Documentary filmmaker and avid cyclist Bryan Fogel was inspired by Lance Armstrong's notorious fall from grace to explore firsthand the world of doping inside professional cycling. His experiment soon became a three-year investigation that uncovered one of the biggest sports scandals in history: Russia's decades-long state-sponsored doping program. In this discussion, he describes the making of his award-winning documentary Icarus with producers Dan Cogan and David Fialkow, and the power of documentaries to inform our thinking about pressing issues.
Cogan on the future of documentary films: "What you're seeing is the competition among these giant worldwide companies for the living room and entertainment in the living room. And what you're seeing in [subscription VOD] is what is raising the platform of independent movies and documentary films."