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Documentary as Narrative

A strong and well-crafted narrative is as vital to a documentary as it is to a narrative film, so why do we use "narrative" as the category that defines itself in opposition to documentary? Not only does this binary vex many documentarians, it arguably belies the foundational importance of narrative in documentary. Too frequently, emerging documentarians launch into projects that address timely and noble topics—poverty, abuse, inequality, systemic injustice—only to discover that an important issue does not automatically, or necessarily, make for an important film.

Join IFP Chicago and Stage 18 for a moderated conversation between two documentarians, Colette Ghunim and Dan Rybicky, about documentary as narrative. We'll discuss when and how the narrative of a documentary can be crafted; we'll hear about the panelists' own storytelling breakthroughs; and, finally, we'll talk through audience questions with as much specificity as time allows.

Tickets available at here.

Earlier Event: November 2
#FilmmakerFriday with Dorian Weinzimmer
Later Event: November 9
#FilmmakerFriday with Charles Borg