the dreaded "d" word

by eug
March 3, 2007 8:37 AM
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iraglassSMiw.jpgDon't call Ira Glass upcoming TV show a 'documentary'. The creator of the popular radio series This American Life is bringing the program to Showtime, but in an interview with the New York Times Magazine he shies away from using the "D word" to describe his show:

We don’t say “documentary” because “documentary” sounds boring. We try to avoid that word.

I wrote about the new show at Sundance after parts of it were screened at the festival (and Glass was also interviewed for an iW Video segment).

Is 'documentary' really such a dirty word?

The question reminds me to linke "Iraq in Fragments" producerJohn Sinno's open letter to AMPAS (published yesterday in indieWIRE), in which he criticizes Jerry Seinfeld's dis of non-fiction films when he presented the best documentary Oscar the other night. The comedian quipped that the five nominated films were "incredibly depressing."

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