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“Keep your eyes open and see how people relate. See what moves you in the street” - Marilyn Agrelo, sharing her advice to aspiring documentary filmmakers. Documentary Filmmaking, while having many similarities to Independent filmmaking as a whole, involves a unique set of challenges. In this episode, we spoke to the Executive Producer (Trevor Crafts) and the Director (Marilyn Agrelo) of the upcoming documentary, “Street Gang,” that tells the story of Sesame Street from the point of view of the show’s three creators. When you’re making a documentary “you don’t know exactly how it’s going to turn out.” Trevor started out with the idea to make a documentary about Jim Henson. This idea evolved into the story of Sesame Street and its creators because the film’s team saw this inspiring narrative coming together through their research. As the focus of a documentary narrative evolves, the production as a whole undergoes shifts in timelines, budgets, distribution options, etc. All of this is done to support the main goal of the film, which Marilyn says is “getting inside the story and relating it.” As far as advice for those looking to start a similar project, Trevor says, “Execution is the game. You can’t just have a good idea. The well runs deep with good ideas.” You find out more about “Street Gang” by visiting their website streetgang.com

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