A documentary is a true story. It is also a simplified vision, constructed for our benefit: a truth-like truth, which omits by design. This new series from KCRW combs over documentary films with their makers, trying to get at the extra, other stories that might not have made the final cut. Sometimes it brings us behind-the-scenes revelations, like the(many) bits that were made up or set up in Ur-surf film The Endless Summer. Sometimes it extends on pivotal moments to ask what happened next: like when a young soldier, in the process of being interviewed by Michael Moore, decides that he will not go back to war. At other times, it's the breathtaking drama of films in the making, like a group of young, undocumented film-makers who are trying to get themselves deported. New episodes are out every two weeks and run around 30 minutes; hear six of them immediately.
Gateway episodes: Body Language (26 Apr 2017) / The Three Owls (24 May 2017) / Because It's There (7 Jun 2017)