Can we make documentary films without a story? We use to define documentary film as a genre that tells real stories about real people. But what if we eliminate the “narrative” component of a non-fiction movie?
Almost two years have passed since I began to think about “City of the dead” after finishing the documentary “Life and death of an architect“, which gave us enormous gratifications in exchange for many tolls: censorship, pressures and a filming style that I needed abandon to reconnect with a more direct language.
For many years I was extremely embarrassed to send my work to festivals. I considered the awards to be useless, predictable and rigged trophies that only those with a vibrant ego needed.
The effort to develop, finance and produce a documentary of just one hour involves, at least, one year of work by a team, as well as the financial funds to carry it out. I often receive projects with an eventual universal possibilities but raised in a local way and therefore, waste an enormous potential to travel.
Following the screening of my latest documentary at the Peloponnesus documentary film festival, I was asked if I could give a master class to the audience of this festival. Thinking about it, it was difficult for me to specify a topic in which I felt expert. Although I direct and produce documentary artisans for a decade, I do not consider myself a specialist in anything in particular. This is how I decided to focus precisely on an artisan way of understanding cinema.
Every summer, the film schools and universities throw to the market hundreds of young people eager to become filmmakers, or at least, professionals of this bad call: industry.