The No Film School Podcast

How to Keep Your Subjects Safe: Nanette Burstein on Dangerous Documentary

Sept. 26, 2016

Nanette Burstein is well known for films like On the Ropes, American Teen, and The Kid Stays in the Picture. Part of her success likely comes from her insatiable curiosity and persistence in getting to the bottom of a story. But these same qualities can put her own life—and the lives of her subjects—at risk. In fact, the premiere screening of her latest film, Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, required the presence of police and bodyguards at the theater because of threats against her by the film’s antagonist.  In an interview from the Toronto International Film Festival, Liz Nord and Nanette discuss being responsible for your subjects' safety, how to approach the challenges that each new film presents, and sustaining your career with commercial directing. neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.