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10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

Review: 'Sarah Palin: You Betcha!' Is A Surprisingly Toothless Bore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 29, 2011 6:02 AM
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Nick Broomfield is a British documentarian with a reputation for being boldly unafraid to ruffle people’s feathers. In films like “Biggie & Tupac” and, most notoriously, “Kurt and Courtney,” he seemed unconcerned with the status quo (or possibly lawsuits), making inflammatory claims and taking part in gleeful provocation, a welcome change of pace from the overtly mannered realm of current documentary filmmaking. Which makes “Sarah Palin: You Betcha!,” his new film about America’s one-time potential Vice President and former Governor of Alaska, so odd – it’s boring, toothless, and genial. Anyone (like me) smacking their gums in anticipation of the pointed evisceration Palin would receive from the guy who not-so-subtly suggested Courtney Love engineered Kurt Cobain’s death is going to be sorely disappointed.

Random: Steve Coogan, Stephen Dorff & Rapper K'naan Team For Nick Broomfield's 'The Catastrophist'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 1:53 AM
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Even within the realm of random collaborations and teamings, this one still veers off to the higher end of the scale.

Watch: Button-Pushing Clip From Nick Broomfield's Documentary 'Sarah Palin - You Betcha!'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 9:08 AM
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No, you're not confused, a Sarah Palin documentary is already making its way around the country, the hagiographic, softball portrait "The Undefeated," a grassroots sensation -- or so the producers want you to believe -- though in actuality, no one really cares all that much. Nevertheless, despite what you may think of her, it's undeniable that Palin is an intriguing political figure, someone who has managed to rally a huge group of followers who do have some impact on the discourse of the nation, no matter how misinformed and ridiculous that discourse is. And while "The Undefeated" is being pitched right to her core, controversial filmmaker Nick Broomfield has teamed with Joan Churchill to offer a response.

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