Notes on Quotes (Or, The Problem of Quotation, Authorship and Authority) (2018).
A stupid grammar dispute leads to a larger consideration of how documentaries contend with quotation.
Notes on Bad Documentaries (Or, Can a Documentary Be So Bad It’s Good?) (2017).
An essay about what’s so good about bad documentaries (and seeking your nominations!).
Notes on Truth (Or, Documentary in the Post-Truth Era) (2016).
An essay about the importance of truth for our survival as a species and (sigh) Donald Trump.
Notes on Under the Gun (Or, When is Fiction a Crime?) (2016).
An essay about the ethics of documentary editing and the curious case of the single edit that led to a libel suit.
Notes on Vaxxed (Or, Not Lying but Being Wrong) (2016).
A follow-up essay about my open letter to Tribeca and a meditation on the terror of being wrong.
Notes on the Footnote (Should Documentary Films Have Footnotes?) (2016).
An essay in which I consider the case for footnotes and explain how and why I wrote 319 footnotes for my film NUTS!
An Open Letter to Tribeca Film Festival About Vaxxed (2016).
This began as a Facebook post and was then widely circulated; it was quoted in lots of news outlets. I was proud to be the first filmmaker (and one of the first people) to speak out publicly about this issue.
Brian Springer’s ‘The Disappointment: Or, the Force of Credulity’ (2015).
Very short essay about one of my favorite films.
Five Things Tinder Guys Don’t Know About Being an Independent Filmmaker (2014).
Something kind of insane I wrote (with Caitlin Mae Burke!) for Filmmaker Magazine during our Kickstarter campaign.
Our Nixon Filmmakers Explain to Ben Stein How Filmmaking Works (2013).
(Ok, that’s not really the title; it’s the title of Bryce Renninger’s post about it and I’m adopting it forever.) Brian and I wrote a rebuttal to Ben Stein’s misleading Daily Beast review of Our Nixon.
Why I Am Not An American Artist (2012).
A catalogue essay I wrote for “Red/White/Blue: New American Fringe Film and Video” (featuring Michael Robinson, Jesse McLean and myself).
Psychogeographies: Four Films About Place and Time (2011).
An essay I wrote about one of the Flaherty NYC shows I programmed.
“Mame Faye” and Other Myths from the Golden Age of Prostitution (2008).
An essay I wrote for On The Issues magazine.
A Timeline of Abortion Stories in U.S. Popular Media (2004-on).
Way back when I was making The Abortion Diaries, part of my research led to this list. A lot of people have written to me to say it is a useful resource, but I’m no longer actively updating it. If you want to add something, use the comment box and I’ll get to it as soon as I can!