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Poll Suggestion: Director You'd Choose to Document Your Life Story

Whether or not you've accomplished things that would warrant the creation of a documentary after your passing, imagine that you have.  IMDB Poll Board members were asked which director they would entrust with the daunting task of creating a posthumous documentary about their life.  They were asked to choose someone (alive or not) with a directing style that reflects their personality, whom they believe could handle the topic of a deceased person's life in a sensitive and respectful manner, without compromising accuracy or intrigue.

Which of the following directors would you trust to make a posthumous documentary of your life story? 

Under each option you will find a brief overview of their work and personal or movie quote(s) that illustrate their philosophy towards life, death and/or film-making.

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls028138647/

For this poll to work I need your suggestions (2 max) along with a quote or two either from the director him/herself or from one of their movies that would give a sense of how they might go about handling this type of movie (look at my david cronenberg description for an example).  If there are any specific movies that you think are relevant for me to include in the space where I put examples of their past work, let me know.

I'm gonna fill in my Ridley Scott one later, I'm currently procrastinating :)

Responses

Champion

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2 years ago

groovyvic, the list is not public and therefore cannot be viewed so far. 

As for subject, it's a tough one for me: currently 11+ years of making my first feature film already provide an interesting subject for documentary but I will either make one myself after I will finally finish that monstrosity or delegate some of the creative decisions to close friends and collaborators on that matter. 

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As soon as I saw that you made a comment I was like "crap I forgot to make it public". Fixed :). That's amazing, what is your film about?!

Champion

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Man, it would have been interesting to see David Cronenberg making a documentary about me. Although I'm quite down his alley in terms of fiction/semi-fiction as well. :) 

Actually, as for FYC, I'd rather choose great Soviet and Ukrainian documentary director Anatoliy Borsiuk. I should definitely expand his filmography in the near future (it's much larger then what is on IMDb nowadays). Met him twice on VINNYCiAn Film Festival in 2015 and then this year (virtually a week ago). The man is a legend and is a great interlocutor. 

Well... Technically the movie is about communal flat, a type of flat which has numerous people living in it in separate rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen. Plot-wise as main bulk of writing was done when I was still in high school (2007-2009; I can't tell you how much present me would have kicked myself for some of the writing decisions which we now mostly fix on the spot) it is a mess of every imaginable genre: comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror (specifically a slasher-like subplot), action... It's absurdly all over the place, considering it mainly takes place in one flat. It has three main protagonists, for instance. 

Production-wise it's a nightmare: I've specifically chose one simple location as main backdrop and that decision continues to hit me in the had since we've lost the ability to film in that location (thanks to a war conflict in the area, no less). Many actors while moderately enthusiastic are available for shoots and re-shoots like once a year and basically every single failure that could have happened to production already happened. We've got to a point that most of the actors are doubled in some shots despite they themselve also double for someone in others. 

I really hope to have a symbolic screening of at least 90%-ready cut somewhere in December, but that's an optimistic perspective. :)    

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That's great, I love when as many genres are mashed together as possible. I wish you the best of luck getting over all the hurdles, navigating around unexpected issues is a large part of what being a good filmmaker is about. Do you have any quotes or info on Anatoliy that might give people who dont him an idea of who he is?

Champion

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groovyvic, I hope to add some photographs of him through Title Scoreacard as well as expanding his directorial filmography, which is much more then what we see on IMDb now. 

As for quotes... I've searched through numerous interviews for something and decided on this, taken from this interview:
"Documentary is a an immortal genre, as it follows the events, sometimes preceeds them. When it goes calm then some artistic generalization becomes possible, but we are the troops, always forward. We leave shape and facts of event for them".

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I added the info that I can for now, unfortunately I can't see anything on his IMDB pro page without getting a free trial.  And you should definitely add to his filmography, it's odd that no one added him as a director to his other films.  What is your IMDB name/link for the "suggested by" part?

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There is nothing on the IMDbPro version of the IMDb page for Anatoliy Borsiuk. He is ranked within the top million, complements of a recent surge.

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2 years ago

Wait should this say 'biography' instead of 'documentary'?? I don't even get the difference

Champion

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I had a feeling you confused biopic with documentary, although those intervene and technically both narrative semi-fiction and documentary could be biographical. 

Documentaries, though, are mostly non-fictionalized. They might have some reenactments, but mostly tell the stroy through documented or archive footage, interviews and so on. 

Champion

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I agree - should be biopic.

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2 years ago

I've never seen a documentary made by Cronenberg or Scott.
[giveup]

Champion

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Cronenberg directed documentaries rather early in his career. 

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Oh & for clarification, they don't necessarily need to have past experience directing documentaries/biographies. Anyone who has directed a wide range of genres or exhibits versatility in their work could conceivably be up to the challenge of creating a good biopic, but you could really choose anyone whose style you appreciate or whose views align with yours. I wanted to put Clive Barker because of his background as an author and way with words, as well as the deeper messages contained in his film Nightbreed (1990), which show that he's much more than just someone who does horror..but he didn't have enough films under his belt as a director to justify his inclusion.

A Dangerous Method (2011) is a biography directed by Cronenberg about influential psychologists in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Ridley Scott has many biographies/partially biographical movies including All the Money in the World (2017) and American Gangster (2007), but I chose him because I felt that Blade Runner showed his complex understanding of the human condition and contained many profound quotes, so if he made a movie about me it'd probably be deep and dig beneath the surface of my life.

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Right, but I don't know how skilled they are at directing documentaries. I've seen the some of the biopics they've directed and found them to be satisfactory, yet I don't know how accurate they are.

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2 years ago

Lol, my life would need a real direction in the first place...

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Well, you still need a direction to find the place where directions can be useless...

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2 years ago

Interesting poll; needs more options.  I recommend some popular ones:
James Cameron
Steven Spielberg
Ron Howard
Patty Jenkins
and an unpopular one...
James Nguyen  :)

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Which one will you choose for yourself? [This being an IMDb Poll Member based poll as I understand it]

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a year ago


Your list isn't available. Is this suggestion still in play?
I'll figure my nomination soon enough.