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The Singer or the Song? Invention and Self-Reference in Documentary Filmmaking

Despite a popular notion that documentaries should be unfettered depictions of things outside themselves, many films leave conspicuous traces of their own making in addition to the things they’re supposedly about. A filmmaker becomes a character, situations are re-enacted and constructed, and the film depicts its own making as much as its subject. How does this affect our understanding of what “documentary” means? Filmmakers Alan Berliner (Wide Awake), Raymond De Felitta (’Tis Autumn), and Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated), with moderator Robb Moss, compare notes in this stimulating discussion.

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Robb Moss
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Alan Berliner
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Raymond DeFelitta
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Kirby Dick
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