I normally reach out to filmmakers and producers when I write a case study but it is a long and involved process of outreach and interviewing and then creating the case study for Film Strategy. Lately, I have been busy with my legal work but I am also developing a documentary based on archival footage and photography and so I have been doing my research on all fronts. Lo and behold, I ran across this case study on a PBS documentary about Fidel Castro based on archival footage, The Fidel Castro Tapes, at Peter Hamilton's great website: www.documentarytelevision.com. Because I found it so useful, I felt I had to share it.
We wondered about the challenges of creating an archive-based film about an 88-year old Spanish-speaking personality who can be dangerously controversial, and who is the founding father of a government whose people are still blockaded by the US.
Castro‘s producer Tom Jennings earned a Peabody with the Smithsonian Channel for MLK: The Assassination Tapes. We covered in depth his ‘no narration, no interview’ approach at last year’s MIPDOC.
Here is our Fidel Case Study in which we explore with Tom my favorite genre, archive-based History.
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The entire process from first meeting with NGCI to Delivery was 18+/- months.
TitleWatch the episodes on PBS.
Visit The Fidel Castro Tapes website.