November 16, 2009
Panel: It’s a Documentary, But Can You Trust It?
In this Starz Denver Film Festival discussion, our panel of documentary filmmakers discuss how they build stories and create drama while remaining true to the facts. They examine questions of style and substance, considering different approaches to the art of the documentary – from fly-on-the-wall realism to frank advocacy. They touch upon everything from the role of research to the use of staged footage in what has become one of our most vital cinematic genres. And they discuss how the world’s best-known documentary filmmaker – Michael Moore – has impacted audience expectations for nonfiction films.
This panel featured six filmmakers with documentaries screening at this year’s festival: Paul Osborne (Official Rejection); AJ Schnack (Convention); Julie Speer Hunniford (Swift Justice); Michael Sladek (Con Artist); Donal Mosher (October Country); and Michael Palmieri (October Country). Film critic Robert Denerstein moderated the discussion