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Realscreen’s year-end survey: Cook, Cantagallo

Realscreen continues to quiz individuals from across the factual spectrum on their thoughts and reflections on 2015. Field of Vision's Charlotte Cook (pictured) and Cargo Films & Releasing's Daniel Cantagallo share their two cents.
January 15, 2016

With a new year in bloom, realscreen continues to quiz individuals from across the factual spectrum on their thoughts and reflections on 2015. Field of Vision co-founder Charlotte Cook (pictured, above) and Cargo Films and Releasing’s Daniel Cantagallo share their two cents.

CHARLOTTE  COOK
Co-founder, Field of Vision

My favorite doc of 2015 was:
Stand by for Tape Back-up by Ross Sutherland. One of the most incredible and unique films I’ve seen in a long time.

I never thought they’d make a film about:
A legal battle over an amputated leg found inside a grill sold at auction.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
The New York Times is doing incredible work in the innovative visual ways it’s presenting long-form and/or investigative stories. Our colleague at The Intercept, Josh Begley, continues to be amazing with his artistic approach to data journalism, and [there's also] the growing amount of incredible non-fiction radio across the board.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
The renewed embrace for long-form episodic.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
The rise of branded content in feature documentary.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
1. DOK Leipzig’s amazing bags that had the slogan “Great Films, Terrible Parties.” A festival owning and embracing something like that was beautifully refreshing. 2. TIFF’s new Primetime section, which was superb in its first year due to Michael Lerman’s incredible programming.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Writing personal thank you cards to all the filmmakers at Hot Docs. It took hours every year and I’ll miss doing it. There’s often an imbalance for filmmakers with festivals, with the impression that it’s the filmmakers rather than the festivals who are the lucky ones. Any festival is only ever as good as the films showing, and they are always indebted to the filmmakers. I always wanted to make sure they knew how grateful we were.

If 2015 taught me one thing it was:
Support what you love, always. Independent film is incredibly hard. It’s tough for the non-profits, cinemas, media outlets and individuals working hard to help filmmakers and their work. If you love what someone’s doing, support it. We lose too many every year.

DANIEL CANTAGALLO

Daniel Cantagallo

DANIEL CANTAGALLO
Manager, sales and operations, Cargo Films and Releasing

My favorite feature documentary of 2015 was:
Russian WoodpeckerOlmo and The Seagull (runner-up)

I never thought they’d make a program about:
The Secret Lives of Four-Year-Olds

The series and doc people will be talking about in five years:
The Jinx (series); The Look of Silence (doc).

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
What they were talking about 18 months before.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
Field of Vision short films

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
The documentary form embraced by more people.

The most troubling development in non-fiction content industry this past year was:
More branded content and celebrity fluff masquerading as documentary.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
The Secret Lives of Four-Year-Olds

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Took a vacation. Near a mountain. With no Internet access.

If 2015 taught me one thing it was:
In the age of “transparency,” cultivate a secret.

The buzzwords I don’t want to year in 2016 are:
Disruptor, influencer, thought-leader…

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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