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.”

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Eat My Shorts: Watch The Last Films of Jonathan Demme, Music Videos and his Early TV

Jonathan Demme passed away on April, 2017. We present clips from his last two music films, two complete short documentaries plus a trailer and tribute for the very last thing he directed, an episode for Shots Fired. As bonuses there are classic music videos from “Gidget Goes To Hell” to Bruce Springsteen plus two wonderful and rarely seen early television shows. Enjoy.

His last film premiered in July at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  More than a film it is a multimedia experience called The Power of Rock. Here is a trailer.

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