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DOC NYC: Miss Sharon Jones! And Bolshoi Babylon

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.14.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The sixth annual DOC NYC festival opened on Thursday with Miss Sharon Jones!, Barbara Kopple's documentary about soul singer Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Early on we see Sharon Jones getting her short braids shorn, an accommodation to her stage two pancreatic cancer as she was being treated with chemo.

Tom Brokaw Quips Wise at Lunch for Meru

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.01.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

On the third floor of the townhouse that is "21," Tom Brokaw interviewed Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi, the star and filmmakers of the documentary Meru at a special lunch celebrating the film's success.

Traveling the World With Michael Moore: Where to Invade Next

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Michael Moore's latest satiric film, Where to Invade Next, travels to Finland and Tunisia among other places with a central conceit: Countries most Americans wouldn't imagine to be so advanced are doing some things better than we are, so why not learn from them, and get our shit together?

Live From Toronto Film Festival: Sunday Sept. 13

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This year's edition will be remembered for putting both Jay Roach's Trumbo and James Vanderbilt's Truth in contention for the Oscar race. I saw the two films back to back on Sunday -- and they are guaranteed to both grip you and infuriate you

Live from the Nantucket Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is my second year at the Nantucket Film Festival, and this will probably be my one dispatch, mostly because I'm having too much fun to take time to write about it.

AFI Docs: Where Policy Meets Art

Michael Rose | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

There are thousands of film festivals in the world. A festival for every flavor of filmmaking from features, shorts, animation, horror, women, wildlife, documentaries and even for films featuring moustaches. Each one's vying for eyeballs. There are just a handful of fests that are considered important.

Montclair Film Festival: Expanding in its 4th Year

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Film festivals flourish in beautiful places. The Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, New Jersey, now at its midpoint, adds to that rule, expanding to ten days, and inaugurating awards for filmmaking in memory of two Montclair residents who died this year.

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Vladimir Putin to Margaux Hemingway

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

And if the festival is not enough to intrigue, one can always walk around the port of Thessaloniki, brimming with bars and outside tables, with people enjoying grilled octopus, kalamata olives, melted feta cheese and animated conversation (where is that crisis?)

Arianna Huffington, Elizabeth Banks Discuss The Life Changing Benefits Of Gratitude

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living

What if you had the power to change your life just by saying thank you? It sounds pretty elementary for such a monumental shift -- but that's what gra...

Daily Meditation: I Am Grateful

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Quincy Jones Holds Court at Keep On Keepin' On 's Premiere

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The buzz continues for the documentary Keep On Keepin' On, even this early in awards season: this documentary may follow 20 Feet from Stardom to Osca...

The Conversation We Shouldn't Be Afraid To Have

Jazmin Kay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Jazmin Kay

As a teenager or adult, it is so easy to get caught up in your own mind's trap and the status quo -- sometimes you need to trust that as Mariel said in the film "I was my best guide." You are your best guide.

J.D. Salinger: The Ultimate Celebrity

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The biggest revelation in the new documentary Salinger is that The Catcher in the Rye author was not a recluse. Rather fame averse and a champion of i...

Brian Williams' Deadpan: Crazy for Crazy at the Nantucket Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

As emcee at the Nantucket Film Festival's Tribute ceremony, at a former casino in Siasconset, on the island's far end, mild mannered Brian Williams br...

Mariel Hemingway on Finding Harmony, Balance and Herself

Stacey Gualandi | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacey Gualandi

I've always admired Mariel Hemingway for her acting on the big screen. But she is also an accomplished author and expert on all things health and well-being.

Harry Belafonte Waxes Historic at the First Time Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.03.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Just when you thought the world had enough film festivals! But in addition to discovering new talent, the First Time Film Festival celebrates the old in a unique way.

Extended Interview with Mariel Hemingway: New Doc "Running From Crazy" Tackles Family History of Suicide, Mental Illness

Democracy Now! | Posted 03.30.2013 | Entertainment
Democracy Now!

The new documentary "Running From Crazy" chronicles the life of actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of the great novelist Ernest Hemingway. Th...

Even After Midnight In Paris, I Prefer Woody Allen's Early Work

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great artists of all types and stripes confront the same challenge: once they've created something truly brilliant, how do they ever equal it, much less surpass it?

Page One: Inside the New York Times: The Medium As Message

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.15.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bitching and moaning about the immensity of the newspaper of record, the way its cornucopia of offerings chewed into his writerly workday, the essayis...

A Woman's Touch: Ten Great Films From Female Directors

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Though film directing has been an overwhelmingly male preserve, there's an enduring legacy of women directors to celebrate. To prove my point, here are ten of my own favorite titles helmed by women.

We're With Bigelow: 82 Women on Making it in Hollywood (VIDEO)

Megan Billman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Megan Billman

This film was born six weeks ago, over dinner, as we discussed Kathryn Bigelow's nomination and wondered why there hadn't been more women nominated in the category of best director.

Thoughts on Haiti, And the Spirit of Activism in Film

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great activist movies portray the ongoing struggle between the welfare of working people and larger societal forces, seemingly beyond their control, that threaten their integrity, livelihood, and often, their very survival.

Tom DeLay and the Woodstock Nation

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

It's wistful to reflect on a Woodstock Nation that never really materialized, its moment of rhythm and harmony trumped by the heavy-footed dance stylings of men like Tom DeLay.