DIY & Crowdsourced Documentaries

by stephaniecorleto

I came across these two documentaries that are interesting examples of DIY documentaries.

Tarnation is the earlier of the two, released in 2003. Director Jonathan Caouette documented 19 years of his life with his schizophrenic mother. With a budget of $218 (edited with the free iMovie program) and two decades worth of super 8 film, photographs, answering machine recordings Caouette was able to create a world renowned film that received accolades from  Independent Spirit, Gotham Awards, National Society of Film Critics, and London International Film Festival.

Life in a Day was released this year that was directed by Kevin Macdonald  and produced by Ridley Scott. Life in a Day is made up of YouTube submissions from people who filmed their lives on July 24, 2010. Thousands are included in the final product.  While I have only seen the trailer and various clips from YouTube there is something so powerful about bringing together all these strangers who are willing to share a little part of themselves. May I suggest a screening day?

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