Tag "documentary"

Durban 2014 Review: Documentary Short THE LAST BOERS OF PATAGONIA Is Sumptuous And Stirring

Around the turn of the 19th century, a few Boer families - Afrikaner descendants of the original Dutch settlers in what is now South Africa - fled the country to escape persecution by the British during the Anglo-Boer Wars. A... More »
  

Exclusive Interview: Twitch Talks To Steve James About LIFE ITSELF And More

It's a rare pleasure to be able to follow up with an interview subject on a given project. I had the pleasure of speaking with documentarian Steve James mere hours after his remarkable film, Life Itself, made its debut.... More »
  

Intriguing South African Documentary SHIELD AND SPEAR Examines Integration Through Art

We somehow overlooked Petter Ringbom's Shield And Spear when it screened at HotDocs here in Toronto but it returns to our attention now thanks to its selection at South Africa's Durban International Film Festival. And good thing, too, because this... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: LIFE ITSELF, Thumbs Up For Roger Ebert Doc

If you do what I do -- cherish film and have the chutzpah to tell other people what you think about them -- then you're almost certainly indebted to Roger Ebert. I've documented at length the effect that he had... More »
  

FIDOCS 2014 Review: TIMOTEO'S FABULOUS RAGGED CIRCUS, A True Crowd Pleaser

FIDOCS (Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago Chile) has always been a showcase of the best documentary output that the world has to offer. At the same time it has managed to always choose the best documentaries that will have Chile talk for... More »
  

New Trailer For Science Doc THE CREEPING GARDEN Explores Slime Mould, But Not As We Know It!

Not animal, not vegetable, not funghi...Regular readers may remember back in early 2013 we featured the first concept trailer for The Creeping Garden, a new investigative documentary from Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp into the beautiful yet baffling world of... More »
  

Oak Cliff 2014 Preview: BUZZARD, FIGHT CHURCH, LIMO RIDE, Repertory Titles, And More

The third annual Oak Cliff Film Festival, a celebration of all things independent, starts tonight, June 19, and runs through June 22. The opening night presentation is To Be Takei, a documentary about actor / activist George Takei, directed by... More »
  

Exclusive Clip: 25 TO LIFE, Questioning The Wisdom Of HIV Disclosure

We're proud to present an exclusive clip from 25 to Life, a documentary that will enjoy its world premiere at the American Black Film Festival in New York City on Sunday, June 22. Directed by Mike L. Brown, a protégé... More »
  

THE FINAL MEMBER: Watch An Exclusive Clip From The Acclaimed Documentary

Are you one of those people who finds it awkward watching movies about genitalia around other people? Well, then, you're in luck because Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math's acclaimed documentary The Final Member - telling the tale of two men... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE SALT OF THE EARTH Celebrates Photographic Art

There are a few titans of narrative cinema - Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee come first to mind - who make documentaries that rival their feature film work. Another example is Werner Herzog, a filmmaker whose non-fiction films are still... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Soviet Hockey Movie RED ARMY Scores Big

The film opens with Viacheslav Fetisov in a crisp suit, taking a phone call. An exasperated director asks questions, while "Slava" stares at his phone, ignoring the interruption. It's as if a czar has been interrupted mid-bite at his feast.... More »
  

First Trailer: LIFE ITSELF, Roger Ebert Doc

"Truly remarkable" is how our own Jason Gorber described Life Itself, a documentary about film critic Roger Ebert that has been warmly received since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Directed by Steve James, Life Itself tracks... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE: Get A First Look At THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG Trailer

Those of you lucky enough to have seen 80s Filipino action oddity For Your Height Only will be familiar with the legacy of Weng Weng, and now there's a new documentary doing the rounds that pries open the legend of... More »
  

Trailer For HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE Offers Obsession And Emotion

We are big fans of Beauty Day here at Twitch (full disclosure, I contributed to a commentary track on the DVD) and are happy to see documentary filmmaker Jay Cheel back with a sci-fi inflected documentary, How To Build A... More »
  

Exclusive: Clip From RACHEL IS Captures A Delicate Challenge

Set to premiere tomorrow (Tuesday, May 6) on PBS -- on World Channel's "America ReFramed" -- Charlotte Glynn's feature directorial debut Rachel is captures a delicate challenge, as suggested by an exclusive clip that we're pleased to share. Glynn's only... More »
  

Interview: James Moll Talks FARMLAND

I think it's safe to say that the average person doesn't spend an exorbitant amount of time considering the source of their food supply. Speaking personally, I can't even say my own knowledge of the farming industry extends beyond my... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Hot Docs 2014 Review: THE GREEN GIRL Reveals Prolific Actress, Director, And Aviator Susan Oliver

Proving in its own way that most actors of a certain era ended their careers with a guest spot on Murder, She Wrote before quietly going into obscurity, The Green Girl presents its sexy Star Trek hook, that of the... More »
  

Opening: THE FINAL MEMBER, Size Matters In This Penis Documentary

A documentary about Siggi, the founder and curator of the world's only penis museum, The Final Member tracks his quest for one last endowment, requiring a very personal donation. Two of our writers, Jason Gorber and Dave Canfield, have seen the... More »
  

Series Preview: Art Of The Real Tests The Boundaries Of Documentary Filmmaking

Film Society of Lincoln Center's inaugural film series Art of the Real - a showcase for nonfiction films that pushes the farthest boundaries of documentary filmmaking, is for me, one of the most exciting film series I have had the... More »
  

Review: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Gives A Frustratingly Accurate Portrait Of Our Image Of Donald Rumsfeld

A snow globe shaking back and forth, little white flecks - snowflakes - swirl and obfuscate whatever is in the globe. Oh my, what a loaded image. It is one of the chief ones Errol Morris employs in The Unknown... More »
  
 
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