“Only fiction will accommodate the facts of life. . . Our choice, in so far as we have one, is not between fact and fiction, but between good and bad fiction.” –Wright Morris
The above quote encapsulates the problematic division between fiction and documentary filmmaking. The question of whether to make a fiction or non-fiction work is not as vital as the need to craft a good story. In this recent New York Times article, It’s Actual Life. No, It’s Drama. No, It’s Both., the author Dennis Lim notes a trend toward blurring the traditional boundaries between fiction and non-fiction genres.