How To Make A Documentary Thriller by Christopher Smith and Stephanie Lincoln of CURRENT SEA

Watch the video on Youtube here

How To Make A Documentary Thriller by Christopher Smith

and Stephanie Lincoln of CURRENT SEA

 

Film Courage:  In the Kickstarter video Christopher you talk about how you’d like to make CURRENT SEA different from other environmental documentaries. That sometimes [environmental documentaries] seem more science-like, more of an academic video or something.  How do you propose doing this with CURRENT SEA?  How will it be a little bit different without giving away too much about the film?

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Christopher Smith:  What drew me to CURRENT SEA as a film in particular (as a filmmaker) is that I thought it was a very exciting story.  There is a lot of inherent conflict over these resources and even thought the setting and what’s at stake and all of that is definitely environmental in its nature and has to do with protecting the environment, at the heart of it, it’s really the human drama.  There are a lot of different aspects to that drama, too.  There is poverty and people trying to get by, but there is also politics and government and corruption.  There is also more broader themes like greed and love and kindness and all these things.

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Watch TINY: A Story About Living Small Documentary that Christopher Smith Co-Directed/Co-Produced with Merete Mueller about tiny homes

I just thought that was an amazing framework to address a social issue.  And also this came about not too long after CARTEL LAND was around and it really struck me as when I saw CARTEL LAND I thought (and I think there are some fair criticisms of that movie so I’m not trying to sell it as the best thing ever) but it’s a great movie, I enjoyed it a lot that I felt inspired to make similar film with a similar vibe to it.  But I wanted to do an environmental one and I thought this had all the pieces for that.  It’s by no means the first environmental film that’s like a thriller.  I think THE COVE and RACING EXTINCTION (which I was involved in) also have elements of that.  Although I think those are less gritty than what CURRENT SEA will be in the end. There is also filmmaker (I am forgetting his name right now – Mark Grieco) but he did MARMATO and another film that premiered at Tribeca called A RIVER BELOW and I think that he does similar kinds of things.  So I don’t want to claim like this is totally unique in its tone or vibe. (Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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Christopher Smith is a documentary, commercial, and music video director. His first feature documentary, TINY: A Story About Living Small, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and has screened at more than 40 film festivals around the world. See it on Amazon here.
Stephanie Lincoln, Producer Stephanie Lincoln is a producer/attorney who served as episode producer on The Race Card, a documentary series hosted by Charles Barkley for TNT, produced by Doc Shop Productions set to release in June 2017. Prior to that, she worked with Susan Lacy, the creator and executive producer of American Masters, and Jessica Levin on two biographical documentaries produced for HBO.

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