Articles by Melanie Sevcenko

  • The 63rd Berlin Film Festival

    The 63rd Berlin Film Festival

    Previewing the 2013 Berlinale Festival

    Focus on Festivals By Melanie Sevcenko • Published April 19th, 2013

  • Uncovering Berlinale’s Docs

    Uncovering Berlinale’s Docs

    Non-fiction is still looking for its place at the Berlin Film Festival.

    Focus on Festivals By Melanie Sevcenko • Published April 2nd, 2012

  • IDFA’s DocLab and the Interactive Documentary

    IDFA’s DocLab and the Interactive Documentary

    Alongside almost 300 films screened at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) last November, the 12-day event offered an interactive alternative to the documentary form. According to artists and curators, digital storytelling is an unexpected and burgeoning breed that should not be considered the future of the genre.

    Focus on Festivals By Melanie Sevcenko • Published February 1st, 2012

  • The Road to Truth

    The Road to Truth

    Thomas Wallner’s The Guantanamo Trap looks at three people who were turned into monsters by others. It is one of several recent films that contextualize Guantanamo Bay as a symbol of the dark injustice of the Bush era that is still with us today.

    Profiles By Melanie Sevcenko • Published November 1st, 2011

  • The Art of Process

    The Art of Process

    Two “direct cinema” documentaries from German filmmaker Gereon Wetzel take us into the laboratories of a couple of maniacal perfectionists. While moving slow and steady like their subjects, each film scrutinizes the very processes that turn a craft into an art form.

    Profiles By Melanie Sevcenko • Published April 1st, 2011

  • Realities Old and New

    Realities Old and New

    IDFA offers POV‘s Sevcenko a potpourri of experiences from a survey of Iranian docs to an Academy training day for neophyte filmmakers to a set of “expanding documentary” installations.

    Focus on Festivals By Melanie Sevcenko • Published February 1st, 2011

  • Kids Speak

    Kids Speak

    Leading doc festivals IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Hot Docs and One World in Schools (OWiS) are leading the way in teaching young students how to make and understand non-fiction films. Sevcenko reports.

    Focus on Festivals By Melanie Sevcenko • Published November 1st, 2010

  • Cutting the Movement

    Cutting the Movement

    Dance documentaries are a hybrid of art, politics and journalism. Sevcenko analyzes works by Wiseman, Bertram, Jos de Putter and Tacita Dean—and discovers the cutting edge in the choreographed film movement.

    Profiles By Melanie Sevcenko • Published September 1st, 2010

  • Steam of Life

    Steam of Life

    Against tremendous odds, dozens of naked men and countless beers and tears, Finnish filmmakers Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen created an ode to their country’s men and its most soulful ritual.

    Focus on Festivals By Melanie Sevcenko • Published April 1st, 2010

  • European Documentaries Get Schooled

    European Documentaries Get Schooled

    Young filmmakers in Europe are receiving unofficial post-graduate degrees through working with documentary training programmes. By making films, they’re continuing their education.

    Features By Melanie Sevcenko • Published February 1st, 2010

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