Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film

Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film


Latest Episodes

133: Remembering Leon Gast & “When We Were Kings”
March 18, 2021

“When We Were Kings” director Leon King died on March 8 at age 84. He took over twenty years to make his Oscar-winning documentary about the boxers Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman, filmed in Zaire in 1974 and completed in 1996.

132: Telling the Story of Fred Hampton
March 04, 2021

Thom Powers interviews four members of the “Eyes on the Prize II” team - a documentary that played a key role for in the research new Hollywood film “Judas and the Black Messiah” is based on the lives of Panther leader Fred Hampton and the person who be

131: Alex Vitale on Rethinking True Crime
February 26, 2021

True crime documentaries are booming. But what do they tell us about criminal justice and what do they leave out?

130: Jean Tsien Goes Outside Her Comfort Zone
February 18, 2021

Jean Tsien has worked as a documentary editor for over 30 years with directors such as Orlando Bagwell, Barbara Kopple, and Roger Ross Williams.

129: Breaking Rules with Victor Kossakovsky, Kirsten Johnson & Garrett Bradley
February 11, 2021

“Don’t film if you can live without filming.” Those are the words of Victor Kossakovsky from his 10 Rules of documentary making. They are the starting point for a wide-ranging conversation with Victor along with Kirsten Johnson and Garrett Bradley, modera

128: Bao Nguyen on Bruce Lee in “Be Water”
January 21, 2021

Filmmaker Bao Nguyen profiles Bruce Lee, searching for the man behind the icon, in the ESPN documentary “Be Water.”

127: Remembering Robert Fisk
December 29, 2020

Journalist Robert Fisk died in October at age 74. He spent decades reporting in the Middle East as a newspaper columnist and the author of books including “Pity the Nation” and “The Great War for Civilization.”

126: Loira Limbal on “Through the Night”
December 22, 2020

“Through the Night” profiles a 24-hour child care run by Deloris “Nunu” Hogan and her husband Patrick from their home in New Rochelle, NY. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the DOC NYC festival and was a NY Times Critic’s Pick.

126: Loira Limbal on “Through the Night”
December 21, 2020

“Through the Night” profiles a 24-hour child care run by Deloris “Nunu” Hogan and her husband Patrick from their home in New Rochelle, NY. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the DOC NYC festival and was a NY Times Critic’s Pick. It had an Oscar-qualifyi

125: Garrett Bradley on “Time”
October 15, 2020

Garrett Bradley is having a moment. In January, she won the Sundance Documentary Directing Prize for her film “Time” that comes to Amazon this month; and she has a multi-channel video installation coming to MoMA in November.