#DocsSoWhite: A Personal Reflection

#DocsSoWhite: A Personal Reflection

By Renee Tajima-Peña

I once considered documentary to be a fallback for filmmakers of color who were shut out of the fiction universe. I was wrong. As it turns out, we may be more under-represented in nonfiction filmmaking. Sundance estimates the proportion of documentary directors of color screening at the festival to be around 15 percent. The Directors Guild of America estimates 82 percent of its narrative members are white males; it doesn't even bother to calculate documentarians.

Ain’t No Grave: What VICE Doesn’t Want You To Know About Appalachia

Ain’t No Grave: What VICE Doesn’t Want You To Know About Appalachia

By Kate Fowler

I've been reticent to post about this collection of essays on Central Appalachia recently published on VICE. It includes some important, hard-hitting and necessary stories on stereotyping, healthcare needs for residents of the region, the decline of a mono economy and the rising prescription pill and suboxone epidemic.

The Future of Storytelling: NAMAC Video Roundtables

The Future of Storytelling: NAMAC Video Roundtables

A Video Roundtable is a group conversation (like a Google Hangout with better production values!) hosted by NAMAC on the zoom.us platform. They can be curated and produced on any relevant topic, any issue, any film, and hosted by any NAMAC member. Send us an email at creative@namac.org and let us know what's next!

An Incredible Documentary TV Series You May Never Have Watched… If You Live in the DC Area

An Incredible Documentary TV Series You May Never Have Watched… If You Live in the DC Area

By Erica Ginsberg

What if I told you there was a documentary strand which has shown nearly 100 amazing social issue documentaries about the forgotten stories of contemporary American society followed by provocative conversations on the issues spotlighted?

What Authentic Storytelling Means for Us

What Authentic Storytelling Means for Us

By Brandon and Lance Kramer

Since we started Meridian Hill Pictures in 2010, we have been privileged to participate as relative newcomers in the long tradition of documentary storytellers who have used the medium of film to share underrepresented perspectives, build empathy for people different from ourselves, and facilitate constructive dialogue about the complexities of the human experience.