Thursday, April 6, 2006

Documentarians Make History Of Their Own

NEW YORK. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some of America’s most cutting-edge film directors are hoping to make history of their own by dusting off the historical documentary genre for a new History Channel event.

It’s called 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, and lets 10 different directors – including Joe Berlinger of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster fame – explain important-but-lesser known historical events using modern forms of storytelling.

Berlinger himself helmed the camera for Murder at the Fair: The Assassination of President McKinley and admits he was “nervous” doing a recreation but sweating through it “opened up a whole new world” for him.

He’s not the only filmmaker who learned from the past while making the series. One filmmaker used the animation of Bill Plympton to depict the Shays Rebellion in 1787.

10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America premieres Sunday (Apr. 9) and airs all week long.

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