At its core, investigative journalists and filmmakers whose work is inspired by the investigative instinct are motivated to expose a truth otherwise concealed from public view. These truths, more often than not, shed light on a significant injustice such as criminal misconduct in the police force, or off-shore tax havens for the wealthy. Both in […]
The traditions of filmmaking and journalism are distinct, as are the demands of the form and with that, the truth they seek. For investigative journalists, truth at its best is grounded in evidence and fact, and accuracy is king. Filmmaker Werner Herzog describes a kind of truth that is the enemy of the merely factual; […]
Fact Checking may not be a sexy undertaking, but it plays a vital role in journalism. Filmmakers, particularly those working in the documentary mode and making films that embody the investigative instinct, do not necessarily have the institutional infrastructure that supports fact checking as part of their production process. How do filmmakers gauge the veracity […]
Journalists and filmmakers are often not first on the scene of a promising story. Sometimes, investigators paid by private clients–investment groups, political parties, advocacy groups, even a person wronged–have gathered information, and seek a reporter or filmmaker to carry their work forward. But how should such material be treated, if at all? How can an […]
As the audiences shrink for deep dive investigations and longform stories told solely in words, news organizations are increasingly tapping a variety of media to convey complex stories. Hear from individuals who are at the forefront of this new wave of short form visual journalism.
Straight talk from the people who make it all possible. Hear from leading funders of documentary filmmaking and works of journalism in the visual realm about their strategies, the kinds of projects they’ve supported in the past, and what they hope to achieve by investing in filmmaking in the future.
Race is a critical factor in American life. It plays a disproportionate role in the criminal justice system, where African Americans are overwhelmingly represented as victims and suspects, felons and prisoners. Since 1991, when an eyewitness camera caught the encounter between an unknown taxi driver, Rodney King, and members of the Los Angeles police force, […]
A brother’s murder in Scotland leads to combing through rubble in Libya, in a decades-long search for his killer. An assault on a child triggers an odyssey through the criminal justice system. A career spent behind the camera shooting footage from all around the world prompts the cameraperson to turn the lens on herself. Where […]
The United States has just under five percent of the world’s population, but accounts for nearly a quarter of the planet’s population behind bars. Since 1978, the share of Americans in jail or prison has increased more than 400 percent. Supermax prisons, built to hold large numbers of inmates in solitary confinement for months or […]
What do King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson*, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the movie star Jackie Chan have in common? Their names all turned up in the Panama Papers, the biggest known leak of documents in history, detailing how a financial services firm in Panama hid billions of dollars […]
One of this year’s most talked about projects is a five-part, 464-minute documentary film that is as epic in its length as it is in its achievements. Ezra Edelman’s, O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA, follows the life of Simpson from his early days growing up in San Francisco through his incarceration in Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center, […]