Did the guys in "Celebrity" change your perspective at all?
What's the best term to describe your documentary filmmaking?
Immersive storytelling. I just want to give people a window into a world they normally wouldn't get, by putting myself into these situations.
Do you worry at all that this is inevitably going to be wedded with the "Jackass" impulse, and someone getting hurt?
That's always a possibility. There were times when we got into sticky situations. The wakeup call for me was having a kid. That's shifted how much risk I will actually take.
What would you say to news purists who wonder about CNN branching out into series?
News purists should also like documentaries. Longform investigative journalism is dead on television. The "Frontlines" and "60 Minutes" are few and far between today. What these (documentaries) do is bridge the gap.
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