Documentary film is a truly amazing form of art and storytelling, and thanks to the rise in popularity of streaming services like Netflix, we seem to be living in the golden age of the documentary. From gripping crime stories, to heart-opening human connections, to downright eye-opening, world-view-changing film, documentaries don’t just entertain, they educate. And as Sea World can tell you post Blackfish, that education has a lot of power. So what is it like to wield that sort of power? What is it like to have your audience demand that you both entertain them, and give them some food for thought?
2:15 – The impact of Netflix for documentarians.
3:40 – Documentary distribution and film festivals.
6:35 – The business end of getting something on Netflix.
10:10 – Getting something produced by Netflix.
16:30 – The Evocateur doc.
20:30 – What is ‘against the rules’ for a documentary film maker?
22:30 – Editing a doc and the story changing over the course of filming.
25:40 – Crazy screenings and film reactions.
27:15 – How do you typically pick a story to make a documentary about?
30:50 – Have a voice and style.
32:00 – Getting funding from the national science foundation.
35:40 – Working on a film for 5 years, and changing as a person during that time.
38:25 – What makes a good documentary
40:00 - Jeremy’s favorite documentary to film thus far
40:45 - Being behind the lense
42:00 - Jeremy’s favorite documentaries
43:20 - Making a Murderer Doc: Who did it?
45:15 - Strangest/Most amazing day on set
47:30 - Documentaries changing the way Jeremy thinks and lives his life.
49:20 - Advice on how to get started as a filmmaker
54:10 - Where to find Jeremy’s movies.