Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary

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Berghahn Books
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Stephen Most is a playwright and documentary storyteller. He has contributed to numerous documentary films, including Emmy Award winners Wonders of Nature and Promises and the Academy Award-nominated Berkeley in the Sixties. His plays Medicine Show, Watershed, and A Free Country dramatize events in Pacific Northwest history. He is the author of River of Renewal: Myth and History in the Klamath Basin (Oregon Historical Society and University of Washington Press, 2006) and Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary (Berghahn Books, 2017). His documentary film River of Renewal won the "best documentary" award at the American Indian Film Festival in 2008.

"Stephen Most... offers an array of information, advice and a rich account of what developing and writing documentary scripts can imply. The book engages the professional and the media student equally, as Most conveys the complexity of storytelling with an unprecedented variety of examples drawn from his Academy Award Nominee films and Emmy-winning collaborations... A book that leaves the reader breathless, it interweaves the author's personal experience and documentary case studies to excellent effect." - The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

"Filled with fascinating detail and insight into a very broad range of storytelling, Stories Make the World is an important addition to the books on documentaries and on storytelling in general. It will be very valuable for all students and makers of documentary films and for everyone who cares about the power of documentary to tell dramatic stories and to enhance our understanding of the world." - Eat Drink Films

"Stories Make the World is an insightful look into the craft of documentary filmmaking that should be required reading for media students. Story and honesty are needed now more than ever in an era of 'fake news, ' half-truths, and technical virtuosity." - John de Graaf, Director of Affluenza and fifteen other national PBS documentaries

"Stephen Most's take on nonfiction storytelling is unique, compelling, and wonderfully expressed." - Alexa Dilworth, Publishing Director and Senior Editor, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

"This outstanding book interweaves its author's personal experiences and documentary case studies to excellent effect. Students, teachers, filmmakers, and other storytellers will find it an engaging and informative resource." - Maggie Stogner, American University