been lost behind a wall of judgmental viewers who see the work as educational, news gathering, and riveting only in terms of subject or character. However, with the ascendance of digital filmmaking, growing platforms for film-viewing such as Netflix, SnagFilms, and film festivals, as well a few key successful TV shows and movies, documentaries are suddenly taken not as the unfortunate nerd to a popular narrative brother, but as equals in terms of entertainment value and maybe even one up in terms of artistry.

Yet, much to the surprise of modern viewers, documentaries as they exist now are not groundbreaking, boundary-pushing and expressive purely because of the imagination of their creators. In fact, since the moment people began capturing life onto celluloid, there have been men and women picking up their cameras and attempting to elevate a certain truth about life around them.


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  1. Peter Adair
  2. Michael Apted
  3. James Benning
  4. Les Blank
  5. Stan Brakhage
  6. Ken Burns
  7. Werner Herzog
  8. Steve James
  9. Claude Lanzmann
  10. Chris Marker
  11. Albert and David Maysles
  12. Michael Moore
  13. Errol Morris
  14. Marcel Ophuls
  15. DA Pennebaker
  16. Godfrey Reggio
  17. Alain Resnais
  18. Leni Riefenstahl
  19. Jean Rouch
  20. Peter Watkins
  21. Frederick Wiseman

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