Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, currently promoting her latest film Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation, reflects on how positively her field has changed since she was just starting out.
She tells Indiewire, “When I started doing films, nobody even wanted to hear the word documentary. You got money from foundations and it was huge amounts of work to write proposals…you just went out and did it and got all of your friends to chip in and camera people and other people to donate their time and it was much harder. And there weren’t that many places to show [documentaries] either. Now, people love documentaries, and at film festivals, documentaries are the most interesting films that everybody tries to get in…People embrace documentaries. People don’t walk away from you when you say you’re a documentary filmmaker anymore.”
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