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.

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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VIDEO ESSAY: “The Dark Knight Resists”

— [UPDATE, 5/16/2017: I’m humbled by the rhapsodic write-up that this video essay just received from H. Perry Horton of Film School Rejects. He writes that “The Dark Knight Resists” is “the best, most poignant, most salient video essay I … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live (1988)”

— [UPDATE, 4/24/2017: So, wow: this video essay has gone supernova, thanks to Vimeo “Staff Pick”-ing it. As of today, The AV Club, Gizmodo, io9, Boing Boing, Films for Action, and Konbini have all done write-ups about it. Thanks to all!] [UPDATE, 4/17/2017: … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Spielberg and Surveillance”

— [UPDATE, 3/16/2017: My cup runneth over! “Spielberg and Surveillance” just got another considerate write-up, this time from H. Perry Horton of Film School Rejects. Horton is video content editor for FSR and its very popular Twitter feed @OnePerfectShot, where he … Continue reading

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“The Problem of Access: Weiner (2016) and the Limitations of the Fly-on-the-Wall Documentary”

I’ve got a new article, my first for Bright Lights Film Journal, at their website. It is entitled “The Problem of Access: Weiner (2016) and the Limitations of the Fly-on-the-Wall Documentary”. In it, I observe that “the response to Weiner shows … Continue reading

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“Interview: Festival Programmer and Pure Nonfiction Host Thom Powers”

I’ve got an interview with Thom Powers over at Nonfics. Thom, who has been called a “kingmaker for documentaries” by the New York Times, is host of the podcast Pure Nonfiction, documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Artistic Director … Continue reading

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“The Best Video Essays of 2016”

I’m delighted to have been a contributor to Fandor Keyframe’s “Best Video Essays of 2016” poll. In addition, it’s an honour to have my picks in such fine and esteemed company. Thank you to Fandor and its founding editor and … Continue reading

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Concerning the Best Documentary Oscar”

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Ten Distinguished Documentarians Talk About Ten Fiction Films”

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