Tag Archives: Documentaries

More Branding: An Inconvenient Sequel

An Inconvenient Sequel

There’s no beating around the Bush with regards to how the 2000 election results impacted our present climate situation.

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Tower: A Blind Eye Towards Evil

Tower film poster

Tower glows with the kind of heroism that represents the best qualities of humanity in spite of its worst.

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A Bold Look: Robert Kenner’s Command and Control

Command and Control film

Command and Control gives a mostly eyewitness account of an otherwise ordinary workplace accident at a nuclear warhead storage facility that could have led to full-scale devastation in the American South.

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead…Until a Second Act Prize

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Filmmakers

The food science/health documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead makes the filmmaker-subject motif – in which the man behind the camera spends as much time in front of it – appear to be the norm.

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Review: L’Amour Fou

L'Amour Fou

Those who love hearing fashion discussed as serious art will love this documentary, a portrait of the late iconic French designer, Yves Saint Laurent.

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8 Billion Lives: Amy Miller, Barnet, VT

8 Billion Lives is a platform for short documentary films, each featuring a day in the life of a real person.

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DVD Reviews: Afghan Muscles and Bigger, Stronger, Faster

George Butler and Robert Fiore’s Pumping Iron debuted 33 years ago, focusing on a number of bodybuilders, including Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because so few documentaries give us insight into an improbable kind of hyper-masculinized identity, briefly contextualizing two recent efforts with Butler and Fiore’s film seems useful.Afghan Muscles and Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Side Effects of […]

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Review: Word Is Out

Word is Out film

“Word Is Out: Stories Of Some Of Our Lives” made an unusual impact when it was first released in 1978.

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DVD Review: Chevolution

Chevolution

Chevolution focuses on what might be the single most famous photographic portrait of the 20th century: Alberto Korda’s image of the beret-wearing Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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Bringing Light to Black Metal: Interview with Filmmakers Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites

Filmmakers

“Until the Light Takes Us,” a new documentary by Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, tells the origin story of Black Metal.

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Macky Alston’s The Killer Within

Macky Alston’s documentary The Killer Within is an unflinching exploration into the nature of guilt, told from the perspective of one man who must reveal a terrible secret.

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“He Appears, However, Almost to Go Backwards”: Impossibly Short Notes on The Ister

The Ister examines the rapid nature of technological progress and its disorienting effect on Western philosophy and ethics.

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DVD Review: Frontrunner: The Afghan Woman who Surprised the World

Frontrunner illustrates how a force of people are trying to change long-established cultural norms by altering social practices, and such changes begin with the freedom to act on one’s personal beliefs.

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Interview with Surfwise Director Doug Pray

Kids Surfing

“When I got out of film school, there was sort of this realization like, ‘Oh my God, I have to make this happen.’ You don’t get jobs out of film school. Nobody ever says, ‘Oh, did you go to UCLA? I have a fine position for you.'”

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Interview with Wetlands Preserved Director Dean Budnick

“Wetlands was unlike any music venue or any nightclub I had ever entered, let alone one in New York City. I remember being blown away by the use of space, in particular the downstairs lounge, which was something of the ultimate chill zone.”

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