This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from director Brett Whitcomb (GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) and his next documentary project Suzanne Ciani: A Life in Waves. As the title implies, this film take a look
Drafthouse Films has released a trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, his follow-up to the Oscar nominated documentary The Act of Killing, which looks at the Indonesian genocide which left over a million people dead at the hands of kill
Think back on the last movie you watched. Where and how did you watch it? On your laptop? On your phone? On Blu-ray or DVD? In a movie theatre? Regardless of how films are ultimately distributed they are always meant to be seen on the big screen with an audience. Good or bad, ultra-low or sky-high budgeted, recent release or over a century old, movies were meant for movie theaters. When films are out of circulation that is where the repertoire theaters come in. Revival theaters, as they are also referred to as, screen films that are no longer in circulation. Often these theaters will screen a film in whatever format is available to them, on film, via Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or even off a blu-ray if necessary. Nearly all the films screened are readily available on some home format. So this begs the question, why would you want to see something in a theatre when you can just watch it in the comfort of your own home? Julia Marchese’s entertaining documentary looks to answer that question and more as she examines the revival cinema culture, film preservation and the palpable impact of recent developments in film exhibition.
Before first reading about the Mike Myers-directed documentary Supermensch, I was previously unfamiliar with Shep Gordon. After seeing the film, I’m very thankful to now know this incredible story about one of the most influential and well-liked managers to possibly ever exist. From kickstarting the career of Alice Cooper to single-handedly creating the concept of the celebrity chef, Gordon’s career is only half as fascinating as the man himself.
This week on Kickstart Sunday, we’d like to highlight the upcoming documentary A Brief History of Time Travel from director Gisella Bustillos. This film aims to explore our obsession with time travel, and looks at how the concept has
This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick is the upcoming documentary Lost in America, directed by Rotimi Rainwater. The film profiles America’s homeless youth by interviewing kids across the country who are forced to live on the streets. Although this looks like
Drafthouse Films has announced that they will be distributing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s latest documentary The Look of Silence, a companion piece to his last film, The Act of Killing, which looks at the horrific genocide that took place in Indonesia, however this film is
Stories about cross-town rivals are nothing new. We’ve all read about them or seen TV shows or movies about them. The same can be said about the profound impact of city financial budget cuts that affect thousands of teachers’ jobs and the education of countless children and teenagers. You only need to look at your nightly local news to see a story about a violent flair up between rivals or how yet another school had its doors closed due to budget cuts. It’s an unfortunate sign of the times that always seems to paint such a negative picture but when it’s turned into an unexpected positive that is something to take notice of. Such is the case of the teachers and students at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, PA and they are the subject of Judd Ehrlich’s documentary We Could Be King.
I was already sold on Disneynature's Bears when the trailer featuring Phillip Phillips' song "Home" offered up a heartwarming overlay to the captivating shots of grizzly bears frolicking in the wild.
But from the moment I popped in the Blu-ray and hit 'play,' I was immediately reminded how impressive these studio documentaries truly are. Every scene was so perfectly framed; one could easily do a screen grab at any time, hit print, and produce a beautiful still image suitable for hanging on a wall.
Here’s the first trailer for Julia Marchese‘s upcoming documentary Out of Print, which takes a look at the famed New Beverly Cinema and explores the role of revival cinema in the digital age. The film features quite a number of interesting voices
In 1975 director Sidney Lumet released an unconventional heist film by the name of Dog Day Afternoon, which starred Al Pacino as an unlikely bank robber trying to snag some money to pay for a sex change for his transgendered girlfriend. The story seemed outlandish and far ahead of its time, but as the old saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.
According to its synopsis, director Ginnetta Correli’s documentary The Beauty Strip is a film about individual erotic perception, however, in execution, it seems that perception is focused on the viewer rather than the subjects of the film itself. This short journey into nude modeling is comprised of experimental vignettes, shot using various filters set to bombastic dubstep and electronic music. While the film looks quite good in certain areas, the overall message of the film becomes blurred behind what can be viewed as just a series of softcore porn clips.