Watch: Oscar Documentary Roundtable on Social Issues, Getting Too Personal, and What Makes a Good Subject


Alan Hicks, Laura Poitras, Steve James, and Rory Kennedy
Photo: The Hollywood Reporter

Documentaries are not my favorite type of film. Most feel like they have enough material for 30-45 minutes of running time, and they just repeat their point over and over again. Some are very skillfully crafted. This Hollywood Reporter roundtable brings together a group of directors or some of the most respected documentaries of 2014.

The group includes Steve James (Life Itself), Laura Poitras (Citizenfour), Ryan White (The Case Against 8), Nick Bloomfield (Tales of the Grim Sleeper), Alan Hicks (Keep On Keepin’ On), Rory Kennedy (Last Days in Vietnam), and Orlando Von Einsiedel (Virunga).

Of the bunch, I have only seen Citizenfour, which I regret. I don’t regret seeing it, just that it is the only one. I want to catch up on the rest as soon as I possibly can. Even if documentaries are not my favorite, I still need to see them. I was particularly bad about seeing them this past year.

You can watch the hour-long roundtable with these filmmakers below. It is not moderated by Stephen Galloway, for those wondering. Enjoy!

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