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Interview with TechCrunch: “the skills of both filmmaker and journalist are fine-tuned to the storytelling process, to make the best possible film”

Stateless Media has released two shortreals thus far, one called ‘The Brothers Shaikh’ (embedded at the end of this post) and a second called “Chutzpah’. Shortreals are “fundamentally different from anything I have worked on before” because they combine “the best of investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking.” The initial shortreals were directed by filmmakers Edward Perkins and Kannan Arunasalam. Arunasalam said that a shortreal is closer to a short film than a documentary, “with a very cinematic look and feel.” He offered this explanation for how they’re put together: ‘For me, it’s an interesting dynamic between the investigative journalist and the filmmaker working together. Usually, as a filmmaker you’re on your own to tell the story. But here, the story is reported by the journalist, who does the investigating and the digging for characters and story-lines — so far mainly by Peter — and the responsibility of making the film rests with the filmmaker. With the Stateless Media approach, the skills of both filmmaker and journalist are fine-tuned to the storytelling process, to make the best possible film.’ ‘Post-Print” Startup Stateless Media Creates Short, Smart Documentaries For The Web’, TechCrunch,

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