If you’re setting out to make a documentary about art, you’d be wise to follow Jeffrey Durkin’s lead and make sure that the caliber of your film’s visuals match that of art being depicted. Everything in Durkin’s Art as a Weapon, a short but stunningly beautiful 76-minute doc, is meticulously shot and framed to perfection. A film about art should look artful, and this film excels on all fronts.
1971 is one of the more interesting documentaries I have seen in some time. Largely told by the people involved with some recreations when necessary, the film tells the story of eight individuals’ break-in to a local FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971. What the uncovered would cause more embarrassment to and distrust of the Bureau though not brining it or its long-time chief J. Edgar Hoover exactly to its/his knees. The film’s opening includes a statement about Edward Snowden’s recent high-tech appropriation of numerous National Security Agency (NSA) documents as well as Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the so-called “Pentagon Papers” in 1971.
One of the more intriguing docs that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palmero‘s Rich Hill. Although I missed it at the fest, this film looks right up my alley, taking place in a poverty-stricken
Many people not steeped in the tech world may know who the prodigious Aaron Schwartz was, but Brian Knappenberger’s documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy, aims to shine a light on one of the most innovative and forward thinkers of this generation. In addition to being one of the creators of RSS and the popular information site Reddit, Schwartz was a strong believer in an Internet free from the bounds of corporate overlords. Although he tragically took his own life in 2013, his influence caused a ripple effect through policy changes and an outcry of support that the Internet should remain open to the world.
We, as Americans, have always had a morbid fascination with the concept of gawking at “freaks.” Be it from a circus sideshow, or more recently, from whatever the latest TLC reality program is, we just love looking at those different than the norm. In Leslie Zemeckis’ documentary, Bound by Flesh, two of the most famous sideshow performers, conjoined twins Violet and Diasy Hilton, are profiled. The film explores their lives, from their early exploitation, to their later years as independent, but struggling women trying to stay relevant after the fall of vaudeville.
Netflix has released a new trailer for its upcoming sports doc The Battered Bastards of Baseball, which chronicles the story of the Mavericks, a minor-league baseball team started up by Bing Russell, father of Kurt Russell. The film originally premiered at this
That dreaded and unexpected trip to the emergency room. All sorts of thoughts and anxieties will likely run through your mind should you find yourself there. What’s wrong with me? Am I going to catch somebody’s germs? How long am I going to be here? Can I afford this? Will my insurance cover it?
There is much enjoyment to be derived from the very entertaining sports documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball. It not only works for fans of the sport but also for non-fans alike. It’s about a rag-tag bunch of disparate personalities; it’s about bucking the system; and, like many great sports films, it’s about the underdog.
Paramount will be releasing a feature length documentary on the history behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, titled Turtle Power, which is set to hit DVD and VOD August 12th.
Here’s an exclusive clip for the upcoming documentary DSKNECTD, which takes a look at how we use technology, and how technology is impacting who we are as a society. The film is written and directed by Dominic H. White and will be
This week’s Kickstart Sunday project comes to us from director Jen Senko with her documentary The Brainwashing of my Dad. The film tells the story of the filmmaker’s father as he was transformed into a completely different person because