Realscreen is partnering with filmmaker and executive producer Chuck Braverman and his Westdoc Online video series to bring his interviews with acclaimed documentarians and non-fiction content industry figures to its readership.
In this episode, Westdoc welcomes R.J. Cutler, director of the recent Belushi documentary airing on Showtime and chronicling the life story of comedian and actor John Belushi. Cutler’s filmography also includes such films as DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ The War Room and Listen to Me Marlon as producer; and the Fox series American High as well as the docs The September Issue, The World According to Dick Cheney (co-directed with Greg Finton) and an upcoming doc on musical artist Billie Eilish for AppleTV+.
The episode features Cutler recounting the processes behind making the Brando doc, which Cutler describes as a “synaptic journey” as it was reliant on never-before-heard audio “memoirs” the reclusive artist made. He also discusses a similar discovery that propelled the Belushi doc, of a “treasure trove” of audio tapes featuring the comic.
“I always bristle at the notion that documentary is about information,” he tells Braverman during the interview. “I think of documentary not as information, but as cinema… as emotional narrative.”
To see this and other episodes of Westdoc Online, visit the official website here.