Kickstart Sunday: LEFT ON PURPOSE

This week’s Kickstart Sunday pick comes to us from directors Justin Schein and David Mehlman and their upcoming documentary Left on Purpose: The Disruptive Life of Mayer Vishner. The film profiles anti-war activist Mayer Vishner, his work with Abbie Hoffman, and his last political act –


DWF 2015: Linda Brown’s YOU SEE ME Clip (Exclusive)

Here we have an exclusive clip from the upcoming documentary You See Me, produced and directed by Linda Brown and making its world premiere at this year’s Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles. In the film, Brown compiles photos, Super 8 and


Amy Winehouse Doc AMY Gets a New Trailer

A24 has released the official trailer for the upcoming documentary Amy, looking at the life of singer Amy Winehouse. The film is directed by Asif Kapadia (SENNA) and features extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks from Winehouse.

Amy opens in theaters in


Sundance Hit THE WOLFPACK Gets a New Trailer

One of the most intriguing and fascinating films I’ve seen this year is Crystal Moselle‘s The Wolfpack, a documentary about six brothers kept in a small apartment in New York’s Lower East Side by their controlling father, never being allowed to leave

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Caroll Spinney may not be a household name, but his iconic Sesame Street characters surely are. For the last 48 years Spinney has been the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most well known characters in Disney’s Muppet universe. Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker’s film I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story takes a look at the man behind these characters and paints a lovingly crafted portrait of him, both in his professional career and his personal life.

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A documentary created with the approval of his family, Kurt Cobain’s only authorized biopic, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, manages to elevate itself well above most standard rock docs due to the quality and wealth of its content. Even as someone who wasn’t a huge fan of Nirvana, I found myself hanging onto every moment of this gripping and expertly crafted film by Brett Morgen.


ROOM 237 Director’s Latest, THE NIGHTMARE Gets a New Trailer

Gravitas Ventures has released a new trailer for Room 237 director Rodney Ascher’s latest documentary, The Nightmare, which looks at eight different people who suffer from night terrors and sleep paralysis, trapping them in states of semi-consciousness, where they witness horrific visions, but



A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Lego documentary, titled A Lego Brickumentary, which takes a look at everyone’s favorite building blocks and the history behind what would become one of the most successful toy brands in the

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Tribeca 2015: TOTO AND HIS SISTERS Review

Romanian documentary Toto and His Sisters (Toto si surorile lui) is a great example of how fact can be far more captivating than fiction.

Writer/director Alexander Nanau takes an unflinching look on the lives of three siblings – Ana-Maria (17), Andreea Violeta (14) and Toto (10) – who must take care of themselves and each other amid an abysmal, poverty-stricken, drug-riddled environment. With absent fathers and an imprisoned mother, the trio must find ways to feed and clothe themselves, get an education and avoid becoming pulled into the treacherous grip of heroin addiction, continuously looming over them.

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Although its characters are not as adorable, kind and tender as Disneynature’s trailer for Monkey Kingdom would like you to believe, the documentary still manages to have us rooting for some of the more ruthless members Temple Troop, a family of Sri Lankan toque macaque monkeys, by its end.

Opening with the aptly selected theme song, “Hey, Hey We're The Monkees,” from the 1960s Monkees television show, the film offers up a montage of these playful “temple monkeys” bounding back and forth between ancient ruins and tree branches and swinging from each other’s tails.