Author Archives: Daniel Clarkson Fisher

About Daniel Clarkson Fisher

Daniel Clarkson Fisher is an activist documentarian whose work has been featured by Vimeo Staff Picks, The AV Club, No Film School, io9, Film School Rejects, Boing Boing, Films for Action, Movies.com, and Filmscalpel. In addition, his writing has appeared in outlets that include AlterNet, Bright Lights Film Journal, Nonfics, Diabolique, and Culture Matters.

“In Defense of Errol Morris’s STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE”

I’ve got a new article, my first for PopMatters, at their website. The title is “In Defense of Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure“. In it, I use the occasion of the film’s tenth anniversary to write about the great director’s oft-misunderstood … Continue reading

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“Doc This!”: Episode One

Two of my wonderful classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a new podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another wonderful … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Brand Hex”

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“The ‘Inescapable Need and Possibility’ of Third Cinema”

I’ve got a new article, my first for the venerable New Politics magazine, at their website. The title is “The ‘Inescapable Need and Possibility’ of Third Cinema”. In it, I talk about the radical, global filmmaking movement known as “Third … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Visualizing Chomsky”

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“FACES PLACES Voted the Best Documentary of 2017 in 5th Annual Nonfics Year-End Poll”

As a contributor to Nonfics, I participated in their year-end poll. The results are in, and you can check them out right here. Individual ballots aren’t included, and I won’t share mine. However, I will say that documentary fans should … Continue reading

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“The Best Video Essays of 2017”

I’m honored and delighted to have been a contributor to Sight & Sound’s “Best Video Essays of 2017” poll. Big thanks to Kevin B. Lee, David Verdeure, and Sight & Sound! You can see my ballot and everyone else’s right … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “I Am Not Your Documentary”

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VIDEO ESSAY: “McElwee on McElwee”

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The Docs Factor Podcast, Episode 21: THE CORPORATION (2003)

I had the enormous pleasure of appearing as a guest this week on episode 21 of Neil Hopkins and Chris Foster’s wonderful new Docs Factor Podcast. We discussed Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s 2003 documentary adaptation of Joel Bakan’s book The Corporation. … Continue reading

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THERE IS POWER IN A UNION

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2018 Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference

We just got the news that our proposal has been accepted, so I’m happy to share: I’ll be co-facilitating a workshop with my good friend Dr. Vicki Callahan as part of the 2018 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference here in … Continue reading

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DAY 61

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“Laura Dunn on LOOK & SEE and the Challenge of Documenting Wendell Berry”

I’ve got an interview with Laura Dunn, director of the new documentary Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, over at Nonfics. Laura’s first theatrically released feature, 2007’s The Unforeseen, not only boasted Robert Redford and Terrence Malick as executive producers but also garnered rhapsodic … Continue reading

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SHOCK VALUES

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Before Charlottesville: Ten Documentaries that Confront White Supremacy”

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“DUNKIRK: Keep Calm and Carry On?”

I’ve got a new article, my first for Culture Matters, up now at their website. It’s my political reading of Christopher Nolan’s critically-acclaimed new film Dunkirk. In the piece, entitled “Dunkirk: Keep Calm and Carry On?”, I discuss the moral obligations … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “On Thom Andersen’s Pick for the ‘Most Remarkable’ Documentary of the ’00s”

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“‘Just Wait’: On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982)”

I’ve got a new article, my first for the genre magazine Diabolique, up now at their website. Entitled “‘Just Wait’: On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)”, it argues that the classic 1980s horror film is “the best exemplar … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Towards an Anti-War Film Canon: Ten American Essentials”

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