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Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize

HuffingtonPost.com | James Thilman | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts

Fourth-grader Scout is struggling to keep her composure during a parent-teacher conference as the teacher expounds upon the character-building aspects...

ReThink Review: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - The Man Inside the Wail

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's difficult to imagine a documentary about Kurt Cobain that could be more thorough, intimate, and definitive than Montage of Heck, which has more than enough rare and exclusive material that will surely be new to even the most obsessive Nirvana completist.

Crossing Enemy Lines

Betsy Chasse | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Betsy Chasse

A funny thing happened after I made the BLEEP -- for a while I found dogma. I found righteousness. I found the right road to heaven replete with the p...

A Planetary Perspective

Erin Sharoni | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Erin Sharoni

Planetary uses the unique perspective of astronauts to illustrate the earth's vulnerability in a way that is as extraordinary as it is simple.

Another Glimmer of Hope That the Veil of Silence Is Lifting

Allison Hope | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger does what a lot of films have not yet done: Shine a light on the life of a pioneer transgender activist and artist, without shying away from the nuances that makes Kate Bornstein the quirky, colorful, brilliant person she is.

Tribeca All Access 2015: Giving a Cinematic Voice to the Underrepresented

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

Film Seeks to Compel Parents to Ask Hard Questions about Mercury and Vaccinations

Tamar Abrams | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Tamar Abrams

There are few issues more polarizing these days than vaccines. Merely saying the word forces us to claim a side, often vehemently. Which is why it's i...

For the Love of People

Mimo Khair | Posted 04.17.2015 | Arts
Mimo Khair

Attempting documentary photography and not feeling compassionate love for people would be pointless as far as I am concerned. I love feeling the ...

The Pot Baron of Reality Television

Vicky Collins | Posted 04.16.2015 | Entertainment
Vicky Collins

After wrapping up that marijuana infused marathon, executive producer Gary Cohen says he's hooked.

It's Not Just About a Telescope

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

The movement to protect and preserve the summit of Mauna Kea, one of the most sacred sites in the Hawaiian Islands, has grown from a small group of local activists to a much larger and diverse coalition around the globe.

The Orphaned Elephants in Gorongosa

Michael Sainato | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Michael Sainato

The mass killings of elephants during the war disrupted elephant societies, leaving the orphans and traumatized survivors aggressively weary of the presence of humans. The park, with the assistance of Dr. Joyce Poole and her brother, cameraman Bob Poole, are building a mutually beneficial relationship with the elephants of the park.

The Film You Don't Want to Miss: 'Prescription Thugs' at the Tribeca Film Festival

Richard Taite | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

At the festival, the documentary film "Prescription Thugs" will be screened. I am honored to be featured in this film and to help educate the public about the grave danger that is posed by the abuse of prescription medications.

Going Against the Flow: Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir, Founder & CEO of Tagplay

Charu Sharma | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Charu Sharma

"When I changed how I thought about my life, I quit banking and did the things I really wanted to do. It felt a lot better. I not only felt liberated but I was also getting better results since I actually enjoyed what I was doing."

My Friendship and Journey With Albert Maysles

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

My friend, my supporter, my colleague -- whom I shared so many deeply personal stories with, as he shared stories of his life with me -- was leaving this world. I would no longer be able to call him, to see him or speak with him.

Storytelling vs Journalism: From The Jinx to This American Life

Miguel Macias | Posted 03.31.2015 | Media
Miguel Macias

Storytelling has a number of objectives, and ethical considerations are not necessarily compatible with these priorities. When we hear a story we want it to be engaging, we want to relate to interesting characters.

"Life Itself"  --  Roger Ebert and the Everlasting Power of Movie Criticism

Paul Cantor | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Paul Cantor

That much I gleaned from watching Life Itself, the acclaimed documentary from director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), which is based on Ebert's 2011 memoir, and is actually streaming on Netflix now.

Will HBO's 'Going Clear' Change The Church Of Scientology Forever?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The only murky thing in “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” HBO’s scathing new documentary, is: What will happen to the c...

Movie Review: While We're Young -- Aging Ungracefully

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.26.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Films about the generation gap tend to pit parent versus child, old values against new, youth versus age, experience against optimism. Which is what makes Noah Baumbach's While We're Young such a treat...

How Practice Perfects Us: Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein At Their Best

Adele Scheele | Posted 03.26.2015 | Entertainment
Adele Scheele

Hawke's documentary film captures that intimate conversation in which Seymour Bernstein bares his soul and reveals his true passion -- to transform young, gifted pianists into fine interpreters of music.

Maureen Ryan

10 Thoughts About 'The Jinx'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment

“The Jinx,” the HBO true-crime series that ended March 15, engendered a wave of intense attention and discussion as it rolled through its six-epis...

Making Sense of The Jinx, Robert Durst and What He Said

Joe Navarro | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

I don't know if the statements made by Mr. Durst in the HBO documentary will be admitted in a future trial or even if they are needed. What I can say from experience is this: We should not be surprised when people make utterances that inculpate them in crimes.

On Bone Boxes and the Brother of Jesus

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

While some scholars question James' being the author of the epistle bearing his name in the New Testament, those five chapters associated with the brother of the Lord offer a rich sense of Jewish wisdom as how to make sense of suffering, how to walk in faith, and how to care for the poor.

What It Really Takes To Combat Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living

It goes without saying that the United States' childhood obesity rates are beyond problematic -- approximately 17 percent of kids and adolescents in ...

Thank You, Albert Maysles

Sandi Bachom | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Sandi Bachom

There will be volumes, written about Albert's contribution to the paradigm shift, which took place in American cinema, when he freed the camera from its tripod. When he and his brother David, courageously, told the extraordinary stories of ordinary people.

Three Major Misconceptions About Africa

Timothy Kurek | Posted 03.18.2015 | DC
Timothy Kurek

As fate would have it I was introduced to Gessye, a grad student in Washington, D.C. who has experienced firsthand the ignorance of beliefs about her continent and decided to actually do something about it.