tv History of Documentary Filmmaking in America CSPAN April 6, 2021 7:39am-9:03am EDT
captioning performed by vitac >> and you got to sell. that's really important. >> so i do think people take it into consideration now. >> the idea, though, again, going back, you don't compromise the film you're making to give it a sales hook. >> right. >> hopefully, your sales hook is genuinely connected to the film you want to make. if it's a good film, the hook is great. but it's describing what you want to do. >> right. and so you're not saying, oh, this guy is an interesting character, i'll make him bigger. if he's not an interesting character, find another hook. it's not the truth. >> i want to thank you both for
a really interesting conversation. [ applause ] and the audience as well. thank you for some great questions. i will say that i knew john was going to have some interesting things to say. but i especially want to thank you for all the preparation. she did this all for the library on her own and her evening and i appreciate that so much. thank you. thank you so much. a great interview. weeknights this month, we're featuring american history tv programs as a preview of what's available every weekend on c-span3. tonight, we look at pandemics and disease. in 1918, a flu virus infected one-third of the world's population. nancy bristow talks about the correlation between that earlier pandemic and today's global
crisis. watch tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern and enjoy american history tv every weekend on c-span3. filmmakers and former white house officials describe their work on productions depicting the white house and the presidency. the discussion hosted by the white house historical association was recorded at the john f. kennedy center for the performing arts in washington, d.c. [ applause ] good evening, i hope you've been enjoying tonight's program. it's been fascinating and there's more to come. a year ago, i was honored when fred ryan, the chair of our board, asked me to chair the white house historical association's board committee for this important four-day summit. i want to thank the members of our committee, marsha, mike, ann, and our historian adviser michael for their contributions to the planning of the summit.