Desktop Documentaries is dedicated to passionate & adventurous filmmakers seeking guidance and step by step training to successfully launch, produce and premiere their documentaries.
Whether you're creating a 2-minute mini-documentary, a doc series for Netflix or a 90-minute feature film, we've got you covered!
Launched in 2008, Desktop Documentaries has become one of the world's premiere documentary resources reaching more than 1-million visitors per year.
"Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen."
- Robert Bresson, French Film Director
Academy Award®-Nominated Writer-Director Daniel Raim attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles where he studied under one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most esteemed collaborators, Production Designer Robert F. Boyle. Raim has directed three award-winning and critically acclaimed feature documentaries and numerous documentary short subjects.
Peter Hamilton is a former CBS executive and renowned media strategist who has directed his New York-based international consulting firm for 30+ years.
His clients have included NBC, Discovery, A+E Networks, National Geographic Channels, Global Canal+ and BBC; the Rockefeller Foundation.
Instructor: Selling Your Documentary To Netflix!
Jilann Spitzmiller is an award-winning Documentary Filmmaker whose work has appeared on the BBC, Sundance Channel, Starz/Encore, PBS and many more.
She has successfully raised over $1-million for documentary projects (including 3 ITVS funding awards and two Sundance Documentary Fund grants).
Instructor: Documentary Budgeting Masterclass / Templates
Hank Rogerson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with credits including SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, picked up 11 awards on the festival circuit, and was broadcast worldwide. He produced and directed HOMELAND and CIRCLE OF STORIES for National PBS.
Anna Darrah is an experienced film buyer, negotiating with and licensing 800+ films in her 14+ years working for Gaiam and Spiritual Cinema Circle. She is currently Head of Development for Film Nest Studios.
Anna has been an active player on the festival circuit and currently advises filmmakers on custom distribution strategies. She is a Co-Producer on the new film MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY, which recently premiered at SXSW.
Co-Instructor: "Documentary Distribution A to Z: How To Sell Your Film"
Gordan Firemark is an entertainment attorney based in California and also teaches Entertainment Law in Columbia College Hollywood's film program.
He's the producer and host of Entertainment Law Update, a podcast for artists and professionals in the entertainment industries and the author of The Podcast, Blog and New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide.
Instructor: Documentary Legal & Business Essentials Tool Kit
Caitlin Cooper is a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist. She is the co-founder of the production company Cine Vita, whose work has been screened and workshopped all over the world. She is currently serving as Digital Content Manager for Desktop Documentaries.
Got Story Ideas? Send them to Caitlin through our Contact Form.
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