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Episode Info: Producing documentaries sounds alluring or terrifying. It depends on where you’re sitting. Today, we’re sitting with Sundance fellow and TV producer Amanda Spain. Amanda is one of those rare people who’s managed to bring her talents to both the doc and unscripted TV worlds. As a seasoned filmmaker and newly minted Sundance fellow, she has strong opinions about producing documentaries. She also offers priceless advice and take-aways for aspiring producers and seasoned documentarians alike. If you’ve ever thought about producing documentaries, today’s post and podcast episode are for you.   Producing Documentaries – A Journey, Not a Destination Amanda should know. She has over a decade experience making docs. She’s one of the elite few honored by being named a 2016 Sundance Producing Fellow. Amanda is currently producing a handful of documentaries. One of them, The Industrial Musicals Movie, is even executive produced by David Letterman (someone we also have a unique connection with!) Amanda’s produced and directed two documentaries for ESPN: a 30 For 30 short called Wrestling The Curse and another short for their Versus series about basketball star Manute Bol, entitled Son of South Sudan. She also produced and directed In Their Boots, a series covering how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan affect us here at home. It was nominated for an IDA award in the Limited Series category. Oh, and luckily for us, Amanda’s also been working with our company Joke Productions for the last four years, most recently on our new true crime TV series Three Days to Live. We first worked together on our MTV docs True Life special. So she knows what she’s talking about! Some Great Docs to Watch If you’re new to the documentaries, Amanda says there’s a documentary genre for everyone. Even if you think you’re not into docs, you’ll probably find one or two genres you fall in love with. With that in mind, Amanda has a list of some of her favorite docs you might want to check out. Amanda points out this list is in no particular order, so dive in witRead more ยป

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