Documentary Filmmaking

As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to evolve, the problem of gender bias and discrimination in the workplace is no closer to being solved. Filmmaker Lea-Ann W. Berst saw that first hand with her own daughter Ashley Maria.

Screen grab from an old nontheatrical film showing a young African American athlete on a field with white peers.
Courtesy of Duke University Press

Do you remember watching educational movies in elementary school? Older generations might think of the teacher setting up the 16 mm projector, while younger folks were assigned YouTube videos to watch at home.

Promotional image for 'Run of the Picture' documentary
Evan Kidd

Johnny Dutch is a man of many talents, passions and identities. He’s the subject of the new documentary film “Run of the Picture,” which traces his journey as a world-class hurdler who nearly qualified for the 2008 Olympics. But beyond his intense training and athletic pursuits, it also exposes his creative side: he is a filmmaker who creates gut-drenched zombie films in his spare time.

a photo of two women with a tractor in a field
Joanne Hershfield

Once criminals have served their time, they are released and expected to return to being productive members of society. But what resources are in place to help them do so? The documentary “Benevolence: A Journey From Prison To Home ” follows five women as they try to reintegrate into society while working on a farm in Alamance County.

Daphne McWilliams with her son
Courtesy of Daphne McWilliams

How does a documentary change when the director becomes the subject? Filmmaker Daphne McWilliams explored this in her directorial debut “In A Perfect World.” The documentary features interviews with eight men who were raised by single mothers and includes McWilliams’ own story.

Image of cartoon man standing in mountains on poster from documentary 'Fenn's Searchers'
Courtesy Matt Maisano

When Forrest Fenn was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decided to give away some of his wealth in an unconventional way. Fenn is a collector, and he buried his gold, rare coins, and gems in a treasure chest and left a riddle leading to its location.