Yep, I’ve submitted The Forgotten Flier: The True and Amazing Story of the First Controlled Airplane Flight! to the Vimeo Film Festival. I submitted it to the Documentary category because:
- It IS a documentary
- Most documentaries are boring and self-important (especially many of mine)
- This documentary was specifically designed NOT to be boring
- MOST IMPORTANTLY – I’ve got a philosophical thing about expanding the notion of what a documentary is, while still honoring the strand of truthiness and journalistic integrity that is assumed to be part of the documentary art form.
In point number 4, I wrote “art form”….and that’s because documentary is a form of art. Journalism and Scholarly Research are both very noble and important pursuits. But they are different than documentaries. The English Language has even seen fit to give them different names from each other to help distinguish them.
I may or may not dive into this issue on this blog. Whatever I write, however witty and profound, will still be a pale imitation of the Truth I received on this topic at the feet of Dr’s Aufderheide and Engel at American University….but reading this blog is free, and tuition at AU is not.