A Conversation with Anderson Cooper
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Sundance, the country’s largest independent film festival, concluded last week with a splash. The biggest news that emerged was that Fox Searchlight bought Nate Parker’s ambitious remake of “The Birth of a Nation” for a reported $17.5 million—the largest blockbuster deal in Sundance’s history. But there was another story from this year’s festival: The program seemed more committed to freedom of expression in films and new artistic formats, particularly in documentaries. School of Media and Public Affairs Professor Jason Osder, known for “Let The Fire Burn,” attended the festival and observed a trend of documentaries that move beyond the principles of journalism in favor of creative troupes found more frequently in fictionalized films. These films are more explorative, and the filmmakers aren’t afraid to hoodwink the audience to make a larger point. Osder spoke with George Washington Today reporter Julyssa Lopez and discusses how films like “Kate Plays Christine,” “Cameraperson,” and “Nuts!” reflect new ways of telling stories, and what the trend means for the documentary genre moving forward.