Making Promises

An excerpt from Stories Make the World by Stephen Most

Since the beginning of human history, stories have helped people make sense of their lives and their world. Today, an understanding of storytelling is invaluable as we seek to orient ourselves within a flood of raw information and an unprecedented variety of supposedly true accounts. In Stories Make the World, award-winning screenwriter Stephen Most offers a captivating, refreshingly heartfelt exploration of how documentary filmmakers and other storytellers come to understand their subjects and cast light on the world through their art. Drawing on the author’s decades of experience behind the scenes of television and film documentaries, this is an indispensable account of the principles and paradoxes that attend the quest to represent reality truthfully.

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Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary

A review by David L. Brown

Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary, Stephen Most’s new book, is smart, well-written and engrossing. The author is a documentary writer/producer whose professional life is full of storytelling – for stage, page and screen.

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Filled with fascinating detail and insight into a very broad range of storytelling, Stories Make the World is an important addition to the books on documentaries and on storytelling in general. It will be very valuable for all students and makers of documentary films and for everyone who cares about the power of documentary to tell dramatic stories and to enhance our understanding of the world.

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DUNKIRK is in 6 Formats, Where Should You Experience It?

When Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar opened in 2014 we asked bay area projectionist Chris Rasmussen (a cinematographer and technician who installs, maintains and projects digital, 70mm and 35mm) to watch the movie in a variety of projected formats and he offered an insider’s view. We also told a story of a 70mm IMAX screening gone very wrong. 

But between all his work and watching it in five different formats his insightful story also took a week to get finished and published. And we know that you want to make a decision about where to see Nolan’s Dunkirk now.

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Nolan shot Dunkirk on both 70mm (actually 65mm with the other 5mm left for soundtrack information) and IMAX film. You can choose to see it on IMAX 70mm film, IMAX with Laser, IMAX Xenon, traditional 70mm, 35mm, and DCP ( standard “digital cinema package”).

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Start Making Sense– Today

by Gary Meyer

The Castro Theatre in San Francisco was packed for the World Premiere of Jonathan Demme’s first concert film at the Closing Night of the 1984 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Festival Director Peter Scarlet introduced Demme who then brought David Byrne, back-up singer Lynn Mabry, keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison and producer Gary Goetzman on stage. Demme explained that he had been working on the film practically up to the screening.

“We’ve never seen this before either.”

The Art House community will come together for a special national showing of Stop Making Sense on Wednesday, July 19 in a “Celebration of Jonathan Demme.” A complete list of theaters can be found here (with some later dates noted).

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