Filmmakers on Film
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Editors on Editing
Film editing initially began as a woman's art in France. As veteran film editor, Dede Allen, tell it, "They thought that women were good at little details, like sewing." Before…
Actresses Turned Producer/Director
From Mary Pickford to Barbra Streisand the successful actress turned producer/director is one of Hollywood's longest standing traditions. Includes interview materials with Barbra Streisand.
The Producer/Director Relationship
The Producer and the Director must function like two hands of the same heart. These two rare interviews take us from the beginning to the end of one movie, "A…
Directors on Directing (Part 1)
This documentary features the most gifted young directors of the 80's and 90's, revealing the secrets of their success in their craft. Includes interview material with Barbra Streisand.
Directors on Directing (Part 2)
This documentary features the most gifted young directors of the 80's and 90's, revealing the secrets of their success in their craft. Includes interview material with Barbra Streisand.
Foreign Reel Women
Non-US directors speak about the idiosyncrasies of filmmaking in their respective countries. Because of the difficulty of financing, very few American film directors establish a body of work. For American…
Early Directors on Directing
There were more women directors before 1920 than at any other time in history. The first director to put a narrative story on celluloid was, Alice Guy Blache in 1896.…
Producers on Producing
Who should direct the film? Who should write it? Who should edit the final product? With major Hollywood studios, these questions lie within the producer's domain. Marcia Nasatir was the…
Pioneers of the Cinema
There were more women working in influential positions behind the scenes in film before 1920 than at any other time in history. Filmmaker, author, nationwide lecturer Ally Acker, takes us…
Screenwriters on Screenwriting
This documentary premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Explore the challenging world of the screenwriter with renowned industry writers.

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Pioneers of the Cinema - The Herstory
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There were more women working in influential positions behind the scenes in film before 1920 than at any other time in history. Filmmaker, author, nationwide lecturer Ally Acker, takes us on an archival journey of the pioneering female filmmakers who have transformed the way we look at movies from 1896…
Great Directors
Ten of the greatest filmmakers in the world passionately discuss their craft in Angela Ismailos' hugely entertaining documentary GREAT DIRECTORS. Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles open up about their extraordinary careers with unexpected candor…
Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Holly & Paul Fine
Part of the Series: How to Make it in Film
Holly and Paul Fine are a husband and wife team of documentary producer/directors. With over 38 years of experience in the industry, their works have garnered ten National Emmy and 75 Local Emmy awards, as well as three Peabody awards. The couple had a long association with the CBS news…
Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Caren Cross
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Caren Cross began her filmmaking career as writer/director of award winning documentary Lost and Found in Mexico. The film focuses on the reasons why U.S. citizens move to Mexico. *Gracie Award Winner, American Women of Radio and Television.
National Geographic Filmmaker: Producer Roshini Thinakaran
Part of the Series: How to Make it in Film
Roshini Thinakaran is a filmmaker with National Geographic. Her focus is on regions devastated by war. Through her travels she has met women who are dedicated to moving on with their lives, supporting their families and rebuilding their homelands. "My goal is to bring awareness to women who are making…
Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Aviva Kempner
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Billy Wilder Speaks
Illustrated with film clips, rare photographs and artwork, Billy Wilder Speaks is a lively lesson in filmmaking, from one of its undisputed masters. In a series of filmed interviews conducted by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum), acclaimed writer/director WIlder (Sunset Blvd., Some Like It Hot) recounts the…
Screening Room with Ricky Leacock
Ricky Leacock visited Screening Room on June 15, 1973, with Al Mecklenburg and Jon Rosenfeld. He demonstrates super-8 sync technology and screens excerpts from his films Republicans: The New Breed and Queens of Apollo, as well as rare footage of Indira Ghandi. From his first film depicting his boyhood life…
How to Make it in Film
How to Make It In Film consists of a series of behind the scenes interviews with regional, national and international filmmakers, editors, directors, writers, cinematographers, producers and many others who work in the film industry. Each program includes questions taken from a live studio audience consisting of students in the…
Bergman Island
Just four years before his death, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman sat down with Swedish documentarian Marie Nyrerod at his home on Faro Island to discuss his work, his fears, his regrets, and his ongoing artistic passion. This resulted in the most breathtakingly candid series of interviews that the famously reclusive…
Discovering Truffaut
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One of the most respected directors in the history of cinema. Banned from the Cannes Film Festival in 1958 because of his harsh criticism of the French movie industry, he came back to win the Best Director gong the following year with his debut picture. Truffaut's life and career proved…
Documentary Filmmaker: Film & TV Mimi Machado-Luces
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Mimi Machado-Luces, Emmy, Telly and ProMax award winning; Producer, Writer, Director of documentary films, television programs, health education films, commercial advertisements and television promotion spots. She won critical acclaim with La Vida in Black, a character portrait of Afro-Latinos living in the Americas.