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Entertainment vs Altruism

While no one will deny that documentary film and television is an important and powerful form of media, there can be times when, with apologies to Marshall McLuhan, the message ...
January 7, 2013

While no one will deny that documentary film and television is an important and powerful form of media, there can be times when, with apologies to Marshall McLuhan, the message can overtake the medium. Today’s documentary masters excel at the art of storytelling, not sloganeering. In a one of the Realscreen Summit’s marquee sessions entitled Entertainment vs Altruism, filmmakers and commissioners will illuminate how to balance information with entertainment, and why, for commissioners and audiences, “passion” doesn’t have to equal “polemic.”




Heidi Ewing


Co Founder
& Director

Loki Films



Nick Fraser

Commissioning Editor

BBC ‘Storyville’


Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Commissioning Editor, Documentaries

DR TV / Danish Broadcasting Corporation



Evan Shapiro

President

Participant Television



Morgan Spurlock

Writer & Director

Warrior Poets

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About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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