The winners of the 2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund have been announced!Read More
“The experience of watching a film in a beautiful cinema continues to be among the most rewarding of contemporary cultural experiences.”
We caught up with Noah Cowan for a quick Q&A on the occasion of our exciting announcement.Read More
By Jacob Kornbluth
So there I was. I had totally given up on my film career in LA, and gone to live in Berkeley, CA. In trying to put together a fiction film, I had met Robert Reich and become friends with him. Reich and I had started making short videos together, they were successful, and I had begun thinking about how to make a film about what had happened to the American economy and the Middle class. But I had no idea where to start.Read More
By Jacob Kornbluth
My first documentary, Inequality For All, opens theatrically on September 27 in the top 25 markets. This is an extraordinary release for a doc, and I couldn’t be any more proud of the film.
As I go from film fest to film fest, people ask me all the time – when did you get the idea for the film? The strange but true answer is this: I got the idea for the film when I gave up on the film industry.
By Jim CummingsIn 2011, a speaker at a reputable film festival said to an audience of filmmakers, “the best part about making movies today is that anyone can make movies, and the worst part is also that anyone can make movies.” I turned to inspect the audience because I wondered, as I do still, to whom he was speaking? How could it ever be good for artisans that everyone can make art?
By Andrew Zinnes
One of the frustrating issues with documentary film is that the medium is finite.
You have eighty minutes max to get your story/messages out and generally the latter comes in small doses so as not to turn off the lay viewer. Troubling – especially when you have a complex subject matter that deserves greater attention in order to explain a situation properly.
I remember reading someplace that a good story often just falls into your lap fully formed. Now I don’t want to speculate over whether my story is a good one or not, that conjecture is now in the capable hands of film going audiences everywhere, so you can make your own decision, but that’s how it came to me – fully formed. However it still took four years to shape into a script that anyone was willing to finance.Read More