Tag: documentary

Toronto 2016 Review: THE B-SIDE, A Sunny Portrait of Polaroid Photographer Elsa Dorfman

"Almost all human endeavour is ephemeral, all that is left in the end is love and friendship." So said Errol Morris at the screening of his latest movie, The B-Side, in which he spends a little over an hour on-screen...

Now on Blu-ray: RAIDERS!, An Engaging Tale of Bootstrap Ingenuity

When Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in 1981, it was unlike anything American theaters had seen for at least a generation. Set in 1936, the homage to the adventure serials of the '30s and '40s proved...

Review: CAMERAPERSON, A Moving Self-Portrait Of A Veteran Cinematographer

Kirsten Johnson's career as a cinematographer is a long and accomplished one in the documentary field. She is responsible for images of countless documentaries by filmmakers such as Laura Poitras, Michael Moore, Kirby Dick and many more. Her work took...

Venice 2016 Review: Andrew Dominik's ONCE MORE WITH FEELING Is a Blossoming Bud of Pain

If 20,000 Days on Earth is a film you watch to get high, then Once More with Feeling is very much a downer. That’s because it deals with the deeply painful loss Nick Cave experienced after the death of his...

LET ME BE FRANK: Episode 3 “Art of Reshaping Reality”

The LET ME BE FRANK web documentary series continues with Episode 3, “Art of Reshaping Reality”. This third installment features reading by Michael (Mikee) LaBash, graphic designer and producer of the Let Me Be Frank series with Linda Mac.  Mikee...

Film Invasion L.A. Lineup Announced

Los Angeles, CA - August 22, 2016 - The official lineup for the inaugural Film Invasion L.A festival has been announced. Film Invasion L.A. is a film festival that brings the work of great filmmakers together and injects them into...

Review: Werner Herzog's LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, A Wry, Meditative Masterpiece About the Internet

A weak internet signal at my job caused massive delays in our daily operation the last couple of days, making us bang our heads against the table in sheer panic mode. This is where the internet got us: We are...

Exclusive Clip: CITIZEN SOLDIER, Heart-Stopping Terror For Your Brother

It's a beautiful day in Afghanistan. Overhead, the sun is shining, puffy clouds push through the sky ... and four RPGs are on their way, headed straight for a small group of soldiers. In our exclusive clip from Citizen Soldier,...

Grab Your Board And Head To The GAZA SURF CLUB

While there may only be a brief teaser available for Philip Gnadt's Gaza Surf Club it is one hell of a tease. Gnadt's film explores the surfing community in one of the world's least likely surfing destinations - the war...

LET ME BE FRANK, a new web documentary video series on the life and art of Frank Moore

Let Me Be Frank is a video series based on the life and art of shaman, performance artist, writer, poet, painter, rock singer, director, TV show host, teacher and bon vivant, Frank Moore.   The series is partly a biography,...

Review: GLEASON, A True Triumph of Filmmaking

Clay Tweel has been involved in some of the most entertaining documentaries in recent years including his producing role in The King of Kong, right up through his directing turn on both Print the Legend and last year's brilliantly witty...

Upcoming Documentary Film about the Universe of Miniature Wargaming

Take a look into the world of Toy Soldiers. Travel back in time and see where Miniature Wargaming originated from. Discover what the hobby means to real people and big companies. From history to hobbiests to how its made, this...

Fantasia 2016 Review: FURY OF THE DEMON Offers Film History With An Occult Twist

Suspension of disbelief is a critical element to the pure enjoyment of a movie. Whether it is the premise of the story, the matte lines (or digital uncanny valley) of the special effects, or even character motivations, a good storyteller...

Ulrich Seidl's SAFARI Teaser Arrives

One of the greatest documentary filmmakers on the planet, Austria's Ulrich Seidl has built a loyal following around the world thanks to his ability to approach frequently difficult - and often very odd - subject matter with a curious, non-judgemental...

Review: HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE Is A Graceful Look At Two Interesting Men And What Inspires Them

The famous Serenity Prayer of american theologian Reinhold Niebuhr is as follows:  "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Jay...

Review: In ZERO DAYS, Cyber-Espionage Runs Amuck

Sometimes the best documentaries are thrillers. Zero Days, the latest non-fiction entry from director Alex Gibney (he of Going Clear fame) begins just the way you'd want an edgy, cloak-and-dagger tale of political intrigue to begin; a figure, obscured in...

Review: T-REX, Young Boxer on the Right, if Rocky, Road

"It was just something I liked to do," explains Claressa Shields, aka T-Rex. What she likes to do is box, which sets her apart from her high school classmates in Flint, Michigan (better known to documentary film devotees as the...

Review: EAT THAT QUESTION - FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS, A Service to a Musician's Legacy

It was somewhat startling to me when I lived in Europe several decades ago that the catchy, upbeat tune "Bobby Brown" would be played regularly on radio. Sure, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it, but,...

Review: MISCONCEPTION, Entertaining, Well-Made And Powerful

Jessica Yu has created some of the finest and most formally innovative documentaries of the past decade, such as In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) and Protagonist (2007). Her latest film Misconception, which had its world premiere at last...

Review: MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER, Gentle, Elegant And Genuinely Moving

He was 98. She was 89. They were married for 76 years, had 12 children, six of whom died during their childhood.   That is the story of Jo Byeong-man and Kang Gye Yeol, as told in director Jin Mo-young's...