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Love, FEMEN and a Bottle Revolution: Four to Watch at Hot Docs

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I've personally discovered the truth behind the world's headlines from documentaries.

Cosmos Rocks Science Right -- Again

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Cosmos is teaching at its best. Because it never feels like teaching. It feels like the greatest mystery story ever. The greatest action movie ever. The best drama series ever. The best comedy series too, probably. And when life is explained this well, it just cannot be beat.

The Oscar Film that Fed Europe's Hungry

William Lambers | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Every film has a message. It's the power of film that can entertain, inspire, or sometimes educate and bring great action toward a cause like world hunger.

Adoption Reunion Documentary, Closure, Raises Interesting Questions

E. Kay Trimberger | Posted 04.22.2014 | Black Voices
E. Kay Trimberger

As a white adoptive mother in California who helped my biracial son find and reunite with his Louisiana birth family only three years prior to Angela's search and reunion, I couldn't help compare my experience with that depicted in the film.

25 Documentaries You Need To Watch On Netflix Now

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.07.2014 | Arts

We've all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like "Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Piec...

'Extinction Soup': An Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Philip Waller & Executive Producer Stefanie Brendl

Dina Khayal | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Dina Khayal

Tens of millions of sharks are used for shark fin soup, a delicacy in many Eastern cultures. Research shows that the depletion of massive shark populations will have cascading effects throughout the oceans' ecosystems.

Sun Dancing on Snow: Shining a Bright Light on Social Justice

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Samuelson

Young filmmakers and their audiences are leading the march to a better world. An unstoppable wave of social justice is coming, long-overdue but now spread through the robust digital anthill of the millennial Web. Its films engender empathy that moves hearts and opens minds.

Using Skyfall to Fight Back Against Kim Jong-un

James Jones | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
James Jones

While making Secret State of North Korea for the investigative journalism series FRONTLINE, we found a group of defectors who are risking their lives once again to fight back against the regime of Kim Jong-un.

The Secret to Raising Entrepreneurial Kids

Dorie Clark | Posted 02.15.2014 | Small Business
Dorie Clark

Mazzio's surprising answer is that entrepreneurship can be taught -- and her films have inspired her to raise her own children differently. Here are four lessons from the world's top business leaders that Mazzio has incorporated into her family's life.

Six by Sondheim - The Artist and Teacher

Eden Lane | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Eden Lane

We see how an examination of the arts, and one artist in particular, has lessons for every kind of life. Stephen Sondheim, and other artists like him, do not merely entertain; they are teachers.

Animals Rights Is Focus of Ghosts in Our Machine

Tracy Baim | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tracy Baim

This is not about just gorillas in Africa, or dolphins in Japan. It is also about pigs, cows and chicken's rights in the U.S.

Thirteen Years in the Making: Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster Talk About Their Film American Promise

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.06.2014 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

One of the enduring hopes of the digital age is that technology can break down the barriers between peoples and races. A film thirteen years in the making, American Promise follows two African-American boys from first grade through high-school, showing the challenges and opportunities young black men face in today's education system.

Thankful for IDFA Documentary Market & RIP Peter Wintonick, 'King of Docs'

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.28.2014 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

The memorial tribute gathering of friends and colleagues during IDFA allowed everyone the chance to write in a memorial book, their memories and caring thoughts for Peter's family. At the vent, buttons were handed out which read, "Peter-King of Docs."

Trashed: A Documentary by Jeremy Irons and Candida Brady That City Hall Should Watch

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Anyone interested in the health of New York City (and the planet) should watch Trashed, a fantastic documentary directed by Candida Brady and produced, presented and narrated by Jeremy Irons.

15 Documentaries To Watch Out For This Year

Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts

It's that time of year again, when documentarians flock to New York City with film reels in tow to wow audiences with some of the industry's best non-...

NOTFILM, But Still Samuel Beckett

Deborah Stambler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Deborah Stambler

It turns out that Rosset had reels of film stored under his kitchen sink, including rare audio of Beckett at production meetings and material relating to the unused first scene. So why is this important?

The Most Important Revolution We Forgot

Ellen Snortland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Ellen Snortland

If I had a magic wand and could bonk you with it, I'd spirit you to a screening of a documentary I wish were mandatory viewing in schools: It's called Feminist: Stories of Women's Liberation.

What (Most) Schools Fail To Teach

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

What if there was something schools could do that was scientifically shown to promote emotional resilience, physical health and academic performance? But what if only a few schools had started to incorporate it into their curriculum?

"Just Passing By": Short Film on New Yorkers

John Sanchez | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
John Sanchez

Susi Dollnig's short film "Just Passing By" is a warm and casual glimpse of the lives of a handful of New Yorkers who sat down with the filmmaker at a cafe table she set up on different streets around the city.

New Series Highlights Black LGBT Visionaries

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Filmmaker, writer and activist Katina Parker has created "Truth.Be.Told.," a television series that documents the lives of queer black visionaries. ...

'What Will You Do When the Lights Come Up' -- RIP Working Film's Robert West

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 08.06.2013 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

Anyone who makes documentaries hopes they will make a difference. Robert West, who founded Working Films in 1999 with filmmaker Judith Helfand, spen...

WATCH: New Documentary Remembers First Major AIDS Fashion Show Benefit

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices

When the AIDS crisis emerged in the '80s, Hollywood and the fashion industry were both tragically affected. On February 19, 1987, Michael Anketell...

The Ismailia International Film Festival: Building a New Era of Arab Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Ismailia is a city in Egypt that is best known as "The City of Beauty and Enchantment," but also for its proximity to the Suez Canal and its soccer team, the Ismaily SC. Yet for the last 15 plus years, it has been the host town for a wonderful documentaries and shorts festival, the Ismailia International Film Festival.

AFI DOCS' 2013 Film Festival Schedule

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.22.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A documentary featuring celebrities reading some of the nearly 800,000 letters sent to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy after President Ken...

Leviathan: A Watery and Brutal un-Documentary

Tracey Harnish | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts
Tracey Harnish

There should be a warning for this movie, because while it's labeled a documentary, with its chiaroscuro lighting, it could be called an impressionist kaleidoscope dream, culled from real-life footage.