WeTalk — From Vast to Intimate: The Balance of a Good Documentary

In the final installment from Sundance, WeTalk host Ondi Timoner sparks a conversation with two innovative documentarians.

Our host Ondi Timoner sits down with fellow visionary filmmakers who took on the challenge of documenting the vast yet intimate subjects of the Women’s March and the first free solo climb of the 900-metre El Capitan.

Watch innovative documentarians Amy Berg, director of the groundbreaking doc This is Personal, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, director and producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo, discuss the many obstacles and dilemmas they faced while producing eye-opening documentaries that respected their subjects and their stories.

Producer/director Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, Dig!, explores the star-crossed rivalry of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, while her 2009 top prize-winner, We Live in Public, examines privacy in the virtual age through Internet visionary Josh Harris’ social experiments. Her company A Total Disruption releases weekly short docs about thought leaders and doers who are transforming our lives through technology.