New Trailer for Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’CLOCK BOYS

New Trailer for Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’CLOCK BOYS

One of our favorite films of SXSW this year, and one of my top tens films of the year thus far, is Lotfy Nathan’s documentary 12 O’Clock Boys, which takes a look at illegal dirt bike riding in Baltimore.

Oscilloscope premiered the

Kickstart Sunday: FRAME BY FRAME

Kickstart Sunday: FRAME BY FRAME

It’s no secret that I love the subject of photo journalism.  If I wasn’t writing about film I would most likely be pursuing a career as a photo journalist, so whenever a film on the subject comes up, I’m always

REWIND THIS! Set to Premiere Exclusively on iTunes

REWIND THIS! Set to Premiere Exclusively on iTunes

One of our favorite docs at SXSW this year was Josh Johnson‘s Rewind This!, which takes a look at this history of VHS, and the resurgence of tape collecting.  Filmbuff and IPF Productions is releasing the film exclusively on iTunes

Tiff 2013: TIFF Docs Lineup

Tiff 2013: TIFF Docs Lineup

The TIFF Docs lineup has been announced for this year’s 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, with 22 interesting titles set to screen.  Some highlights include David Turner and Lara Zizic’s Mission Congo, Errol MorrisThe Unknown KnownJodorowsky’s Dune by Frank Pavich, and

THE ACT OF KILLING Review 9

THE ACT OF KILLING Review

After the overthrow of the Indonesian government in 1965, the new regime declared that anyone determined to be a communist is to be executed. The executions were not carried out by the military itself but by hired guns. Typically these death squads were run by local gangsters. No one responsible for these war crimes has ever been made to answer for these atrocities that cost untold numbers of people their lives. Decades later, directors Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn commemorate this dark period in Indonesian history by focusing their cameras on the men responsible.

BLACKFISH Review 9/10

BLACKFISH Review

Release Date: July 19th, 2013 (Limited)
Director:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Film Pulse Score: 9/10

In 2010 Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at Sea World, was killed by an Orca by the name of

GASLAND PART II Review 8/10

GASLAND PART II Review

Release Date: July 8th, 2013 (HBO)
Currently Available on HBO GO
Director:
MPAA Rating: NR
Film Pulse Score: 8/10

Josh Fox’s Gasland Part II takes all the information learned about natural gas

FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED Review 9

FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED Review

first cousin once removed The contrasting comfort and horror of losing your memory, to know and not know at once, is the inherent reality of Alzheimer's Disease. If you are to experience it, you are afforded the relief in allowing yourself to forget your weaknesses, faults, and mistakes, but that is paired against the absolute threat of not knowing the person before you in the mirror, next to you at your house, or staring at you from a collection of photos on your mantel.

GIDEON’S ARMY Review 8

GIDEON’S ARMY Review

Easily one of the most stressful and toughest jobs we have in this country is that of a public defender. With huge caseloads, little pay, and people’s lives on the line, it’s not a glamorous profession. You won’t see a public defender driving a nice sports car, or having billboards with their face plastered on them, but their role in our criminal justice system is much more noble, essential, and under-appreciated than any other. The toughest place to be a public defender is the American South, and that just so happens to be where Dawn Porter’s documentary Gideon’s Army takes place.