The New Look of Documentary Film in a Coronavirus World

Brian Welk

The documentary of the coronavirus era will be seen through a new light, either with stories being told through video-conference lenses at a safe distance or through a nostalgic lens to the past. Even as the rest of the film industry remains shut down, documentary filmmakers are finishing editing on projects, racing to tell the stories of businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus or gathering together archival footage to prep what could be the next “Tiger King,” “The Last Dance” or “Beastie Boys Story.” But all of those projects, as they’re being filmed and completed, will have to take into consideration the new realities of life during a pandemic. Also Read: ESPN Orders 'Last Dance'-Style Docu-series on Tom Brady “Not only are people watching documentaries, but documentaries are the first part of the entertainment industry that is getting back to work,” Bryn Mooser, founder and CEO of the documentary production company XTR, told TheWrap. “The stories that people are resonating with, talking about, watching, sharing are documentaries, so there’s just a blitz in the industry to make more of them.” He says XTR is continuing production on nearly its entire documentary slate, either those in post-production, ones that are...

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