Documentary Film Reading List

February 26, 2009
Documentary Film Reading List

The Social Documentary: Bibliography, Radio-Television-Film 345
Instructor: Dr. Laura Stein
University of Texas at Austin; Spring 2004

Nichols, Bill. (2001). “How Do Documentaries Differ from Other Types of Film,” from Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Nichols, Bill. (2001). “What Types of Documentary Are There,” from Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Eitzen, Dirk. (1995, Fall). “When Is a Documentary?: Documentary as a Mode of Reception,” Cinema Journal 35(1), 81-102.

Monaco, James (1981). “The Language of Film: Signs and Syntax,” from How to Read a Film. New York: Oxford University Press.

Grierson, John. (1976). “First Principles of Documentary,” from Richard Barsam (Ed.), Nonfiction Film Theory and Criticism. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.

Grierson, John. (1976). “The Nature of Propaganda,” from Richard Barsam (Ed.), Nonfiction Film Theory and Criticism. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.

Grierson, John. (1976). “The Documentary Idea,” from Richard Barsam (Ed.), Nonfiction Film Theory and Criticism. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.

Keil, Charlie. (1998). “Persuasion and Expression in ‘The Plow That Broke the Plains’ and ‘The City,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Guyn, William. (1998). “Basil Wright’s ‘Song of Ceylon,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Rothman, William. (1997). “Land Without Bread,” from Documentary Film Classics. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Nichols, Bill. (2001). “How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?” from Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Flaherty, Robert. J. “How I filmed ‘Nanook of the North,’” from Harry Gould (Ed.), Film Makers on Film Making. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Rothman, William. (1997). “‘Nanook of the North,’” from Documentary Film Classics. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Stubbs, Liz. (2002). “Albert Maysles: Father of Direct Cinema,” from Documentary Filmmakers Speak. New York: Allworth Press.

Pryluck, Calvin. (1988). “Ultimately, We are All Outsiders,” from Alan Rosenthal, (Ed.), New Challenges for Documentary. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Schwartz, David. (1985). “Streetwise and Seventeen,”Theatre Crafts, 19(9), 103-105.

Rothman, William. (1997). “Chronicle of a Summer, ” from Documentary Film Classics. New York: Cambridge University Press.

King, Noel. (1981). Recent “Political” Documentary: Notes on “Union Maids” and “Harlan County USA.” Screen, 22(2), 7-18.

Stubbs, Liz. (2002). “Barbara Kopple: Through the Lens Fearlessly,” from Documentary Filmmakers Speak. New York: Allworth Press.

Fischer, Lucy. (1998). “Ross McElwee’s ‘Sherman’s March,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Stubbs, Liz. (2002). “Ross McElwee: Personal Journeyman,” from Documentary Filmmakers Speak. New York: Allworth Press.

Feldman, Seth. (1998). “Dziga Vertov’s ‘The Man with a Movie Camera,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Michelson, Annette (1984). “Introduction,” from Annette Michelson (Ed.), Kino-Eye: The Writings of Dziga Vertov. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Vertov, Dziga. (1984/1922). “We: Variant of a Manifesto,” from Annette Michelson (Ed.), Kino-Eye: The Writings of Dziga Vertov. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Bernstein, Matthew. (1994, Spring). “Documentaphobia and Mixed Modes: Michael Moore’s ‘Roger & Me,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Ruby, Jay. “The Image Mirrored: Reflexivity in Documentary Film”

Bullert, B. J. (1997). “Roger & Me and the Heartbeat of America,” from Public Television: Politics and the Battle over Documentary Film. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Arthur, Paul. (1993). “Jargons of Authenticity,” from M. Renov (Ed.), Theorizing Documentary. New York: Routledge.

Lane, Jim. (1993). Notes on Theory and the Autobiographical Documentary Film in America. Wide Angle, 15(3), 21-36.

Petty, Sheila. (1998). “Silence and Its Opposite: Expressions of Race in ‘Tongues Untied,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Bullert, B.J. (1997). “Tongues Untied,” from Public Television: Politics and the Battle over Documentary Film. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Greg Bordowitz, “Operative Assumptions,” from M. Renov & E. Suderburg (Eds.), Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Riggs, Marlon. (1996). “Tongues Re-tied,” from M. Renov & E. Suderburg (Eds.), Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Rothman, William. (1997). “Cinema Verité in America and ‘Don’t Look Back,’” from Documentary Film Classics. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Levin, G.Roy. (1971). “Donn Alan Pennebaker,” from Documentary Explorations: Interviews with Filmmakers. New York: Doubleday & Co.

Plantinga, Carl. (1998). “Satirizing Masculinity in ‘This is Spinal Tap,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Nichols, Bill. (1994). “At the Limits of Reality (TV),” from Blurred Boundaries. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Andrejevic, Mark. (2004). “Rediscovering Reality,” from Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Andrejevic, Mark. (2004). “The Kinder, Gentler Gaze of Big Brother,” from Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Boyle, Deirdre. (1992, Summer). “From Portapak to Camcorder: A Brief History of Guerrilla Television,” Journal of Film & Video, 44(1-2), 67-79.

Millner, Sherry. (1991). “Bargain Video,” from D. Marcus (Ed.), The Paper Tiger Television Guide to Media Activism. New York: The Paper Tiger Television Collective.

Stein, Laura. (2001). “Access Television and Grassroots Political Communication in the United States,” from John Downing with T. Ford, G. Gil & L. Stein. Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Williams, Linda. (1998). “Truth, History, and ‘The Thin Blue Line,’” from Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (Eds.)., Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Bates, Peter. (1989). Truth Not Guaranteed: An Interview with Errol Morris. Cineaste, 17, 1, pp. 16-17.

Barnouw, Dagmar. (1995). Seeing and Believing: The Thin Blue Line of Documentary Objectivity. Common Knowledge, 4, 1, pp. 129-143.

Engardio, Joel (1999, October 20-26). “ITVS: Might See TV,” SF
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