Contemporary documentary.

Contributor(s): Kara, Selmin | Marcus, Daniel, 1958-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelComputer filePublisher: London; New York : Routledge, 2016Description: 1 online resource.ISBN: 9781317534167.Subject(s): Documentary television programs-History and criticism | Documentary films-History and criticismDDC classification: Online resources: Click here to access online
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<p>Contemporary Documentary offers a rich survey of the rapidly expanding landscape of documentary film, television, video, and new media. The collection of original essays addresses the emerging forms, popular genres, and innovative approaches of the digital era.</p> <p>The anthology highlights geographically and thematically diverse examples of documentaries that have expanded the scope and impact of non-fiction cinema and captured the attention of global audiences over the past three decades. It also explores the experience of documentary today, with its changing dynamics of production, collaboration, distribution, and exhibition, and its renewed political and cultural relevance.</p> <p>The twelve chapters - featuring engaging case studies and written from a wide range of perspectives including film theory, social theory, ethics, new media, and experience design - invite students to think critically about documentary as a vibrant field, unrestricted in its imagination and quick in its response to new forms of filmmaking.</p> <p>Offering a methodical exploration of the expansive reach of documentary as a creative force in the media and society of the twenty-first century, Contemporary Documentary is an ideal collection for students of film, media, and communication who are studying documentary film.</p>


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In this wide-ranging volume, Marcus (Goucher College) and Kara (OCAD Univ., Toronto) take on a challenging task: they explore the many varieties of works that, primarily in the 21st century, use the practices of documentary filmmaking. The book succeeds on many counts: each of the 12 essays manages to survey a subgenre and provide close analyses of key primary subjects. Bill Nichols, known for his scholarship on documentary film, sets the stage in a helpful foreword, and the book's two-part structure--"Form, Genre, and Innovations" followed by "Documentary in New Contexts"--clusters essays nicely. Each essay treats a distinct form of documentary, but the editors' astute groupings result in a good deal of fruitful overlap. The first two contributions treat, respectively, docufiction and mockumentary, and together these essays form a useful dialogue on the many intersections between fiction and nonfiction in contemporary documentary practices. Other essays focus on more experimental and developing forms and suggest many avenues for future films and research: animated documentaries, interactive and crowdsourced documentaries, indigenous documentaries. Bottom line: this should be required reading for those interested in documentary film in all its manifestations. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. --Leah M. Anderst, Queensborough Community College - CUNY