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Documentary Storytelling, 2nd Edition by Sheila Curran Bernard

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Jon Else

Jon Else directs the documentary program at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His films, which have earned him four Emmys, several Academy Award nominations, and a MacArthur Fellowship, include The Day after Trinity; Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven; Sing Faster: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle; and the PBS series Cadillac Desert and Eyes on the Prize, which is where we first met. He has served as cinematographer on hundreds of films, including Tupac: Resurrection. He is currently producing and directing Wonders Are Many, a documentary feature about nuclear weapons. We spoke in 2003 and again in 2006.

Is the common thread in documentary a need for story?

The common thread that we’ve overwhelmingly embraced ...

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