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Netflix’s documentary play: Is it good for filmmaking?

by Steven Zeitchik.

In the days since we first told you that Netflix was getting into the documentary game with the Egyptian nonfiction film “The Square,” we’ve heard from people across the entertainment spectrum about the wisdom of the move.

Netflix devotees like the idea of more choice on the service (the company, of course, already carries plenty of documentaries, but this puts it front and center and gives it skin in the game). Competitors worry about being outbid (“The Square” price is said to be in the solid six figures). Film fans, with some reservations, generally like the idea of another original outlet for docs.

And filmmakers?

They have complicated feelings. A new player is almost always good in their books. But that doesn’t mean they’re worry-free — or that the advantages they see are the obvious ones.

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