RIP: Gary Rhine, filmmaker, activist, friend

Just a few days ago, I wrote about the upcoming demise of the original Rhino Records retail outlet. Now, I’m very saddened to report the death of another great Rhino- our friend Gary Rhine.

Gary was a filmmaker that specialized in documentaries about the indigenous people of America. The American Indians were a topic […]

Fair Use Rights for Documentaries

There’s a fine article today in the San Jose Mercury, licensed from the Los Angeles Times, about the issue of “fair use” rights with documentary productions. One of the biggest hurdles facing a documentary film maker is the matter of clearing usage of certain film clips. When Robert Greenwald produced his documentary “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s […]

The Challenges of Music in a Low Budget Documentary

When am I going to finish that darned LOUIE LOUIE documentary?

That’s a question I get asked all the time. I wish I could provide a concise answer. It’s a complicated situation, to say the least. Clearances are a major part of the hurdle. I just found a great article about other filmmakers that […]