The business of documentary, plus film festivals, and the creative side of filmmaking are discussed with UnionDocs founder Christopher Allen. With footage from the classes at the Brooklyn-based organization, we talk about the work involved with doc films in this BYOD interview.
After graduating from Columbia University and studying at Trinity College Dublin, Christopher Allen worked as a social entrepreneur, documentary director, and new media artist. His individual works and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the MoMA, Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, the Volksbühne Theatre, DirektorenHaus in Berlin, Independent Film Week, Sonár, DIVA, and Conflux Festivals, among many other venues. He directed the interactive documentary Capitol of Punk, which was part of “Design and the Elastic Mind” at the Museum of Modern Art. Christopher was founding-partner of Counts Media, and played a leading role in the invention and execution of many art & entertainment concepts there, such as The Ride NY, a live theatrical and cinematic experience on the streets of the city, and Yellow Arrow, a place-based storytelling project exhibited online and in galleries and museums internationally.
BYOD Full Episodes Playlist:
BYOD Short Clips Playlist:
00:01 Welcoming Christopher Allen of UnionDocs.
00:45 The start of UnionDocs and working with Cutie and the Boxer.
02:10 Non-traditional classes for filmmaking.
05:30 Teaching the business of documentary.
07:39 Inspiration behind UnionDocs.
11:05 The oeuvre of UnionDocs.