Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, and Nonfiction Storytelling

Jim Martin Speaking In China

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Documentary Filmmaker, Professor and Author James R (Jim) Martin has spoken for the second year (2017), at several Chinese Universities about Documentary Filmmaking, Actuality Storytelling and Interviewing. Talks are based on his documentary filmmaking career, writing, and teaching experience as professor in the film production program at Columbia College Chicago and as Director of the documentary course at Full Sail University in Florida.

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Audio Interview to supplement Video Interview

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Supplemental interview on Audio only to back up video interview.

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Actuality Interviewing and Listening by James R Martin

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Actuality Interviewing and Listening explores the connection between conducting an interview and listening on all levels. Anyone who conducts interviews for any reason will benefit from reading this book.

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Documentary Conference In China by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Documentary, Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

It is 14,120 Kilometers (8,774 miles) from Orlando, Florida to Shenzhen, China. Despite the distance and travel time it was an honor to be at the conference. I was invited to attend by The China Documentary Academic Association (CDAA) to speak about documentary storytelling at the Twenty-second Annual Chinese Documentary Conference held in Shenzhen. While I was in China I was invited to speak at Beijing Normal University and Beijing Film Academy.

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Filmmaker Jim Martin Keynote Speaker at Documentary Film Conference in China

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in DOC BOOK, News | 2 comments

Emmy award winning filmmaker, director and writer, James R. Martin will be a keynote speaker at the 22nd China Documentary Academic Association Conference (CDAA). Hosted by the CDAA and the Beijing Film Academy the conference runs from November 11 - 15, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. Developed for Chinese film and television professionals and students, the conference is intended to fuel the growth of Chinese TV documentary programming.

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Eight Days A Week -The Beatles – The Touring Years Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Just when you thought you knew everything about the Beatles along comes Ron Howard with a new traditional documentary film focusing on the Beatles in the beginning, getting underway, then moving on to the years of touring the world, reaching crowds so large they needed super big venues like Shea Stadium housing 50,000 fans at a time on some occasions.

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Meet The Patels – Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Meet The Patels, winner of the audience award at the 2014 Los Angles Film Festival, achieves explores the pressure on Indian American Families to maintain their culture and traditions, in particular those relating to marriage, in the face of the assimilation of the second generation. It is informative and entertaining.

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Where To Invade Next is a not to subtle reminder of what the middle and working class people of the United States have been deprived of while many European countries and others have moved ahead with health care, education, equal rights for women, workers rights, drug abuse, prison reform, and family planning. In addition how other countries have dealt with major past problems in their cultures so that they can move on and not repeat the same mistakes.

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Vivian Maier Street Photographer, The Vivian Maier Mystery, Finding Vivian Maier and A Photographer Found -- Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Vivian Maier was born on February 1, 1926 in New York City. Around the age of 25 or 26 she started taking photographs, about 100,000 or more pictures by the time she died on April 21, 2009, ninety-nine percent of which she never showed anyone. She worked as a Nanny and/or Housekeeper most of her life using her spare time to photograph in New York City, Chicago, a village in France, and on an eight-month world tour accompanied by her trusted twin-lens Rolliflex camera hanging from her neck. Her work was discovered two years before she died but she was unaware of it. It included documentary style photography, 8mm film and audio recordings.

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American Experience: Walt Disney — Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, REVIEWS | 0 comments

PBS - American Experience: Walt Disney documentary provides an uncensored, well researched, exploration of Walt Disney, the man, his work, and his passion for achieving goals. The 221 mintute documentary looks into Walt Disney’s contributions to the art of film, his strengths and weaknesses. The film examines his great insight into American culture and at other times his opaque insensitivity to historical, political and social issues facing Americans. Walt Disney was an artist and an entrepreneur, greatly aided in his goals by Roy Disney, his brother who complemented Walt’s obsessive personality with a practical nuance. American Experience: Walt Disney informs and entertains. It is a great biography of Disney and the development of animated feature films.

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