Tell Me Something

What can you learn from the world’s best documentary filmmakers? In Tell Me Something, we asked 60 filmmakers we admire for one piece of advice. Then we took their picture. Tell Me Something is a creative manual and an inspiration generator.


In Tell Me Something, veteran filmmakers like Barbara Kopple, Albert Maysles, Michael Apted, Frederick Wiseman, Robert Drew, Martin Scorsese, Michael Moore, DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus and Errol Morris and renegades like Morgan Spurlock, Amir Bar-Lev, Margaret Brown, Yung Chang, Marshall Curry, Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern, Gary Hustwit, Lucy Walker and many more, deliver advice on everything from career development to personal relationships to risk taking to fashion choices. They even throw in some filmmaking advice too!


Conceived and edited by filmmaker Jessica Edwards and designed by Philipp Hubert of VisiotypenTell Me Something features full-color photographs taken by esteemed photographers from around the world. Doc-makers are a rare breed, they’re creative, persistent and they’re master storytellers. In Tell Me Something they share insightful advice for people in any creative field.

The book features advice from Matthew Akers, Macky Alston, Michael Apted, Jennifer Baichwal, Amir Bar-Lev, Clio Barnard, Alan Berliner, Joe Berlinger, Doug Block, Steven Bognar & Julia Reichart, Margaret Brown, Yung Chang, Marshall Curry, Carl Deal & Tia Lessin, John Dower, Robert Drew, Sandi DuBowski, Rob Epstein, Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady, Negin Farsad, Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Sam Green, Davis Guggenheim, DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Judith Helfand, Gary Hustwit, Steve James, Eugene Jarecki, Sebastian Junger, Ross Kauffman, Barbara Kopple, Kim Longinatto, Shola Lynch, Ron Mann, James Marsh, Albert Maysles, Brett Morgan, Errol Morris, Michael Moore, Stanley Nelson, Luis Ospina, Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky, Doug Pray, Juan Carlos Rulfo, AJ Schnack, Martin Scorsese, Morgan Spurlock, Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern, Lucy Walker, Eva Weber, Frederick Wiseman, Jessica Yu and Marina Zenovich.

The hardcover book of Tell Me Something is now SOLD OUT. It is still available as an ebook in ePub3 format from Versions Publishing, optimized for iPad, laptops and other devices.

Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers
Edited by Jessica Edwards
128 Pages
$40 USD
Publication date: November 12, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9895321-2-9